Possible Impaction??????? D:

DerpyDash

New member
I think my gecko has impaction, but not 100% sure. I had him for about 3 weeks and he's about 4 inches long. He has what looks like a big bruise on his abdomen, more towards his head. I also noticed he looks a tad bloated. He seems to be completely fine other than that.

I noticed the bruising about 4 hours after he has shed. I believe I know what caused it and I feel so guilty because it was my doing. :( I fed him wax worms, BUT I cut them in half and only gave him one every day for the past 2 days. The only reason why I did this is because I'm out of crickets and I have no clue when I'll be able to get more (hopefully tomorrow). Just feel so guilty because I knew they were too big for him before (he threw them up, but I gave him full ones that time.)

His terrarium consists of as follows:
- UTH
- basking lamp just to get proper temps (heater doesn't work in house and my room sucks at keeping in heat)
- repti carpet
- water and calcium dish

His temps are:
- daytime: up to 92-94 degrees
- nighttime: up to 88 degrees

(I will add a pic when gmail decides to stop being slow, since I took a photo with my phone. :/)
 

Elizabeth Freer

Active member
Please do not make the mistake of using this forum as an alternative to seeking proper medical treatment for your pet. If you fear that your leopard gecko is sick, the best step is to get him/her to a vet who can visually and physically examine and diagnose the problem(s).

Geckos Unlimited members have a variety of experiences. Not all of the advice that you get is valid.

When asking questions about your leopard gecko's health, it's best to include as much information as you can in order to help us best determine what might be wrong with your animal. High quality pictures of your leo, his issues, and his habitat are extremely useful. Include a video if the leo's gait is problematic.

General Information
Species of lizard:
Gecko's name:
Morph:
Gender:
Age:
Weight:
Total length:
Length of your reptile when you first acquired it:
Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner):
Captive bred or wild caught:

Vivarium
Enclosure dimensions (length x width x heighth):
Cage (type, size):
Substrate provided:
Types of hiding places provided:
Is there a humidity hide? location?
Please describe any other furnishings:
List recent changes in the environment, if any:

Lighting
Artificial lighting
Incandescent (“screw-in” bulbs): wattage(s):
Fluorescent (tube bulbs):

Natural lighting
Access to ambient daylight from a distant window:

Heating
Do you have a thermometer(s) in the cage?
What type and brand of thermometer (digital with probe, temperature gun, LCD strip, analog (circle), combo digital thermometer/hygrometer, stainless steel aquarium type, other):
What is the ground temperature right on the substrate under the warm dry hide:
What is the air temperature on the warm end about 4 inches up from the ground:
What is the air temperature on the cool end about 4 inches up from the ground:
What device(s) are used to heat the tank (Under Tank Heater, heat light, ceramic heat emitter, Flexwatt heat tape, hot rock, other):
Ventilation space for your UTH by elevating the tank above the shelf (some UTHs come with sticky feet for the tank corners):
Are you using a thermostat(s)?
Which hide does she/he spend most of her time?
Is the temperature decreased at night? by how much?

Humidity
Is the humidity measured?
Humidity range:

Diet
Insects and worms, list type:
Regular diet fed to the insects and worms:
Are the insects and worms formally “gutloaded” 1-2 days prior to feeding off to your gecko? If so with?
How often do you feed your gecko?
Please list any supplements (with brand names) used. How are they given and how often?
What calcium brand are you using? with D3, without or both?
Is the calcium in the tank with D3 or without?
Multivitamins (include brand name)?
Please list any recent additions/changes in the diet:

General Health
If your gecko is sick, please describe the signs and how long your gecko has been showing these signs:
Is your gecko’s general activity level normal, decreased, or increased?
Is your gecko’s appetite normal, decreased, or increased?
Have you noticed any of the following?
Weight (loss or gain):
Regurgitation:
Discharge from the eyes or nose:
Increased breathing rate or effort:
Change in the droppings:
Urates
---white or yellowish:
---size of urates as compared to size of feces:
Abnormal skin color or shedding:
Parasites on the skin or in the feces:
Weakness:

Previous problems and/or illnesses:

Other Critters in Same Cage or in Household
List other animals that are kept in the same cage:
Recent acquisitions (new pets within the past 6 months):
Are any of your other pets ill?
 

DerpyDash

New member
General Information
Species of lizard: Leopard Gecko
Gecko's name: Sheogorath
Morph: Possible Whiteside
Gender: Male (?)
Age: don't know

Weight: Don't know
Total length: 4 inches
Length of your reptile when you first acquired it: 3-4 inches
Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner): pet store
Captive bred or wild caught: captive bred

Vivarium
Enclosure dimensions (length x width x heighth):
Cage (type, size): Vivarium 10 gal
Substrate provided: repticarpet
Types of hiding places provided: cool hide and warm hide
Is there a humidity hide? location?: No
Please describe any other furnishings: a small skull, branch thing, water dish, calcium dish
List recent changes in the environment, if any: added a calcium dish

Lighting
Artificial lighting
Incandescent (“screw-in” bulbs): basking spot light, night heat light wattage(s): 75 watt, 50 watt
Fluorescent (tube bulbs): none

Natural lighting
Access to ambient daylight from a distant window: Yes about 10 feet away

Heating
Do you have a thermometer(s) in the cage?: Yes
What type and brand of thermometer (digital with probe, temperature gun, LCD strip, analog (circle), combo digital thermometer/hygrometer, stainless steel aquarium type, other): Digital (Zoo Med) and combo analog thermometer/hygrometer (Zilla)
What is the ground temperature right on the substrate under the warm dry hide: high 70s
What is the air temperature on the warm end about 4 inches up from the ground: don't know
What is the air temperature on the cool end about 4 inches up from the ground: don't know
What device(s) are used to heat the tank (Under Tank Heater, heat light, ceramic heat emitter, Flexwatt heat tape, hot rock, other): UTH and heat lighting
Ventilation space for your UTH by elevating the tank above the shelf (some UTHs come with sticky feet for the tank corners): None but on oven pads
Are you using a thermostat(s)?: yes
Which hide does she/he spend most of her time?: warm hide
Is the temperature decreased at night? by how much?: Yes by 4-5 degrees

Humidity
Is the humidity measured? : Yes
Humidity range: 20%

Diet
Insects and worms, list type: Crickets and the occasional wax worm
Regular diet fed to the insects and worms: gut loaded rickets with calcium
Are the insects and worms formally “gutloaded” 1-2 days prior to feeding off to your gecko? If so with?: Yes with Fluker's crickeet quencher and potato and lettuce
How often do you feed your gecko?: 2 times a day
Please list any supplements (with brand names) used. How are they given and how often?: Fluker's Calcium w/ D3 every feeding. Fluker's liquid multivitamin 2 times a week dropped on his nose
What calcium brand are you using? with D3, without or both?: Fluker's with D3
Is the calcium in the tank with D3 or without?: with
Multivitamins (include brand name)?: Yes Fluker's liquid multivitamin
Please list any recent additions/changes in the diet:

General Health
If your gecko is sick, please describe the signs and how long your gecko has been showing these signs: bruised looking abdomen for about 10 hours
Is your gecko’s general activity level normal, decreased, or increased?: decreased
Is your gecko’s appetite normal, decreased, or increased?: don't know
Have you noticed any of the following?
Weight (loss or gain): None
Regurgitation: No
Discharge from the eyes or nose: No
Increased breathing rate or effort: No
Change in the droppings: No
Urates
---white or yellowish: White
---size of urates as compared to size of feces: Small
Abnormal skin color or shedding: No
Parasites on the skin or in the feces: No
Weakness: None
 

Elizabeth Freer

Active member
Please remove the calcium with D3 from the tank right away. Chance of vitamin D3 toxicity :sad:. Calcium with D3 is recommended to be used ONLY lightly dusted 2x per week.

Want a very small bottle cap of plain calcium carbonate in the tank 24/7 as backup only.

Temps way too cool. Does your digital have a probe which can be used to measure air temps?

Daytime temperatures for all leos regardless of size:
88-93 F (31-34 C) ground temp at warm end inside the warm dry hide
no greater than 85 F (29.5 C) air temp - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
no greater than 75 F (24.5) air temp - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

Best to have a 30 x 12 x 12 inch tank. Then it is easy to get the required thermal gradient.

Skip any waxworms :sad:.

Please check out the Cricket Guidelines post in these leo sub-forums for good advice about keeping crickets and what to feed them.

Have you checked out the Leo Caresheet linked in my signature below?
 
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cricket4u

New member
Fluker's liquid multivitamin is no good. Buy Reptivite(multivitamin) without D3 since you have calcium with d3. It would be best to just switch from Fluker's to Zoo Med which has less d3.

Fluker's crickeet quencher and potato and lettuce

You're pretty much just offering a water source to the crickets which = poor nutrition for your gecko. Look at the caresheet for proper gut loading of insects.
 
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