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    On Saturday (today is Wednesday) I took my two leopard geckos outside to enjoy the sun while I made substrate caves in their new tank. Because this isn't the first time I've brought them outside, and because they're desert animals, I thought nothing of it. They were in a plastic container and I didn't think to give them a place to hide from the heat. Long story short, I feel terrible and had a lot of tears after finding Peter dead. He was almost 4 years old, and I've been his mama for the last year or so. I thought Barb was dead too, but, after rushing them inside, I realized she was still breathing a bit. Unsurprisingly I freaked out, quickly got her in her little travel tank, put her in front of an air conditioner vent, popped a few crickets in there and basically put her face in her water bowl. She was breathing slowly, blinking her eyes, but her feet were a dark pink and looked fried. Over the course of Saturday, she didn't move much but I checked on her about once an hour (and left her in a low-traffic area of the house so she could just recuperate without extra stress or distraction for a while). By Sunday, my hopes started to rise because I could tell she was getting better - she started lifting her head again. Monday she was definitely able to turn around, but I noticed that on one side of her body both legs work well (although she's very slow and doesn't stand all the way up yet), and the other side they're very floppy. On this side of her body, the back leg is dragging. The front leg, however, is active but it looks like she's walking on her wrists with her hand kind of crumpled under her or backwards, like it's just there. It's heartbreaking. But by Tuesday, she looked to be strong enough for me to transfer her to her cage (it's very humid where I am and the substrate hadn't dried completely, especially since I was still working on it while I didn't want to pick her up). So last night, I picked her up and she really struggled with that. Instead of trying to crawl away she flipped over in my hand twice before I placed her in her new tank. She is looking much happier, but she's a really slow-moving little thing now. My totally uneducated guess is she suffered neurological issues that wrecked one side of her body, the side where two of her legs aren't working very well.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience? What else can I do to help her recover? Should I expect her to recover? Any and all thoughts or advice are welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

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    I’m so sorry this happened to you and your baby, but I’m glad she’s making some improvement! My first thought would be to get her to an exotic vet as quickly as possible. It sounds like she’s making some progress, but a good vet will be able to make sure she is getting enough hydration and be able to evaluate and treat any other issues going on. I suspect you may be right about her having some neurological problems. Excessive heat can cause brain damage in a surprisingly short amount of time. How much of her condition is reversible is something the vet could tell you after an exam.
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    Thank you!

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    Hi again! I was just thinking about Barb. How is she doing now?
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    She is doing SO much better. Completely back to normal as if nothing happened. I ended up hand-feeding her butter worms daily for probably about a week and a half to two weeks and keeping her water bowl full every day. I also bought a leopard gecko diet from Premium Crickets, which is just like a blend of crickets and fruits into a powder that you mix with water like a smoothie for the gecko to drink. I never saw her drink it, but that doesn't mean she never did. Throughout that two-ish week period, she started standing on all four legs, although two two on one side of her body still weren't really working. She was basically walking on her wrists for a little while. And then slowly she started climbing around again, and I would say after about two weeks her legs were completely back to normal. Now she's back to being super speedy in catching crickets and exploring the tank! I had read a little about how geckos are able to regenerate brain cells and had my fingers crossed that whatever was causing her legs to fail would heal, it they totally did. Thank you for asking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathryn&barb View Post
    She is doing SO much better. Completely back to normal as if nothing happened. I ended up hand-feeding her butter worms daily for probably about a week and a half to two weeks and keeping her water bowl full every day. I also bought a leopard gecko diet from Premium Crickets, which is just like a blend of crickets and fruits into a powder that you mix with water like a smoothie for the gecko to drink. I never saw her drink it, but that doesn't mean she never did. Throughout that two-ish week period, she started standing on all four legs, although two two on one side of her body still weren't really working. She was basically walking on her wrists for a little while. And then slowly she started climbing around again, and I would say after about two weeks her legs were completely back to normal. Now she's back to being super speedy in catching crickets and exploring the tank! I had read a little about how geckos are able to regenerate brain cells and had my fingers crossed that whatever was causing her legs to fail would heal, it they totally did. Thank you for asking!
    Thanks for sharing. Recoveries like Barb's are always heartwarming!
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    I’m so glad to hear that she recovered so well! That’s awesome!
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    Iím so glad to hear that she recovered so well! Thatís awesome!
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