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    Hi all,

    I have an 8 month male leopard gecko that I received from a breeder 2 months ago, and had been raised exclusively on mealworms. He is in a 30 gallon long tank, with an underpad heater and heat lamp on one side. His substrate is slate tile. Warm side is about 34 degrees, cool side is 27 - 28 degrees. He has 3 hides, one on each side and a moist one in the middle that gets misted daily. He is generally a good eater, eating about 6 - 11 mealworms a day, with an occasional silkworm or wax worm weekly. He has calcium only in his tank 24/7, and his food is dusted with vitamins once a week, and calcium with or without D3 3 times a week. I'm getting worried because he hasn't pooed since August 9, and hasn't peed since August 11. I've tried a warm bath for 15 minutes last night with no success. He has only eaten a few mealworms the last 2 days, but I think that's because he hasn't been able to poo. He is still very active. This morning I found him in his food bowl legs apart looking like he was trying to go but unable to. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Have you tried rubbing his belly (from nose to tail)? Or had a look at his underside, the skin is a bit thin on the belly so you might be able to see if there's a dark blob? Does he have a water bowl too?

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    Hi mecoat,
    I'll try the rubbing his belly tonight. When I looked last night I could make out a small dark line. He does have a water bowl that is changed daily, and I have seen him use it, but not recently.

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    I find that having him stand on your non-dominant arm allows you to get your finger under his belly quite easily. (Non-dominant as you have more dexterity in your dominant hand for finger control.) Gentle strokes should work (of course if it does work, be aware he might go all over you!).
    I asked about the water bowl, as I didn't see you mention it, and just wanted to check he had plenty of access to water, which it appears he does, so can (probably) rule out dehydration.
    Not sure a line is impaction, perhaps a picture when you get him out tonight?

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    Will post picture tonight. Thanks a lot for the tip! I will be very happy if I get poop on my arm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin_ac View Post
    Will post picture tonight. Thanks a lot for the tip! I will be very happy if I get poop on my arm!
    Wow, you must be really worried. It won't just be on your arm though. Mine pood on me once, and it's quite wet when it comes out, and it almost exploded on me (bounced onto the floor, small shower of water...) Don't wear your favourite clothes is all I'm saying.

    Also make sure your hand and arm are nice and warm before you start - cold hands will probably not help.

    Good luck

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    I tried a 10 minute warm soak followed by a belly rub tonight, so we'll see if that helps out. He ate 1 silkworm and 2 mealworms this evening, so I'm not worried about his appetite. He's also still very active. Thanks again for your input.

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    Hi,

    There's a good chance he is not defecating simply because he's not eating much. You mentioned he only ate a few mealworms within the last few days, his tummy looks clear and he's active. He's also eating which is unlikely with impaction. He's probably wondering what is your problem rubbing his belly. If he doesn't defecate within 2 days then there may be a problem. If he does not perhaps it will be best to fill out the health questionnaire.

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    He may be sitting in the food dish for other reasons. Can you post a picture of the enclosure?

    Correction- Sorry, I don't use dishes for food with reptiles which I only feed insects to. I see dish, I think water.
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    Hi Cricket4u,

    Thanks for your reply. I was only worried because he hasn't pooed since the 9th, and he was eating fine.... 12 mealworms on the 10th and 12th and 4 yesterday. I'll give it some more time though.
    Thanks!

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    You're welcome. I added a question to the post.

    mealworms on the 10th and 12th and 4 yesterday. This amount is actually not as much as it sounds. He's at at age in which he will begin slowing down. A lot of it goes to the tail. I can tell by his body condition. Do you have a thermostat controlling the UTH? What's the air temp in the warm end? Humidity?

    I suggest that you begin to make changes to his diet especially at this age. I would feed more cricket, less mealworms, roaches, silkworms, hornworms, phoenix worms, butterworms(not a favorite) and delete the waxworms.
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    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
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    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!
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