Help help help!!!


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I am a teacher and was given 2 leopard geckos.... my male just bit off my female's foot and big part of her tail.... I dont know what to do! We were able to separate them. will her tail fall off? what do I do about her foot?


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get her to a reptile vet asap. definitely keep them apart!

it's possible they are not a pair (but two males). it's also possible they're just not compatible.

her tail may or may not fall off. as they can lose their tails as a defense mechanism, my guess would be that it will heal OK. the biggest concern is infection, of course, and how she will heal where she lost her foot.

I would assume she will need topical medication, possibly antibiotics, and possibly stitches depending on the wound. I would stanch the blood with a clean, soft cloth or papertowels, and get her into a vet as soon as you can.

if she is on ANY substrate, remove her to papertowels or newspaper. make sure she has access to fresh water and is at the correct temperature. the vet will do the rest.

good luck!

Elizabeth Freer

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I realize you just got these leos. Hopefully the injured leo will see a vet.

Carefully complete this questionnaire. It will give you an idea of the husnbandry leopard geckos require :).

#50---Cricket4u's Gecko Health Questionnaire
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 wide ranges of experience. 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:
Total length:
Length of your reptile when you first acquired it:
Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner):
Captive bred or wild caught:

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:

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

Natural lighting
Access to ambient daylight from a distant window:

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?

Is the humidity measured?
Humidity range:

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):
Discharge from the eyes or nose:
Increased breathing rate or effort:
Change in the droppings:
---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:

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?