Gravid(?) Gecko Looking Sick

Elizabeth Freer

Active member
Thanks for the advice, Elizabeth. My account is all but drained at the moment, but I will check out that undertank heat mat and calcium that you recommended. Benjamin is going back to the doctor on Tuesday, so we will see how things are progressing.

Also, she is in a 20 gallon long tank with her undertank heater on one side.

Oh, and I’ve tried hornworms with her, but she adamantly dislikes them. She’s one of the few, I guess.
You're welcome!

Kindly update this thread after Benjamin's vet appointment this coming Tuesday.
 

Crocodidlian

New member
Alright, Benjamin fans, here’s the news.

The doctor took yet more radiographs today and gave her a physical examination, and he cannot find anything immediately worrying. He said that her eggs are still calcifying, so it is not a bad thing that she hasn’t laid them yet. He is still a bit concerned that she is not eating, and he recommended that I try her on some mealworms for now. I will get her those very soon.

Thanks for all of the advice and concern for my baby!
 

Elizabeth Freer

Active member
Alright, Benjamin fans, here’s the news.

The doctor took yet more radiographs today and gave her a physical examination, and he cannot find anything immediately worrying. He said that her eggs are still calcifying, so it is not a bad thing that she hasn’t laid them yet. He is still a bit concerned that she is not eating, and he recommended that I try her on some mealworms for now. I will get her those very soon.

Thanks for all of the advice and concern for my baby!

You're most welcome, Crocodidlian! Does this doctor have an explanation about Benjamin's bloated shape? Are you keeping fresh water in her enclosure at all times?

In case Benjamin does not eat mealworms either, please order Oxbow's Carnivore Care from Amazon. It's an excellent all-in-one powdered food one mixes with water. Once opened store the opened bag in the freezer! That's because Carnivore Care doesn't contain any preservatives. IF you don't freeze the remaining portion, Carnivore Care only lasts for 7 days.

By this time Benjamin's stomach must have shrunk. ***** For a short term solution, try feeding Benjamin Gerber's turkey baby food. Just put some on her nose or on your finger. See whether she'll lick it off.

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For link 8 click: Assist Feeding for Off-Foods Geckos (+ Gerber’s turkey baby food details)

For link 34 click: Powdered Assist Foods: Oxbow’s Carnivore Care, Lafeber's Emeraid for Carnivors, & Fluker's Repta+Boost
 
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Crocodidlian

New member
I have bad news. I went to feed Benjamin two days ago and found that she had passed away. She was in her warm hide and almost looked like she was just sleeping. She had clearly been dead for a few hours, though.

Her doctor has agreed to perform a necropsy free of charge, so I sent her little body to him to find out what killed her. From the pictures that I sent him, he says that it might have been a coronary event. She had severe bruising around her heart. We will see.

Thank you, everyone, for your support and advice over the last few weeks. Benjamin had a good life until recently, but I wish that she had had more time.
 
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