Shedding or abnormalities in shedding is one of the problems you may encounter when raising a leopard gecko. Shedding problems can greatly harm your pet, or worst, it may result to death. But on the brighter side, like any other leopard gecko problems, shedding problems have a solution. But before we dig in to the known solutions, let us first identify what causes the shedding problem in leopard geckos.
Water is the main reason why shedding becomes a problem. Lack of humidity in the gecko’s tank triggers the problem. Therefore, keeping the tank of your pet humid at all times will answer most problems related to shedding. The extra moisture will help loosen the skin of your gecko, thus making shedding properly easier for them. The areas around the eyes and toes are the most common problematic site as far as shedding is concerned.
Unshed skin particularly in the eye area will cause impairment to blood circulation and may lead to blindness. Unshed skin around the toes may also leads to amputation of the toes. Always remember that pulling off the skin around these areas is highly discouraged. You should find other natural ways to help your gecko shed off its skin. If a humid shedding area won’t work in completely removing your gecko’s skin, then you can try to give your gecko a warm bath for about 10 minutes.
Vitamin deficiency is another major factor in a gecko’s shedding problem. Most of the time, lack of vitamin A is the most common problem. Supplementing your pet with the essential vitamins that it needs will solve this problem. Health should be your priority in raising a leopard gecko. Feed your pet with healthy food and see to it that the required daily nutritional needs of your gecko are always met. Consult you veterinarian to help you plan your gecko’s nutritional needs.
Parasites are also known to cause problems with a leopard gecko’s shedding. The most common habitat of parasite in your gecko’s body is between its toes. Regularly inspect your gecko’s body paying particular attention to the toes for the presence of any parasite. The moment you notice a sign of parasite infestation, you need to immediately take your pet to the veterinarian for the prescription of proper antibiotic specifically for the type of parasite found.
It is not very easy to diagnose shedding problems of leopard geckos. You need to be very keen in observing the changes in the appearance of your pet. The best thing to do is to avoid these problems in the very first place. Make sure that you avoid the three most common cause of shedding problems and provide your gecko with all the necessary specification that he needs in terms of his environment and diet.
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