My leopard gecko has a problem with her eyes. When she was shedding, some skin got stuck around her face, I waited a

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Customer: My leopard gecko has a problem with her eyes. When she was shedding, some skin got stuck around her face, I waited a couple of days to see if she could get it off but she couldn't so I had to get it off. I was trying and trying to get it off for days but nothing budged. All of this time she has had her eyes closed and when I finally got the skin off her eyes where inset more than usual and there is thick slimy stuff on her eyes as well. There is also a small black bump underneath each eye. Someone please help me, I am very worried for her!! She also will not eat and I am running out of time.
Answered by Anna in 2 hours 10 years ago
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Hello,

I'm sorry to hear that Rexi is having this problem. I'll give you a first aid measure to take right away. Buy some Pedilayte (yes, the kind for human infants). Prepare a shallow bath consisting of half water and half Pedialyte. It should be deep enough to cover Rexi's vent (where droppings pass out) because reptiles can absorb fluids through their vents. Soak her for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Be sure to supervise closely. After each soak, you can put a couple of drops of saline solution (the kind made for contact lenses) in each eye. Use these first aid steps until you can get to a vet.

 

When skin is stuck on the eyes, it's common for infection to develop. When skin is pulled off, it's easy to damage the eye. In either case, a vet visit is needed. This link will take you to a directory of reptile vets (scroll down for Canada):

 

www.anapsid.com/vets

 

I hope Rexi will quickly reach a full recovery.

 

Anna

 

 

 

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Thank you very much!!!
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Is the soaking for when they aren't drinking or is it for when they aren't eating or drinking?, Thank you very much!!!
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, Is the soaking for when they aren't drinking or is it for when they aren't eating or drinking?, Thank you very much!!!
Soaking helps with either not eating or drinking. They become depleted of electrolytes in both cases. Soaks can save their lives when you can't get to a vet immediately.

You'll also want to make sure all conditions are right for Rexi. To help you with that, I’m also sending along a care sheet, courtesy of Joan, another of our experts. You can use it as a checklist to make sure all the conditions are right.

Anna



Leopard Gecko Care Sheet

The Leopard Gecko is originally from Pakistan, India, and a few other countries in Asia. They actually live on hard rocky outcrops and they are nocturnal (active at night). They prefer temperatures between 82 and 88 degrees (28* to 31*C) all day and night. They grow to between 8 to 11 inches. Leopard Geckos are available in a wide range of colors and patterns which are the result of selective captive breeding. These include albino, ghost, striped, jungle, Leucistic and high yellow. These colors have been made possible through selective captive breeding. Leopard Geckos make wonderful pets for almost any age person. Leopard Geckos also make good long term pets. They can live over twenty years. Never grab by tail it will break off.

Leopard Gecko Housing: A male Leopard Gecko should never be housed in the same cage as another male leopard gecko because they will fight and possibly kill one another. A male can be housed with several females without any problems. I do not advise housing leopard geckos in the same cage with any other reptiles. A single Leopard Gecko can be kept in a ten gallon tank. For a male and a few females a twenty gallon tank or larger should be used. The cage should have a screen lid on top of it to prevent any escapes. Leopard geckos need places to hide and sleep during the day so you must provide a couple of hiding spots. They need a warm hiding spot and a cold humid hiding spot. Just put one hide box on the side with the heat light and put the humid hide box on the side that does not have the heat light. I actually prefer an under the tank heater for heat source rather than a light since the geckos are Nocturnal. For the humid hide box, Paper Towels work well and easily replaced inside a hide box. You can make your own humid hide box from a small plastic shoe box or from a margarine container. Cut a hole in one end of the container and place moist paper towel inside it. The humid box should be cleaned out every week and re moistened. A humid hide box is needed so that the gecko can go in it when it needs to shed. The humidity helps the old skin come off.

Substrate: There is an abundance of products on the market that claim to be safe substrates. All Loose Substrates (Please note the link above) however are not safe to use. A substrate is what you put on the bottom of the cage for the lizard to walk around on. If a Leopard Gecko ingests any of the substrate accidentally, the substrate must pass through the digestive system. Trust me they will ingest substrate, sometimes on purpose. If it does not easily pass through the digestive system compaction will occur. Compaction is an extreme blockage of the digestive tract and is often fatal. Some substrates that I consider unsafe because they can cause compaction are: sand, bark, Calci sand, crushed walnut shells, lizard litter, gravel, aquarium gravel, and coconut fiber. The safest substrate is using paper towels or plain newspaper, non-stick shelf liner , cage carpet or ceramic tile. For any leopard geckos that are younger than six months I advise using paper towels or plain newspaper until they are at least six months old. Calcium sand is not fully digested no matter what it claims. The stuff just does not break down completely. . Leopard

Gecko Heating and Temperature: The cage should be between 82 to 88 degrees (28*C to 31*C)all day and night. There is two basic ways to heat the cage. One is to use a under tank heater like heat tape. The other is to use a black, or blue night incandescent heat light. I prefer to use a heat light. For a 10 gallon tank a 60 watt bulb should work depending on room temperature. Place the heat light on one end of the cage. By putting the heat light on one end of the cage it keeps that side warmest and allows the gecko to move to the warmer side with the light or to the colder side without the light as needed to regulate body temperature.

NEVER EVER USE A HOT ROCK, HEAT ROCK, OR ANY SIMILAR PRODUCT. Hot rocks heat unevenly and are notorious for causing terrible thermal burns. Do not buy a hot rock and if you know anyone who uses one, tell them to throw it away.

Leopard Gecko Feeding: Leopard Geckos will do very well on a diet of mealworms and crickets. I like to provide some variety in feeder insects to create a more balanced diet. Feeder insects I use are silkworms, mealworms, roaches and crickets with the legs on one side of the body pulled off. Crickets will bite your geckos while they sleep, these bites are prone to infection, so if you pull off one side of their legs then they cannot move around the cage and get to the gecko and also this prevents the crickets from climbing out of the cage. Gut load feeder insects for at least a day before putting them in with the gecko. Feed geckos insects that are not larger than the width of the head of the gecko.
Adults can be fed superworms, though I advise only feeding a couple superworms at a time. Leopard Gecko Vitamin/Mineral Supplement: For young geckos dust the feeder insects every other feeding or place a small feeder dish with supplement in it and some mealworms in the cage. For adults and babies place a shallow dish or a plastic lid in the cage with a teaspoon of calcium powder on it. The gecko will lick the calcium powder as needed. You still need to dust feeder insects every other feeding though with a vitamin supplement for young geckos. Adults use vitamin supplement once a week. Leopard Gecko Water: Use a shallow water bowl, fill with water as needed. Remove bowl from cage and clean out weekly.

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Hi Evan,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Rexi. How is everything going?

Anna
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