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    I bought a new leo gecko today from a reptile house and when i got home i noticed these white like flakes on her head. i was just curious if anyone knew what it was. (pic attached)
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    Quote Originally Posted by careyk View Post
    I bought a new leo gecko today from a reptile house and when i got home i noticed these white like flakes on her head. i was just curious if anyone knew what it was. (pic attached)
    Hi,

    Let me guess, you have no history on her? poor nutrition Have you set her all up and bought everything she needs including supplements? Read over this caresheet and get back to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    Hi,

    Let me guess, you have no history on her? poor nutrition
    Is that what that is? I've never heard of such a thing. Good to know. It looks like from the pic that she's very skinny. Poor thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Embrace Calamity View Post
    Is that what that is? I've never heard of such a thing. Good to know. It looks like from the pic that she's very skinny. Poor thing.

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    yes, vitamin deficiency. Another picture example in this thread, but not as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    yes, vitamin deficiency. Another picture example in this thread, but not as bad.

    http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...g-light-9.html
    Any particular vitamin (eg vitamin A deficiency leads to eye problems), or just vitamins in general?

    Looking closely, it looks like there might be the tip of the one toe missing, or am I imagining that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Embrace Calamity View Post
    Any particular vitamin (eg vitamin A deficiency leads to eye problems), or just vitamins in general?

    Looking closely, it looks like there might be the tip of the one toe missing, or am I imagining that?

    ~Maggot
    Not sure she has a missing toe tip? There are many Vitamin A, Niacin, or vitamin B3 and so on. Too much Vitamin A can cause excessive shedding, but it looks a bit different. Poor little one.

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    Yea. I really dont have much history on her, which does suck. She is extremely skinny. I already have everything i need to take care of her (cage, heating, supplements) because i already have a Leo. I just want to make sure its nothing that can cause my other leo to get sick. She is eating just fine since i picked her up this morning, so im not having any issues with her not eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by careyk View Post
    I bought a new leo gecko today from a reptile house and when i got home i noticed these white like flakes on her head. i was just curious if anyone knew what it was. (pic attached)
    Quote Originally Posted by careyk View Post
    Yea. I really dont have much history on her, which does suck. She is extremely skinny. I already have everything i need to take care of her (cage, heating, supplements) because i already have a Leo. I just want to make sure its nothing that can cause my other leo to get sick. She is eating just fine since i picked her up this morning, so im not having any issues with her not eating.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Please share a picture of your whole leo.

    What size tank have you for this leo? Thermal gradient? How are you managing calcium and vitamins? Brands?

    It is very important that you thoroughly read the caresheet cricket4u linked in post #2 on this thread or in my signature below. There is a huge amount of misinformation out there regarding leo husbandry not only from pet stores, but also from manufacturers who label products: "For Leopard Geckos"! One example is Vita-Sand, a calcium-based sand, which should NEVER be used because it can easily result in impaction.

    I do my very best to keep the Leopard Gecko Caresheet as current as possible. So click and read ...it's that simple .
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    Okay... as far as care......
    Tank: i have the eco terrain larg low (36x18x1. substrates i have the carpet, no sand, have never used sand.


    vitamins: i have lqd pure calcium, lqd multi vitamin (both lqd are flukers), i have pwd calcium with D3 that i dust on the crickets once every 2 weeks (reptivite).

    Food: main food source is crickets, occasionally mealworms.

    ..... I havnt had any issues with food, vitamins, or housing with my first Leo. I have had her for 3 months without any issues. Its this new one i just bought that i didnt notice the exactly how skinny she was and the white like flakes on her head till i got home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by careyk View Post
    Okay... as far as care......
    Tank: i have the eco terrain larg low (36x18x1. substrates i have the carpet, no sand, have never used sand.


    vitamins: i have lqd pure calcium, lqd multi vitamin (both lqd are flukers), i have pwd calcium with D3 that i dust on the crickets once every 2 weeks (reptivite).

    Food: main food source is crickets, occasionally mealworms.

    ..... I havnt had any issues with food, vitamins, or housing with my first Leo. I have had her for 3 months without any issues. Its this new one i just bought that i didnt notice the exactly how skinny she was and the white like flakes on her head till i got home.
    Suggest powdered Reptivite with D3/vitamin A acetate. Is that the Reptivite you have or just calcium with D3?

    Excellent on tank size!!!

    The leo you picture IS underweight. Think I can see her spine.

    What are the temperatures in your tank?

    This schedule is suggested:
    light dusting 2x per week with a supplement containing D3
    either phosphorus-free calcium with D3 1x per week
    + Reptivite with D3 1x per week

    OR 2x per week with Reptivite with D3

    At this time I am recommending that a very small bottlecap of plain calcium carbonate be kept in the tank 24/7. With a proper and varied diet that should not be a problem.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-20-2013 at 07:09 AM.
    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."

    Click:
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    Health Questionnaire

    ===> URGENT: No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium EVER <===


    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Lygodactylus kimhowelli ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ P. tigrinus

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