Leopard Gecko Health Issues
Leopard geckos are certainly one of the more hardy gecko species in
the pet trade today. Because their basic vivarium setup is
extremely simple, Leopard gecko health issues are very uncommon
with the most common being incorrect Leopard gecko temperatures and
Leopard gecko feeding.
It is said that about eighty percent of Leopard gecko health
issues are caused by husbandry related problems.
A healthy Leopard gecko
should always be bright and alert. Physically
they should have a well fleshed body and fat tail without any visible
wrinkles on the skin, have no ocular, oral or nasal discharges.
Leopard Gecko Health Problems
Leopard gecko health problems can be divided into various broad
categories namely infectious, nutritional and physical.
The most important infectious Leopard gecko health problem is
probably Leopard gecko
The most important dietary
problems surely are
Leopard gecko metabolic bone disease (MBD) and
eating problems. This is mostly due to inadequate feeder insect preparation and
incorrect Leopard gecko supplementation.
Other important conditions include
impactions (usually secondary to MBD) physical
Leopard gecko abscesses.
Signs of Leopard gecko health problems include:
Partial or complete anorexia (lack of
Weight loss & poor body condition
(especially evident in a thin tail)
Diarrhoea (abnormal or runny
faeces and / or cloacal soiling)
Lumps, bumps, sores & abrasions on the skin
Dehydration (wrinkled skin &
sunken skin & eyes)
Paralysis or lameness of the limbs
Weakness (lying flat)
Sudden or regular abnormal
(jerky) movements of head & extremities
Mucous secretions from the mouth or nose
Lethargy or dullness (unaware of its surroundings)
Laboured / open mouth breathing
If any of the mentioned
signs are seen a Leopard
gecko friendly veterinarian should be consulted without
Leopard Gecko Health Inspections
As with all pets, it is
recommended to have even a healthy Leopard gecko
evaluated by a Leopard
gecko vet on a routine or regular basis.
It is preferable to have a gecko evaluated at the time of
purchase, before or during the
quarantine period and then at
least every six months after that. During the quarantine period
various veterinary visits might aid in the identification of
subclinical diseases. Remember to accompany your Leopard gecko with a
fresh / wet stool sample sealed in an airtight sealable or