Leopards are an excellent pet for the whole family with very minimal care and can tolerate no attention for several days. Great for busy people, quiet, meek, and does not give out unpleasant smells.
Leopard geckos can live for a long time if properly nourished with the right nutrients and provided with proper care. They are well-known for its longevity as much as twenty or more years. But despite all the gentleness and non-disturbing demeanor, leopard gecko problems in health are sometimes sensed.
Even with the perfect habitat and accurate diet, illness still occurs. If possible have a veterinarian check your geckos even before signs of illnesses occur. It is best to have precautionary measures for your gecko.
However, in case inevitable circumstances do arise it is better to be prepared. Therefore, I have prepared a guide to the most common illness that a gecko will most likely face.
Digestive Tract Obstruction
This happens generally when a gecko eats foods or perhaps the substrate used in the tank that are hard to digest. Sometimes a gecko plays on substrate such as sand or gravel that they might have ingested. Sand or gravel does not digest and when this happens it will pile up inside his digestive system causing a blockage that may be fatal to it’s health. To solve this problem, make sure that the substrate used is of tiny particles which can easily be disposed as waste by the geckos.
Geckos fed with insufficient calcium tend to eat substrate to balance their calcium needs. And if this act is ignored while your leopard keeps on ingesting the sand will cause obstruction. The best approach to this is to place a dish of calcium inside the tank at all times so when the need arise it would be very accessible to them. Calcium supplements can be easily obtained in pet stores.
Another leopard gecko problems are when your geckos frequently experience fighting it will cause him mouth infection. Other factors that causes this infection is dirty cage or even accidental injury. Swelling around your geckos mouth is noticeable this are signs of mouth infection. Try using an oral antibiotic to get rid of the swelling and to prevent this kind of infection from happening again it is best to clean the tank often. Maintain a tidy surrounding for your gecko.
Respiratory infections are the cause of gecko’s long exposure to cold temperatures. If the habitat is left without a heater this is usually the problem that may arise. Infections may start to affect your pet like mucus bubbles found in his nostrils and breathing difficulty. To correct the problem provide your geckos with the appropriate temperature they need.
Injuries usually happen when keeping geckos in groups inside a tank. Careful attention should be given here, NEVER place more than one male gecko in one tank. Leopard males tend to be aggressive and placing two in one cage can cause a fight. It is not advisable to overcrowd geckos make sure that each gecko must have their own hiding place. If a certain gecko hides frequently more than the others that gecko must be immediately transferred to another tank. This particular gecko is certainly being bullied by its mates.
These are some common leopard gecko problems so be attentive and if possible take action to prevent this situation from happening.