Gargoyle Geckos - Health

Calcium deficiency (MBD)

Normally this is a rare occurrence in Rhacodactylus ariculatus (gargoyle) geckos. The disease is typical of insufficient nutrients in the geckos diet, especially at a young age. Also known as MBD- muscular bone disease it is reversible to a point and best prevented than trying to treat the problem after noticing it. Geckos need a certain amount of calcium to develop and maintain bone mass.

The effects of an insufficient amount of calcium is a gecko that looks weak, walks with shaking motions, and most notably a wavy tail.

This can be achieved by:

  • Dusting- adding calcium dust to the feeder insects
  • Adding calcium in the gecko's moist food- friut or baby food
  • Feeding CGD (Repashy Crested Gecko Diet)

It is certainly much easier and less expensive feeding the CGD than trying to balance their requirements on our own. We strongly suggest to gargoyle gecko owners a Pro-Active approach to avoiding the problem by excluding baby food completely from their diet, feeding insects once a week, and providing the CGD as the staple of the animal's diet through the week.

 

FTS- Floppy Tail Syndrome

Floppy tail syndrome is noticeable in geckos when they hang up-side- down and their tails droop down and form almost almost a 90 degree angle to their bodies. It is debatable whether this malady is caused by the geckos environment, diet, or genetics. Once noticed, there really is no method of reversing the affects of FTS. It is our belief that the hobbyist should do everything they can to prevent FTS. By providing a proper diet and by providing an enclosure that includes plenty of vertical and horizontal climbing branches to give the gecko choices to rest on.

 

Stuck Shed

Occasionally, you may find that your gecko has not shed properly and will need some assistance in removing the excessive shed. Do not try to help the gecko by peeling the shed off yourself as this could cause damage to the animal's skin, tail, toes, mouth and eyes. The best assistance you can provide the gecko is putting it into a deli cup/rubber mail container with moist paper towel. Leave the gecko in the cup for 3-4 hours. This will hydrate the skin and allow the skin to come off on its own. This 'sauna' treatment night take two or three additional trips to the container but should end up getting all the shed off the animal.

Entamoeba invadens

A rare disease in gargoyle geckos. The disease results in a quick deterioration of the gargoyle gecko's health. This is a quickly spreading disease that could ultimately affect the entire collection of geckos. Fortunately, there is an easy fix to this in the Repashy Entamoeba Fix.




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