Leopard Gecko Ailments

Leopard Gecko Ailments

Just like any other pet, even the leopard gecko is susceptible to certain ailments. Knowing what the leopard gecko ailments are, you will be able to decide whether to take your pet to a vet or not.

These geckos tend to get parasites quite easily. The parasites infest the gecko via the fecal-oral route, and the chances of a gecko getting parasites are high in captivity where it is exposed to its feces.

If you feed the gecko too many waxworms or mealworms, it could result in obesity. If you notice the gecko gaining too weight too quickly, then change its diet. Feed it more roaches and crickets rather than mealworms and/or waxworms.

Another ailment that is common amongst leopard geckos is egg binding. Here the female is affected and the ailment occurs when she is unable to lay the eggs. This condition can be identified with unusual obesity and not having sufficient appetite.

Impaction is another ailment to watch out for. The ailment manifests itself with bloating of the stomach, no appetite and vomiting. Usually calcium deficiency is the main reason for this problem, but keep a note of the feeding schedule too. You may have to change the schedule.

Leopard gecko can also suffer from mouth infections. This can be identified by bleeding of the gums and swollen mouth. Usually mouth infections occur due to unclean and unsanitary conditions.

When the gecko suffers from calcium deficiency, it can get a bone condition known as osteodystrophy. The gecko will suffer from bone density loss and this loss will be visible as deformed limbs. You can get rid of this condition by ensuring that the gecko gets a calcium-rich diet.

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