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What Are Common Diseases in Leopard Geckos?

Learn about common diseases in leopard geckos from the animal experts at traveling petting zoo Squeals on Wheels in this Howcast video.

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Hello, my name is Jill Phillips, and I'm co-owner of Squeals on Wheels, a traveling petting zoo and pony rides. My name is John Phillips. We have horses, miniature horses. We have miniature llamas and alpacas, chickens, ducks. We have bearded dragons. Our website is www.squealsonwheels.us.

As an owner of a leopard gecko, you have to watch out for about four different medical problems. The first one is a calcium deficiency. They need calcium, they need it added to their diets. We sprinkle calcium powder over the insects that we give to the leopard geckos. We sprinkle it on the crickets, we sprinkle it on the mealworms, that way the gecko can get enough calcium.

The second disease you have to watch out for is a mouth infection. The leopard gecko can injure its mouth, and if it's not a clean area, the mouth can become swollen and pussy, and cheesy-looking. You look out for that. The way you solve that problem is to keep the area clean and give him antibiotics to overcome the infection.

The next is an insect infestation with ticks, pinworms, and mites. You have to watch the animal. If it has irritated skin, the way to correct it is to keep it clean and in a nice, safe environment.

The last infection that a gecko can get is a respiratory problem, and that's generally brought on by low temperature. The ambient temperature must be around 80 degrees, and the temperature in the hide area must be 85 to 90 degrees. The respiratory problem we can tell if it has bubbles in the mucous coming out of their nostrils or their mouth. If they do the only way to correct it is to increase the temperature in its aquarium area.

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