Health Problems of Geckos: How to Tell Diseases

When you have a gecko it is somewhat difficult to just see that there is anything wrong with your lizard, especially if you're new to reptiles. Despite this, there are a few simple signals which you have to watch out for, particularly in the first twenty-four months of the reptile's life. This is a time when leopard geckos are very vulnerable, still relatively young and not quite done growing.

The most obvious sign of a disease is if your leopard gecko ceases eating. If you find that the reptile is not going near its food, you will need to act quickly. It is normal if it doesn't eat for one or two days; geckos aren't always going to eat every single day. Four to seven days means that you should do something. If you leave it for too long, it's normally fat tail will shrink down a little, it will look emaciated. Sick geckos are also much lazier than normal. If you had an active gecko, or if it doesn't move around when you pick it up, but it has little curiosity in you and it's new environment, then it is definitely suffering.

What do you do when your gecko becomes ill? Vets can sometimes help, but these are costly and could not be located near you. Vets can be very expensive though, and it's better to treat the malady at home. If you are lucky enough to have such a vet near you, be sure to call them up and ask if they are able to accept new clients.

If you have not owned a gecko previously, then you will likely think the eating habits of a reptile will take a little getting accustomed to. Geckos, like other reptiles are insectivores. What this means is their primary diet is made entirely of bugs. Good breeders that carry geckos always have a number of bugs and insects, all of which are acceptable meals for the lizard. For a special present, particularly for gravid female geckos, you should provide a pinkie mouse that is just a few days old. You could also feed waxworms, but these are the cheeseburgers of the worm world, since they are very fat and addicting. These should be nothing more than a treat.

The amount you feed your animal will depend on its size. Babies need a lot more food than adults. Provide food for the babies each and every day, but adults only need to eat every other day. Giving too much food can be bad, so experiment and give it just a bit, and then remove the leftover insects. How long the feeding lasts depends on the size and appetite of your gecko. Each gecko is different, so, take a look at their habits and get rid of the bugs once the gecko has ignored them for a few minutes. Babies need only a couple crickets daily. Big geckos can have around nine of them at a meal.

Before feeding your lizard, be sure to gut load the insects for a few days beforehand. Gut-loading is a term that indicates you've made healthy food a part of the bug's diet. If the insect isn't healthy, your gecko won't be either, You and providing nutrient rich foods, you give them to your gecko when the insect is eaten. Everyone is what they eat, after all. Most insects will eat just about anything, especially crickets. While you can give them specially prepared, commercial chows, veggies from your fridge work fine too. You need to obtain vitamin powder as well, then dust the insects directly before giving them to your geckos.

A majority of the maladies that affect leopard geckos are brought about by malnutrition, impaction, stress or parasites. Sotpping it before it starts is the cure, but if your reptile does happen to suffer from leopard gecko illness, he can still be treated, although it will cost you a trip to the veterinarian. If you can't do that, check the enclosure to make sure the climate is set right, make sure it's not being stressed by other animals, and make sure that it's not eating loose substrate.