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    Hi all,

    A month ago, my Leo looked healthy and normal. Since then he has been getting extremely skinny, stopped eating, and his legs began to look as if they are shriveling up or dragging at times. He still moves at a semi normal pace, but started to just sit in random corners of the tank often instead of using his hides.

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    His name is Cheech, and I believe he is about 4.5 years old as I adopted him when he was young. I never thought of weighing him, but he is just over 5 inches long. His terrarium is a 10gal tank with a warm side at about 86 degrees and a cool moist side at about 74-77 degrees (Fahrenheit). His diet was mostly mealworms with some super worms as he always avoids crickets and roaches. Until today I used calcium sand on for substrate but am now using paper towels to see if I can find the source of the problems. He hasnít pooped and seems to be constipated. He will drink water sometimes but often just bathes in it. shedding is normal. The reptile store advised I fill a bowl with Pangea gecko diet growth and feeding mixture, so I added that today but he has not eaten it, only bathed in it like the water.

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    Here are pictures as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheech123 View Post
    Hi all,

    A month ago, my Leo looked healthy and normal. Since then he has been getting extremely skinny, stopped eating, and his legs began to look as if they are shriveling up or dragging at times. He still moves at a semi normal pace, but started to just sit in random corners of the tank often instead of using his hides.

    For reference:
    His name is Cheech, and I believe he is about 4.5 years old as I adopted him when he was young. I never thought of weighing him, but he is just over 5 inches long. His terrarium is a 10gal tank with a warm side at about 86 degrees and a cool moist side at about 74-77 degrees (Fahrenheit). His diet was mostly mealworms with some super worms as he always avoids crickets and roaches. Until today I used calcium sand on for substrate but am now using paper towels to see if I can find the source of the problems. He hasn’t pooped and seems to be constipated. He will drink water sometimes but often just bathes in it. shedding is normal. The reptile store advised I fill a bowl with Pangea gecko diet growth and feeding mixture, so I added that today but he has not eaten it, only bathed in it like the water.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! Your pictures did not post.

    IF your leo IS extremely skinny and has rapidly lost weight, he may have cryptosporidiosis.

    Please do NOT use calcium sand for the substrate! That's bad news, because leos eat it when they are seeking calcium.

    1. What powdered supplements have you been using to dust his mealworms and superworms?
    2. Please list brand, exact name, & frequency you use those supplements.
    3. Have you been gutloading his worms prior to feeding them to Cheech?

    PetCo's half price sale going on right now. For $24.99 you can upgrade Cheech to a 20 long: 30 x 12 x 12 inches tall.

    Can you buy a 4-pack container of very small hornworms? Those are filled with moisture and may help if Cheech is impacted.
    For link 33 click: Hornworm Care Guidelines

    Please include a 60 second video of Cheech walking around on some solid surface like a carpet, so we can check his gait.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-25-2021 at 05:48 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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    Thank you for the help and quick response. Unfortunately, he passed this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheech123 View Post
    Thank you for the help and quick response. Unfortunately, he passed this afternoon.
    I'm so sorry.

    Here's a rose to ease your pain.

    "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 am so sorry for your loss.

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