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    I went out for a few hours tonight and came home to find a strange splotch on the floor of the terrarium and Iím not sure what it is. For some background info, I adopted Dexter on Tuesday from a friend of a friend. She hasnít eaten her crickets, something Iíve attributed to her needing time to adjust to a new setting, but she has pooped. From what I can tell, she hasnít been too lethargic and Iíve caught her out and about a few times. I just want to know if I should be worried about her health or if she needs a visit to the vet.
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, x-dimension!

    I can barely see that "splotch".

    Is Dexter a leopard gecko?

    Please help us out by sharing
    1. Dexter's approximate age
    2. Dexter's length from snout to tail tip
    3. Brand, exact name, & frequency of supplements
    4. Size of enclosure
    5. Ground temps of enclosure

    Please include a 60 second video of Dexter walking around on a solid surface like a carpet so we can check her out for MBD.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-27-2021 at 02:39 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Thanks for the reply. The blot disappeared this morning. I would think it was water, but it wasnít too close to her bowl and it didnít look like any of it spilled.
    Dexter is likely 3-4 years old. Her previous owner told me she got her from PetCo 3 years ago. Iíve dusted the crickets with Zoo Medís Reptivite supplement, but she hasnít eaten any of the crickets that were dusted. I also keep a cap of Mazuri Gut Loading Diet in the cricket pen for their food. Iíve also tried tong feeding her a few times every other day and she wouldnít eat. For her enclosure, she has a 20 Gallon tank. I try to keep the warm side between 80 and 90 degrees while the cool side stays between 70 and 80. Sheís in her cool hide now and Iíd rather not stress her out. I can get the video/measurements later tonight.
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    And yes, Dexter is a Leopard Gecko! I forgot to put that in my previous reply!
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    Quote Originally Posted by x_dimension View Post
    Thanks for the reply. The blot disappeared this morning. I would think it was water, but it wasn’t too close to her bowl and it didn’t look like any of it spilled.
    Dexter is likely 3-4 years old. Her previous owner told me she got her from PetCo 3 years ago. I’ve dusted the crickets with Zoo Med’s Reptivite supplement, but she hasn’t eaten any of the crickets that were dusted. I also keep a cap of Mazuri Gut Loading Diet in the cricket pen for their food. I’ve also tried tong feeding her a few times every other day and she wouldn’t eat. For her enclosure, she has a 20 Gallon tank. I try to keep the warm side between 80 and 90 degrees while the cool side stays between 70 and 80. She’s in her cool hide now and I’d rather not stress her out. I can get the video/measurements later tonight.
    You're welcome.

    This blot could also have been urine. Leos excrete feces, urates, and urine.

    Sometimes both male & female leos go off food, but maintain their weights.

    Have you a thermostat for Dexter's heat source? That will prevent spikes and keep enclosure temps to her liking. If her room temps are about 67*F plus during the night, it's safe to turn off any enclosure heating during the night.

    1. How often had you been dusting her crickets with ZM's Reptivite with D3 while she was still eating?
    2. So she NEVER ate a dusted cricket?
    3. Light or heavy dusting of crickets?
    4. Please include an image of your leo's full body and her total length from snout to tail tip.
    5. Please include a close up of Mazuri Gut Loading Diet's ingredients.

    I look forward to your video.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    I donít have a thermostat, but I use a regular basking bulb during the day that usually gets up to 90 degrees and a heat mat underneath the tank. At night, I switch to a ceramic emitter that keeps the warm side at 75.
    Ive tried lightly dusting a few crickets every time Iíve fed her while leaving a few insisted to see if she would prefer one or the other. She didnít eat off the tongs and she didnít hunt either. Her previous owner would dust her crickets, but I havenít seen her eat any since I got her (no worms, previous owner said they made her sick). As far as length goes, sheís about 8 and a half inches. Iím having a little trouble uploading the video.
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    Welcome! It's not unusual for a gecko in a new place not to eat for days, and to be honest, sometimes even for weeks! When you say 90 degrees, are you talking about the air temp or the floor temp. If it's the floor temp, great! If it's the air temp, I think it's too hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x_dimension View Post
    I don’t have a thermostat, but I use a regular basking bulb during the day that usually gets up to 90 degrees and a heat mat underneath the tank. At night, I switch to a ceramic emitter that keeps the warm side at 75.
    Ive tried lightly dusting a few crickets every time I’ve fed her while leaving a few insisted to see if she would prefer one or the other. She didn’t eat off the tongs and she didn’t hunt either. Her previous owner would dust her crickets, but I haven’t seen her eat any since I got her (no worms, previous owner said they made her sick). As far as length goes, she’s about 8 and a half inches. I’m having a little trouble uploading the video.
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    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-25-2021 at 10:31 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    I'm talking about the air temp. If it's too hot, I can get a weaker bulb or turn up my apartments AC.

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