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    I have a trio of 2.5 month old panther geckos and this afternoon I noticed one dropped its tail. It seems that he/she is having trouble walking as well and Im concerned if this is normal. there are four hides and enough food so I dont think it was a cage mate but I cant find the tail either. Has anyone had experience with dropped tails before? Thanks

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    If it seems a little disoriented it could be a sign of a calcium deficiency. Was it a female by chance? I have had in the past had bedding females have seizure like symptoms and drop their tails without having it bitten by another... Are you keeping a trio as in a male and 2 females? If so you will want to separate them because this species can begin breeding at a very young age. Sorry to hear about your little gecko and hopefully it recovers quickly....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mykey93 View Post
    I have a trio of 2.5 month old panther geckos and this afternoon I noticed one dropped its tail. It seems that he/she is having trouble walking as well and Im concerned if this is normal. there are four hides and enough food so I dont think it was a cage mate but I cant find the tail either. Has anyone had experience with dropped tails before? Thanks
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    When a gecko is housed with another and drops their tail, there is always a chance there was a fight. I would separate them which is recommended to keep the gecko clean and less stressed after tail loss. If the gecko continues to have trouble walking after a few hours, there can be injury and should be taken to the vet. Of course assuming the trouble walking began after you noticed the tail loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek V View Post
    If it seems a little disoriented it could be a sign of a calcium deficiency. Was it a female by chance? I have had in the past had bedding females have seizure like symptoms and drop their tails without having it bitten by another... Are you keeping a trio as in a male and 2 females? If so you will want to separate them because this species can begin breeding at a very young age. Sorry to hear about your little gecko and hopefully it recovers quickly....
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    The day before it dropped the gecko did seem to seize for 5 minutes then go back into hiding. I seemed to of startled it which caused that to happen. I guess I will start putting more calcium in for them, thanks for the reply! I will let you know how it goes.

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    I checked up on it and its the two back legs that seem to be getting dragging a long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mykey93 View Post
    I checked up on it and its the two back legs that seem to be getting dragging a long.
    You definitely need to get the poor little thing to a vet as soon as possible good luck keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mykey93 View Post
    I checked up on it and its the two back legs that seem to be getting dragging a long.
    The leg dragging makes me suspect MBD bring it to the vet and provide calcium for them effectively immediately. If you cant find the tail chances are it got eaten, when a lizard drops its tail the nerves go wild and make it flop like a food item. this is a defense mechanism in the wild so if a predator grabs them the tail goes wild and stimulates the predators feeding response while the lizard gets away. keep us posted on what the vet says, as mentioned try separating them as they breed early

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