We will examine the most common problems that leopard gecko faces while in captivity. This guide is essential in learning how to care for your lizard. As we progress we will explore their health and the most common diseases and how to help your lizard to avoid them.
Leopard geckos can live up to or beyond twenty years of age with good diet and great nutrition that’s not uncommon at all. You should have your lizard check by a specialize veterinarian, someone who specializes in exotic reptiles, even if your gecko is showing good signs of health. Illness can still happen even with good clean habitat, and nutrition. Problems will occur for your leopard gecko if it is not receiving the proper care or sometimes even if you are taking good care of it. At least when it is well cared for you can minimize the risks.
One of the most important factors to keep in mind is how much calcium your leopard gecko is getting if it’s not get the adequate amount it will try to eat substrate to try to consume the calcium in it. The danger in that is if it swallows to much of it, that can create a fatal blockage. To prevent that from being the case for your lizard make sure to you maintain a dish with calcium in the tank at all times. You will find calcium at your local pet stores
Leopard geckos can have respiratory track infection called Pneumonia. It is a severe form of bacteria in the lungs. That can happen when the lizard’s habitat is too cool in temperature and very humid condition which compromised their immune system. They will have mucus bubbles build up in their nostril area and trouble breathing. The situation will improve the moment you raise their temperature to about 83 F.
Mouth infection is common among leopard geckos it can cause by many different factors, that include fighting, unclean tank etc… The way you’ll know whether or not your leopard is infected is swelling around the mouth areas. The best way to remedy the situation is by cleaning the tank or aquarium and also the mouth area where it is swollen using oral antibiotic.
MBD or Metabolic Bone Disease is caused by a lack of calcium and vitamin D3 in the leopard geckos diet another words nutritional deficiency. Vitamin D3 and calcium are two vital components for regular bone formation in the early years and calcification of eggs in pregnant female. Leopard geckos with MBD will undoubtedly have occurrences such as weakness, spongy bones, limbs and spine deformation, twitching, and lack of appetite. It can be very challenging getting over this disease.
Fighting will occur by placing a bunch of geckos together which will lead to injuries. Though, no more than one male is recommended per tank. Make sure to not overcrowd your tank as fighting is inevitable. Keep hiding boxes for all of them separately. If you perceive one leopard gecko is hiding more than the other that could mean the others are picking on it so it would be wise to move it to a separate place for its safety.
This will conclude our list of leopard gecko problems even though there are many more but we’ll explore them in more details. Until next time take good care of your leopard gecko.
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