Helping your sick gecko (revised Feb 2015) Health Questionnaire

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Please do not make the mistake of using this forum as an alternative to seeking proper medical treatment for your pet. Geckos Unlimited members have varying experience levels. Not all of the advice that you get here is valid.

When posting questions on Geckos Unlimited please remember that if you fear your leopard gecko is sick, it is best to take him/her to a vet. Hands-on examination is necessary in order to conclusively diagnose problem(s).

The Basic Information highlights areas that tend to contribute most to many gecko problems. The Additional Information is useful as well. Please do your best to fill in as much as you can. High quality pictures are very helpful.

Basic Information
Species of lizard:
Gecko's name:

Enclosure dimensions (length x width x height):
Substrate provided:

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 maintain the temperature (Under Tank Heater, heat light, Ceramic Heat Emitter, Flexwatt heat tape, hot rock, other):

Insects and worms, list type:
Regular diet fed to the insects:
Regular diet fed to the worms:

How often do you feed your gecko?
Please list any supplements (with brand names) used. How are they given and how often?

If your gecko is sick, please describe the signs and how long your gecko has been showing these signs:

Additional Information

Gecko's total length:
Length of your reptile when you first acquired it:
Source (pet store, breeder, previous owner):
Captive bred or wild caught:

Number of hides:
Location of hides:
Is there a humidity hide? location?
Please describe any other furnishings:
List recent changes in the environment, if any:

Artificial lighting
Incandescent ("screw-in type bulbs): wattages:
Fluorescent (tube bulbs):
Access to ambient daylight from a distant window:

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:

Are the insects and worms formally “gutloaded” 1-2 days prior to feeding off to your gecko? If so with?
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
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?
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