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    Some of my son's leopard gecko's toes fell off. Although our vet didn't seem to know why, after a little investigation I think it has to do with a shedding issue. We have created a hide now, and are wondering if anyone can tell us if and when the toes will grow back? Is there anything we should be doing?

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    Most probably the reason for the loss of the toes is a shedding problem.

    Those problems can have multiple reasons like too dry or too humid environment and/or inadequate supplementation of the feeder insects.
    The toes wont grow back.
    Im mainly interested in Southern African geckos, especially Pachydactylus.
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    Will the gecko be okay or not? We have added a better hide to provide more humidity we think it was too dry. Any other suggestions?

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    The gecko will be fine, just have short toes...the same thing happens some times on the tip of the tail. If the situation comes up in the future, you can soak the affected toe(s) in lukewarm water for a little while and gently try to remove the skin with tweezers. Another thing that has an impact on shedding is photoperiod, so if your gecko is around lights being on at night, tv's, etc...you may want to try covering its cage at night. Just check to see if any skin is left after your gecko sheds. Your vet sounds to me like he/she should just tell you they haven't been around any reptiles before. This is a common issue for a commonly kept reptile....?

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    His toes are growing back a little and he is doing well. I actually did not answer my vet's questions accurately, and she did refer me to a vet specializing in reptiles.

    I have one more question if you get a chance to answer. In order to provide a little extra warmth at night, someone recommended a red light. Is that a bad idea? temperature was dipping below 70 at night.

    Thanks so much for your help.

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    When I had leos in the past, I just kept them with under tank heaters and left them on all the time unless the room temperature for some reason (like the a/c going out in the summer) was up near 80. What kind of heating are you using during the day? It sounds like you have a basking lamp maybe?

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    We have a basking lamp and a heater on the side of the tank.

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    I think you should be fine if the heater is on at night. To tell you the truth, I think the gecko would be fine even if the temp was 70 or a little below at night even without extra heat. If it wants to warm up, it will find a spot next to the heater, the red light isn't really necessary. Some breeders of leos keep their geckos cooler in the winter to better stimulate breeding in the spring, so its not really too dangerous to let the night temps get a little cooler than usual. Hope this helps,

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    That does help. He was hanging out near the heater a lot at night, and someone I met in the pet store told me the same as you. She said we didn't need it. We do like to watch him while he eats, the tail shaking routine is just too cute, but perhaps after that we will start turning it off.

    Thanks so much for your help. This is my 7 year old son's first lizard and he was really worried when Tiger's toes fell off. All seems to be well for now.

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    Hi ~

    Another method for carefully loosening skin stuck after a shed is the humidity chamber. Perforate the lid of a suitably sized plastic container. Wet a wash cloth with warm water, squeeze it out, and place into container. Then add your gecko. Place this under a light/lamp---not too warm. You will see droplets form in the container. Great! Leave the gecko in there for about an hour or so. Then remove gecko and gently assist him/her with the remaining shed. Be especially careful around the toes and toenails so as not to inadvertently remove a nail.
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