I have an 7-9 month old crested gecko, he weighs 4.08g. Hes a rescue from my work he wasnt being looked after properly

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: I have an 7-9 month old crested gecko, he weighs 4.08g.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the gecko?
Customer: hes a rescue from my work he wasnt being looked after properly which is why hes stunted, he also looks like he has a lot of deformities from the egg. His entire head curves to the left he has a curved jaw, short and underdeveloped legs and feet on the left hand side. And one massive eye ive had him on critical care and high calcium food as i had a feeling he was heading down the MBD route, all swelling had come down but i cant get him to gain weight
JA: What is the gecko's name?
Customer: he doesnt have one yet as hes not technically mine
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the gecko?
Customer: he was only ever fed locusts, not tong fed either. He’d never eaten a crested gecko diet before i met him
Answered by Jav917 in 2 hours 3 years ago
Pet Specialist

27,324 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Reptile Veterinary, Herp Veterinary, Exotic Animal Medicine, Amphibian Veterinary


My name is ***** ***** I am a Vet tech with over 40 years experience with Reptiles and their care.

What are you feeding?


Have you checked the cacium reserves in the Crestie?

Type of substrate you are using?


Are you using a UVB light?


Before I took him:
he was kept on coco soil
He had UV
Only fed live food, sometimes dusted with nutrobal.
He was sprayed once a day.
Kept between 26-28cHow I keep him:
I feed him Pangea Breeding and Growth and occasionally Emerald IC Carnivore critical care.
I keep him on paper towels.
He doesn’t eat live food as he regurgitates it.
He has a brand new UV bulb.
I keep humidity between 60-80%
I keep him between 23-26cI haven’t checked calcium reserves as he’s very nervous and very small, they were probably low since his tail was linked and one eye was very swollen, which have both eased since I’ve had him.

I would add Repashy Crested Gecko diet in addition to what you are feeding. Repashy is specially formulated for geckos and they have a specific formulation. You can also blend some Papaya and namgo fresh and mix a little in the food.

Next issue is the nutribol. It is a Vitamin that has calcium. YOu need a plain Calcium like Flukers calcium without Phosphorus. You then need to use Reptivite. Use the calcium 5 days a week and the Vitamin 2 days and keep a dish of calcium in the tank at all time.

Honestly, the coconut coir that they used in the bottom of the tank was not bad. It holds moisture.

When the Crestieopens its mouth you can check the calcium reserves. They are two bumps in the back of the throat. Of they are large the calcium is good if the caclium is depleted they will be very small and look like a baloon that has lost air.

I would have a Herp Vet see the Crestie to be checked for Parasites since it was stressed by the original poor care. If you need a Herp Vet, please supply a State or Country and I can supply a link with a list of Herp Vets.

Make sure your bulb is a UVB bulb and not a full spectrum/ UVB does not put out heat.

List to do

Add Repashy and fresh fruit

add plain calcium

Add Reptivite

Check calcium reserves

See a Herp Vet for Parasite Check

Please reply to discuss thus information and for a Herp Vet.


He won’t eat repashy, and because of his weight struggles I’m not willing to risk it forcing him into it.
Pangea is also a fully formulated crested gecko diet just like Repashy. The mix he is on is higher in calcium than a standard mix as it’s for growing babies and breeder females.He clear of parasites.I have the MBD under control.I’m more worried about his deformities.
His head is curved to the left and everything on his left side is really underdeveloped, he has a small eye, short legs, and his feet aren’t properly formed.
They prevent him from moving around normally, he can’t climb very well.
I don’t want to keep him alive for the sake of it, especially if he won’t ever do well.He really isn’t thriving, for the month I’ve had him there’s been very little improvement.
I’m going to fight it as best I can but;How do I know when to call it quits?
At what point would you get a gecko euthanised?I live in the UK I’d love to know some vet suggestions :)
I don’t mean to come across as if I’m not listening to your advice,
I’ve been in this position with cresteds before so I know what to do, but what I’m doing isn’t helping him like it should be this time.
I take in sick geckos and geckos with bad genetics so I’m used to the special diets and intensive care stuff.I appreciate your help :)

I wish you luck! I do a lot of rescue work and I think cresties are probly the hardest to rehab. Hopefully he will snap out of it and start responding.


Read less
27,324 satisfied customers
Pet Specialist
+ years of experience

27324 satisfied customers



Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
My 2 year old crested gecko has twitching toes, spasming
Veterinary Nurse
4,085 Satisfied Customers
I have a crested gecko and he had an episode last night. I
Veterinary Nurse
4,085 Satisfied Customers
I have a gecko that has started to developed a large bump on
Dr. Caryn – Vet
Reptile Veterinarian
327 Satisfied Customers
Gecko losing weight. Suddenly, like the last week. No. No
Dr. Caryn – Vet
Reptile Veterinarian
327 Satisfied Customers
He has a bump on his back. Crested gecko. I haven't noticed
Dr. Caryn – Vet
Reptile Veterinarian
327 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews