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    This is another odd behaviour I've been noticing in my gecko as of late. He'll rub the side of his face against the wall and his hides and such while kind of "slithering" around on his belly and wagging his tail in odd directions.

    He will see a vet on the 9th of July, but in the meantime, does anyone know what this behavior means?

    It is not related to shedding.

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    I saw Maiyer and Emma (see signature) doing the same thing last night! But all of my Leo's do it often, and they are simply rubbing their scent on everything. Maiyer would rub himself on his dry hide, and then Emma would smell it and also rub herself in the same spot.
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    It's good to hear that it may just be normal behavior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0101 View Post
    It's good to hear that it may just be normal behavior.
    The face rubbing has nothing to do with scent marking. Are you 100% sure there was no left over shed around his mouth? I don't want to give you a heart attack and then come to find out, you found a piece of shed days later.

    Plant is plastic right?
    Did you clean the enclosure with any harsh or new chemicals?
    Any other symptoms or anything new in general?
    First day you noticed him scratching the face? Just once?
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    I check him over after every shed and there was no stuck shed that I could see, but the rubbing started before I even moved him into his new tank. He's been doing it for a few weeks as far as I've noticed.

    The plant is plastic, yes. I rinsed it out well before introducing it.

    I don't use any harsh chemicals to clean his tiles, just a small drop of dish soap and a good rinse. When I got his new tank I used alcohol wipes before wiping the tank out with baby wipes. It sat empty de-fuming for over a week after that.

    This isn't the first time I've seen him do it. I have seen him do it several times in both his old tank and his new tank.
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    No new symptoms that I can see aside from struggle pooping and yellow urates that you already know about. I'm getting him to a vet on the 9th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0101 View Post
    I check him over after every shed and there was no stuck shed that I could see, but the rubbing started before I even moved him into his new tank. He's been doing it for a few weeks as far as I've noticed.

    The plant is plastic, yes. I rinsed it out well before introducing it.

    I don't use any harsh chemicals to clean his tiles, just a small drop of dish soap and a good rinse. When I got his new tank I used alcohol wipes before wiping the tank out with baby wipes. It sat empty de-fuming for over a week after that.

    This isn't the first time I've seen him do it. I have seen him do it several times in both his old tank and his new tank.
    So you wipe with baby wipes and do not rinse? If you don't, I suggest that you begin to. I'm really trying not to cross the line here, so what I would suggest is to call his vet in the AM. Tell the receptionist to inform the vet that you have a concern. Explain that you have noticed Tommy scratching his face, mention frequency,ask if he/she believes it's a cause for concern and if he should be seen sooner.
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    How can I rinse out a whole tank? You mean like with a hose outside? Because I don't have a sink that big.

    I have a hearing disability and cannot make phone calls. Moreover, I do not have a ride available to get to the vet sooner than that. It is over an hour away and I can't drive, nor do I have a vehicle. The 9th is the best I can do.

    I had Tommy out today and he is alert and active. He has been moving between hides tonight and he seems to be energetic. I will try feeding him again tomorrow to see if will eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0101 View Post
    How can I rinse out a whole tank? You mean like with a hose outside? Because I don't have a sink that big.

    I have a hearing disability and cannot make phone calls. Moreover, I do not have a ride available to get to the vet sooner than that. It is over an hour away and I can't drive, nor do I have a vehicle. The 9th is the best I can do.

    I had Tommy out today and he is alert and active. He has been moving between hides tonight and he seems to be energetic. I will try feeding him again tomorrow to see if will eat.
    How can I rinse out a whole tank? You mean like with a hose outside?
    That would be the best way. I don't see a point in using baby wipes, to be honest. You can use the alcohol, but make sure to rinse it well.

    struggle pooping and yellow urates that you already know about
    This is concerning, although at least this is good to hear:

    I had Tommy out today and he is alert and active. He has been moving between hides tonight and he seems to be energetic.
    Where is the last questionnaire you filled out buried? I need to refresh my memory.
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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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