Paroedura bastardi - necropsy

The robust female arrived on June 21st, 2014 and expired on July 20th, 2014 [30 days]. She appeared to be doing well and settling in. On Sunday morning, I glanced into the 55 gallon Hexagon tank and noticed a tail on the eco-earth. I even said “Hmmm…I didn’t know they can burrow?” Upon closer inspection, it was apparent that it was only her tail and she had released it for some reason (unknown to me).   p;     Adult female Paroedura bastardi         Ruptured skin coverings on her right side over the bladder     Note the disiccated toes and ruptured area on her right side   On Monday afternoon, I decided to check on her. Her foot was sticking out of the cork bark log and I touched it, she did not respond. I removed her from the log and photographed her. Upon inspection I noticed she had a gaping hole on her right side, in front of where the leg joins to the torso. If pressure was applied, the interior would sta [ ... ]

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How Many Containers

  If you are thinking about breeding geckos, do you know what you are in for?  There are so many aspects that you need to consider- food, genetics, breeding stock, market pricing, demand, etc.  Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and would not trade seeing that little nose and those two little eyes poke out of an egg for anything!  However, before I began my breeding extravaganza, I did a little research on the subject and was prepared for the experience.  Today, we will cover one aspect of the topic-  How many enclosures you will need. Like I mentioned, breeding geckos is an experience every hobbyist should undergo at least one time just to see how very cute the babies are.  However, you may dive into breeding geckos without considering all the needs of the animals.  Unless you have one really big enclosure, and a pair of animals that will ignore/tolerate their hatching young in the same space, you will need more than one setup.... you may  [ ... ]

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Reptile Brumation – Going into the ‘Deep Sleep’...
Reptile Brumation – Going into the ‘Deep Sleep’

DEFINITION- Brumation is the equivalent in reptiles to mammalian hibernation.  Brumating reptiles "shut down" their bodies and typically stop eating, drinking, and defecating once in full brumation.  During brumation, the animal's growth and development are temporarily stopped.  This period can last for several weeks.  They often wake up to drink water and return to "sleep".  They can go for months without food.  Reptiles may want to eat more than usual before the brumation time but eat less or refuse food as the temperature drops. During the first year of life, many small reptiles do not fully brumate, but rather slow down and eat less often.  Brumation should not be confused with hibernation; when mammals hibernate, they are actually asleep; when reptiles brumate, they are less active, and their metabolism slows down so they just do not need to eat as often.  Reptiles can often go through the whole winter without eating.  Brumation is tr [ ... ]

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Reptile Brumation – Coming out of the ‘Deep Sleep’...
Reptile Brumation – Coming out of the ‘Deep Sleep’

It’s been several months since you began the long process of cooling your reptiles.  You started the cooling process the right way (in steps and controlling temps and light cycles).  It has been several weeks (perhaps a couple months) of little activity and now is the time to start bringing them out of their cool down and begin the breeding season.  How do you do this to maximize the health of your reptiles and ensure a successful breeding season?  There are a number of steps you can take. ep-By-Step   Just as you went through multiple steps in the ‘cool down’ process you need to do the same in the ‘warm up’ process.  In our facility, I go through the same number of steps but in reverse- adjusting temps and light cycle in 3 separate waves.  Each wave lasts almost a week. /strong>   As the animals warm up, they will begin eating more again.  It is really hard to say how much during each wave but you will need to monit [ ... ]

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Severe Calcium Issue
calcium deficiency

By Ken Carlisle ... (*Editor's Note- The following e-mail was provided by a fellow gecko keeper that was experiencing a major issue with this gecko. The jaw would not close at all. We e-mailed each other several times and, as a result, Ken came up with this quick explanation of the problem and the steps he took.) First have a vet check the gecko to make sure its jaw is not broken so you're not fighting an impossible battle. If the jaw is broken chances are good it will not heal properly even with a jaw splint. 
Please note, calcium deficiency must be treated as soon as possible for the best chance of healing and gecko survival.  The gecko will die a very painful death from calcium deficiency if untreated.

(Optional treatment) Provide UVB bulb at least 8 hours (during daylight hours) to help gecko metabolize calcium.

Treat as normal calcium deficiency as Follows:
Have a vet give the gecko a calcium injection. Then treat it with calciquid as [ ... ]

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Holiday/Vacation Care for Your Geckos
Holiday/Vacation Care for Your Geckos

    Woo Hoo! Forth of July weekend. Most of us have 3 day to celebrate, enjoy the fireworks, and did I say celebrate?!!? If you are like me, you have family over and doing some cook outs and entertaining (or if you are lucky heading to a friends home that will be throwing a July 4th bash). How much time will we have for our geckos. Not much! But, there are a few measures to take to make sure they have a pleasurable 3 days as we will have. 1. Plenty of water. Make sure bowls are clean and filled. I make sure I do a little extra misting before the holiday as well. 2. Feeding. While I will feed before taking the break from the reptiles, I really don't worry too much about missing a feeding- related to #1, I will take 5 minutes sometime during the holiday to do a quick mist of the babies. 3. Insects- one word, CLEAN. Do that cleaning and you will not have an issue when you are ready to feed again in 3 days.   Take a few extra minutes before your holiday starts and  [ ... ]

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MBD - Calcium Deficiency

(*Editor's Note- The following e-mail was provided by a fellow gecko keeper that was experiencing a major issue with this gecko. The jaw would not close at all. We e-mailed each other several times and, as a result, Ken came up with this quick explanation of the problem and the steps he took.) First have a vet check the gecko to make sure its jaw is not broken so you're not fighting an impossible battle. If the jaw is broken chances are good it will not heal properly even with a jaw splint. 
Please note, calcium deficiency must be treated as soon as possible for the best chance of healing and gecko survival.  The gecko will die a very painful death from calcium deficiency if untreated.
 
(Optional treatment) Provide UVB bulb at least 8 hours (during daylight hours) to help gecko metabolize calcium. (editor's note-  this is very risky and should be done with great caution!)
 
Treat as normal calcium deficiency as follows:
Have a v [ ... ]

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What Should I Do, My Gecko Is Shedding

Geckos shed their skin as they grow. They shed when they are young and when they are adults.
Most of the time, the shed goes very well. Sometimes though, it doesn't. It is tempting to 'help' the gecko when you see it still has shed skin hanging on its body. The best thing to do when a gecko doesn't completely finish shedding its old skin is determine if this is a problem or not. Geckos tend to eat their own shed. I know this sounds gross but that is nature. If you see shed on your gecko, either it is just starting to shed or it might have a problem. Generally, if you mist their enclosure during the evening, the animal completes their shed by the next day. If by the next day however, you still notice that the gecko has only partially shed, additional steps should be taken to help them finish the process. Excess shed on their feet can cause crested geckos to be unable to climb glass. Shed left on legs could bind and actually restrict blood flow. Shed on a geckos mouth may ca [ ... ]

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