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    A friend of mine has a couple golden tailed geckos, strophurus taenicauda, and she had recently fed the 2 ndividuals honey. Within 10 minutes, these 2 individuals went from being perfectly healthy looking to near dead looking. It started with difficulty breathing, large gasps for air, then blowing mucous bubbles, then regurgitating large amounts of clear, thick mucous. From here, breathing seemed to stop. They had lost strength rapidly and would try their hardest to sit with their heads up, gasping for a breath every once in a while. This has persisted for a coupe hours. Though the geckos have regained some strength, they still struggle to breath and still hold their heads high with throats agape. Any idea what could have caused this? The only thing i can think of was maybe the quality of the honey was bad. I don't know much about these geckos, but i would assume honey shouldn't hurt them like that. I am hoping they pull through. I will contact her tomorrow for an update.

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    It may be something to do with the fact that honey does not form part of their diet. I would have thought that the viscosity of honey could make it easily act as an asphyxiant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh_r View Post
    A friend of mine has a couple golden tailed geckos, strophurus taenicauda, and she had recently fed the 2 ndividuals honey. Within 10 minutes, these 2 individuals went from being perfectly healthy looking to near dead looking. It started with difficulty breathing, large gasps for air, then blowing mucous bubbles, then regurgitating large amounts of clear, thick mucous. From here, breathing seemed to stop. They had lost strength rapidly and would try their hardest to sit with their heads up, gasping for a breath every once in a while. This has persisted for a coupe hours. Though the geckos have regained some strength, they still struggle to breath and still hold their heads high with throats agape. Any idea what could have caused this? The only thing i can think of was maybe the quality of the honey was bad. I don't know much about these geckos, but i would assume honey shouldn't hurt them like that. I am hoping they pull through. I will contact her tomorrow for an update.
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    Very sad. Call me paranoid if you want (generally speaking),but this is why I would never even soak a gecko in sugar water. Really hope they pull through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh_r View Post
    A friend of mine has a couple golden tailed geckos, strophurus taenicauda, and she had recently fed the 2 ndividuals honey. Within 10 minutes, these 2 individuals went from being perfectly healthy looking to near dead looking. It started with difficulty breathing, large gasps for air, then blowing mucous bubbles, then regurgitating large amounts of clear, thick mucous. From here, breathing seemed to stop. They had lost strength rapidly and would try their hardest to sit with their heads up, gasping for a breath every once in a while. This has persisted for a coupe hours. Though the geckos have regained some strength, they still struggle to breath and still hold their heads high with throats agape. Any idea what could have caused this? The only thing i can think of was maybe the quality of the honey was bad. I don't know much about these geckos, but i would assume honey shouldn't hurt them like that. I am hoping they pull through. I will contact her tomorrow for an update.
    These are typical symptoms of a "wrong route", i.e. honey having accidentally entered the upper part of the respiratory tract. As Graham stated, most likely it is due to the viscosity of honey...not to a supposed toxicity. Diluting honey to make it more fluid might have led to a much less problematic situation.
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    The viscosity could have something to do with it. As an update, the 2 geckos are alive and gained strength. She said the female laid 2 eggs the night of the incident. As of today, they are breathing normally and resting, really dark and suddenly skinny. This is very strange. I've never heard of this before.
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    Sudden skin darkening after some of the symptoms you've described is consistent with toxicity, but who knows. Hope they continue on a good path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    Sudden skin darkening after some of the symptoms you've described is consistent with toxicity, but who knows. Hope they continue on a good path.
    It could also have been caused by massive and sudden stress.
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    Well, i was able to see them today. They look much better aside from the massive weight loss they endured in 24 hours. Lets hope they can get their weight back up to normal without any trouble.

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