Emaciated Baby leopard gecko hasn’t eaten


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Was given this super tiny, super skinny baby leopard gecko three days ago, it’s skin and bones and has a dark spot under its belly. I thought it may be impacted so I did a warm water soak, and got some fluids in him, and a drop of olive oil with a pipette. I bought some oxbow carnivore care which should arrive today. I don’t have a herp vet nearby, anything else I can do to help this poor thing?? He does not want to eat at all. I’ll try and attach some photos, I have him in a kritter keeper for observation. No poops yet.

Herpin Man

It may be too far gone.
But, if it were mine, I would set it up in a very small enclosure with a very small hide, such as a piece of cardboard, with one end bent down so the gecko could hide under it. I would add a piece of damp, crumpled paper towel for humidity, and I would set one half of it on heat tape at about 95f. Then I would offer very small crickets- smaller than what one would normally feed. Mealworms or dubia might also work. Then I would leave it alone overnight. If you can get it eating again, maybe there’s a chance.


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I'm hoping the suggestions above will work for this gecko. However, when anyone sees a gecko that looks like this that's for sale, I highly recommend against buying it. When geckos look like this they are rarely recoverable. In addition, some geckos look like this because they have cryptosporidiosis. If you have other geckos, please keep this one far away and wash well before handling them. I'm hoping for the best.


Elizabeth Freer

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I'm noticing significant metabolic bone disease in his right front elbow. It's vital to get vitamin D3 into his body as well as food. I recommend Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3.

Metabolic bone disease (MBD) symptoms include leaning to one side when walking, walking on one or both "elbows", bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite. Difficulty chewing should be closely monitored.

As Herpin Man just mentioned, it's important for him to have belly heat in order to digest the food he eats. I suggest providing a ground temperature from 88-92*F with an 8 x 12 inch heat mat inside a 10 gallon enclosure. Since he's tiny, if you have an empty glass 5 gallon try that with a 4 x 5 inch heat mat.

Good wishes! I hope he responds to help.
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