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Leopard Geckos are extremely popular reptiles to keep as pets. These reptiles are easy to care for and live for a long time, up to 30 years in captivity. However, these geckos are a bit notorious for losing toes due to shedding problems. The skin around the toes does not shed, and therefore dries out. As it dries, the skin tightens around the toes and begins to act like a tourniquet, cutting off the blood supply to the toes. Eventually, the toe dies from the lack of oxygen carried by the blood, and the toe becomes gangrenous and falls off. Infection can result from this.
As many of you leopard gecko owners know, it is easy to tell when your gecko is going to shed. The skin color will start to dull, almost beginning to look smokey a day or two before shedding is to occur. When the leopard gecko is in this stage, it is important to give your gecko a variety of tools to make a complete shed.
I recommend offering a large, shallow water bowl filled with warm water, and I believe placing moist moss in a hideout are the best opportunities for your gecko to make a complete shed. The moist retreat will provide additional humidity for the gecko to allow the shedding skin to peel off the fresh skin cleanly.
The gecko is rather good at getting the body skin and leg skin off cleanly. The toes, however, will need the warm water bowl to help loosen this skin. The toe skin is difficult for the gecko to remove because they cannot get a good bite on the skin to peel it off. They do not want to bite their toes and licking their toes is not a habit they have. The warm water gets in between the shedding skin and new skin, and more often than not, the toe skin falls off. If the skin does not fall off, there are some methods you can do to help peel the skin off the toes.
The first thing to try is to take your leopard gecko and place him in a large, deep container with a shallow amount of warm water and mineral oil. The oil is thinner than water and has an easier time getting in between the shedding skin and the fresh skin. The oil will then act as a lubricant to allow the skin to peel off. Since the gecko will be walking around, the gecko will be the mixer and make this process successful. However, you may need to intervene. Keep the gecko in this bath mixture of water and mineral oil. Take a cotton Q-tip, dip it in mineral oil, and use the Q-tip as a peeler. Massage each toe, trying to work the shedding skin off.
There is another method that is a bit more difficult and requires patience and skilled hand/eye coordination. Keep giving your leopard gecko warm water to soak in. The warm water will rehydrate the skin, making it soft and plump. Take needle nose tweezers and carefully pinch a piece of loosened shedding skin and slowly pull the skin off. I cannot emphasize how important it is to be gentle and slow. Leopard geckos are hardy, but they do have sensitive skin. The goal is to make the skin as soft as possible before trying this.
Lastly, a realistic view. I want to put this here because I feel if I did not, I would not be giving the whole truth. In the wild, leopard geckos are found missing toes due to shedding problems. Do not beat yourself up if you are unable to remove the shedding skin from your gecko's toes and the toe falls off. It does happen, but when you notice that the toe has fallen off, be sure to keep the wound clean so it can heal without harming your gecko further.
If you have any comments, questions, or want to add to my list of what has worked for you, please post here. Best of luck to all leopard gecko owners.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: My Leo has skin built up near the tip of his tail. I have been trying to bathe him and use a cotton swab to take it off, but It starts to bleed. I don't want to hurt him, but it is getting worse. I fear he will lose the tip of his tail, plus I don't want him to be in pain. What can I do to help him ?
Answer: There are a few things you can try. First, is it built up skin or an infection? My 22 year old leopard gecko recently bit off the very tip of his tail about 2 sheds ago. I cleaned it with betadine, put some neosporin on it, and it healed within 3 weeks with no infection.
If it is truly just crusty built up skin, take the tail and soak it in mineral oil. Not baby oil. The mineral oil should soften the skin enough to get it off. It worked like a charm for my adult iguana on his spike shed.
If you can, email me a picture to email@example.com so I can take a look at what you are dealing with.
Question: If a toe falls off on a Leopard Gecko, will it grow back? If so, how long will it take?
Answer: Toes do not grow back. The only part of a leopard gecko that will regenerate is the tail. It is very common for them to lose toes whether in captivity or the wild. Just make sure to keep the tank clean and the wound clean so no infection occurs at the sight of the lost toe. My 22 year old leopard gecko is missing three toe tips I think.
Question: My new Leopard gecko is still scared of me. How do I get the toe skin off?
Answer: You need to work on building trust with your gecko. Get it used to be handled first, then get the skin off the toes. Or, without causing it too much stress, you can firmly hold him and remove the toe skin one foot at a time per day.
Question: I have two leos, a midnight blizzard and a common. They were both bought from the same store. The common is about 9 months old and the midnight blizzard is 2 months old. Today, the blizzard shed its skin with no problems, but my common has never shed the entire time I've had her. Her skin will go white/dull, but she never begins the shedding process. Her skin goes back to its normal coloring. Is it normal or healthy for my leopard gecko to never fully shed her skin?
Answer: This is a pretty common question, and you may not believe the answer, but your common is shedding without you noticing. When my 20+ year old gecko was young, I would never, ever catch him shedding. I would see him go gray, then back to normal, then BAM! He would be brighter for a day or two and go back to his normal yellow. If there is no skin being retained, as in there are visible layers of skin, and your gecko is eating/behaving normally, I'd guess that you are missing the shedding process.
Question: My gecko has some shed stuck in his eye, how can I take it out?
Answer: Use a warm, wet pillowcase and let the gecko walk around underneath it. Then, you can use a warm wet q-tip to try and remove it. That typically does the trick.
Question: My leopard geckos toe on the tip is falling off, and the bone is sticking out of the toe connecting to the dead tip of the toe, what should I do?
Answer: Keep the wound as clean as possible and let the skin grow back over it. Also, change the substrate in the cage to plain paper towels. Give it a little while, but the wound will heal over.
Question: My juvenile leopard gecko has skin on her toes. I was able to get the skin off, but one of her toes is a reddish pink. I it just irritation? Or, should I treat it with something?
Answer: Yes, it is most likely irritated. You can place some cool water on it to reduce swelling. I'd even put a small amount of vaseline to avoid more irritation. If the skin is broken though, do not use Vaseline. Instead, use original Neosporin. Just keep an eye on it. It will most likely go away within a week's time.
Question: I have a question. My geckos were starting to shed, and I put them in a hide to shed in and both of their skins got stuck back on. Now over a period of time, I'm noticing a change in their color skin appearance where it's now turning brown and if it dries out too much you can see their actual skin underneath. I'm concerned. I've had many many ages of geckos before but I have never had two of them have the same problem. How do I help my geckos to shed?
Answer: You said that you put them in a hide box? Are you forcing them to stay in the box? Sounds to me like the humidity is way too high for them to remove the skin easily.
Question: I wasn’t able to get the skin completely off of one of my lizards toes. It has wrapped itself around tight around the toe causing the top of the toe to be larger and swollen. What should I do? My gecko is not eating as much as she usually does, and I think it is because of this.
Answer: If you have tried soaking and mineral oil and it is still stuck on there, I do recommend using pointed tweezers to get the skin off. These pointed tweezers are so fine that when you pinch the stuck shed, it will almost cut through it without hurting your gecko's toe. The swelling can be reduced by putting the hand in some cool water a few times a day. If it is fairly well along and the toe is looking like it is possibly dead, be observant and as soon as the toe falls of, clean the wound with betadine mixture. If you want to send a picture to my email, I can better assist you. ReptileJoey@gmail.com Cheers.
Question: What if my leopard gecko sheds twice in one month? Is there anything wrong with him health-wise?
Answer: From my experience, I'd say no. Sometimes my gecko seems to shed back to back quickly and other times it seems like there is some length between sheds. As long ad it's still eating and behaving normally, I would not worry about it.
Question: Does e-oil work for leopard gecko shedding problems?
Answer: I would think it would as it has many benefits.
Question: My Leopard Gecko has just shed, but hasn't been eating properly this past month. Today I noticed some tight skin around his toe. I have soaked it in warm water tried to get it off, with no success. The tip is red. How can I get him to eat? I have had him since December 24th, 2018. He ate well when I first got him. I offer him mealworms & crickets.
Answer: First, get the skin off his toe. If the toe is infected, which it might be if it is red and swollen, he is likely not going to eat. I recommend a vet trip at this point as the infection may have spread throughout his body causing him not to feel well enough to eat.
Question: I think I took my leopard geckos skin off to early on her tail and it is red, smooth, and a little damp and I’m not sure what to do?
Answer: This is a huge issue with many reptile owners. Let the animal shed as much as possible on their own. Try to resist peeling of skin as this causes the damage you have stated. For now, clean the wound with Betadine mixture and remove any loose substrate from the cage. Place the gecko on paper towels until the wound has healed.
Question: I had to help my leopard gecko shed with warm baths, but he seems fatigued still. Should I give him pedialyte with a dropper to be sure he is hydrated?
Answer: If his urates are white to light yellow, he is hydrated. If they are dark yellow or brown, start the pedialyte.
Question: My gecko has shedded skin left on his toes. I have tried the warm water method and I can’t do it. I’m scared his toe is going to fall off. Anything else I can try?
Answer: I hate to give some tough love here, but you took on the responsibility of giving this gecko your best care. You have to get that shed off. In the future, make sure you are providing humidity that will aide your gecko's shedding process.
Aside from the warm water baths, you can place mineral oil on the stuck shed and massage the toes. The oil will soften the skin and cause lubrication to get the stuck shed off.
Question: How do I clean my leopard gecko's toe which has fallen off? What products should I use and where could I find them?
Answer: You will need two products: iodine/betadine and neosporin. You can find either of these at Walgreens, CVS, Target, or Walmart. Look in the first-aid section. With the betadine, you will mix it with water until it looks like a weak tea mixture. I suggest making this in a shallow container. You can then place the gecko in the shallow mixture and gently clean the toe. Afterward, place a small bit of classic Neosporin on the wound. DO NOT USE the Neosporin with painkillers in it. This version can potentially kill your gecko. Also, change the gecko's cage substrate to plain paper towels until the wound is completely healed.
Question: My gecko only has shed once since I got him and that was in February. He is a juvenile, around three months. Why won't he shed?
Answer: Shedding occurs whenever the gecko is ready. My adult (20 years old) leopard gecko shed about 4 times a year or every three months. Every gecko is different. If it is still eating and behaving normal, there is nothing to worry about. Also, you won't see the shed typically because they eat the shed.
Question: My leopard gecko had skin stuck around his toes, and I got it off. He has a large black lump on one of his toes and one of the other toes, the toe nail is facing sideways. I am scared that it is infected. What should I do?
Answer: The toenail that is facing sideways should not be of much concern. If it does not seem that your gecko has any discomfort, I would not worry about it. My 20+ year gecko has a nail or two that face a bit off-center, and as far as I can remember, it was always like that. They do not grip with their digits. It is more or less whatever the nails catch as they swing their feet is how they grip.
As far as the black lump, I would really need to see a picture of it to help you out better. The black lump could be anything from retained shed that has cut off blood supply to that area of the toe to scarring that has occurred due to you forcing shed off of the toe. If you can send me a few clear photos to reptilejoey at gmail, I can further assist you with your issue.
Question: My leopard gecko just shed. I examined her shed and it was kind of bloody. What does this mean?
Answer: Typically when there is some bloody shed it is because the humidity was too low. Your gecko had to be more aggressive to get the shed off. Try increasing the humidity for the next shed to avoid it being bloody.
Question: How long does it take for damage to occur from stuck skin on the toe of a leopard gecko?
Answer: It all depends on the severity of the stuck shed. I've seen my gecko eat the tip of his tail getting of shed, so the damage was instant. If the shed stays on the toes for a week or longer, it can act as a tourniquet and cut of blood supply to the toes. The better thing to do is to provide the best temperature and humidity to avoid these issues.
Question: Should I replace the real rocks in my gecko's home?
Answer: I am not sure why you would. If they have been properly sanitized, I don't see why you need to.
Question: I did everything and the shedding on my gecko’s foot has not come off. She just shed again and I’m worried it will be even harder to remove now. What do I do?
Answer: The more layers of shed that accumulate, the worse it will get. Try raising the overall cage humidity for a few days as well as soaking the toes. If you still cannot get the shed off, a trip to a vet is likely necessary to remove the shed and save your gecko's foot.
Question: I have a female leopard who I think is around 1 and a half (I bought her from someone who believed she was around 1 when I got her) For the past few months I have had her, I have never seen her shed, I understand you don't always see this as they eat their skin however I have never even seen her go dull or greyish, she is always very bright. She eats and drinks fine. Should I worry about my gecko not shedding?
Answer: Do not worry. All seems well with your gecko.
Question: How do you clean the wound if a toe falls off?
Answer: Clean the toe with a weak betadine/water mixture. Then put a small dab of non-painkiller Neosporin on it. Repeat until healed. Also, change the substrate in the tank to paper towels until the wound is fully healed.
Question: My gecko started to shed, but instead of shedding in one piece like a suit, his shed cracked in the middle of his back. Is this bad? Plus his mouth and area around his eyes never turned white to shed.
Answer: Cracked shed or shed that comes of in pieces is usually due to humidity levels that are too low for complete sheds. Increase the humidity and gently remove the back shed. The shed around the eyes and mouth most likely shed and he ate those first and you missed it.
Question: My leopard gecko's tail gets thinner right after a shed, is this bad?
Answer: Is the tail continuously getting thinner? Is it eating, but not gaining weight? If you answered yes to any of those questions, your gecko likely has a parasite and would need to be seen by a vet right away. However, if the tail bulks back up after a shed, consider how much growth the gecko is going through during sheds. You may need to be feeding your gecko more food to aid in its growth. It may be using its tail reserves because of this growth. Lastly, get your self a scale and monitor your gecko's weight. You may see an increase in weight and thinning of the tail as the gecko grows.
Question: My gecko is having trouble shedding. I do the bath for her and then took q-tips to get the shed off of her toes. Now, her toes are bleeding. Should I do something different? Should I be worried?
Answer: Two things. First, get a humid hide box with some sphagnum moss in there to aid in future sheds. Secondly, it sounds like you may have been too rough removing the skin on the toes or the toes were already pretty badly damaged. In either case, keep the toes clean. If not already done, change the cage substrate to paper towels to monitor the healing process of the toes.
Question: My leopard gecko is biting his toes, what does this mean?
Answer: There are two possible reasons why this could be occurring. The first reason is that the substrate he is on may be causing irritation. I recommend putting him on paper towels for a while and see if the biting stops. The other reason could be from an under-the-tank heat mat or a heat rock burning his feet. If you do have one of these, remove them. Place under-the-tank mat on the sidewall of the tank to help your gecko. Let me know if this helps.
Question: I've had my leopard geckos (2) for about a month now and I haven't seen both of them shed at all. I've checked for signs of shedding like maybe stuck shed, but so far, nothing. Female is 8 months and male is 6 months. I'm a bit new with taking care of leos, so I'm a bit confused. Is there anything wrong if my Leopard geckos do not shed within a month?
Answer: If your geckos are eating regularly, defecating normally, and are overall alert, active, and seemingly healthy, it seems there is not much to worry about. They are likely eating their shed before you have a chance to see them in the process of doing it. It is very rare to see your geckos shed as they typically do it at night when they are awake and usually in their hide boxes.
Question: What should I do with my gecko once she is covered in mineral water? Should I bathe my gecko in warm water?
Answer: You should let the skin absorb the mineral oil. Mixing it with water does nothing as it will create a homogeneous mixture. Washing the mineral oil off defeats the purpose of its use.
Question: My Fancy Gecko has these white build on some of their toes, not all. Should I be concerned about my gecko's potential calcium deficiency? Could this just be dried up skin on my gecko's toes? Is white buildup on a gecko's toes a symptom of being ill? I'm a new gecko mom and I'm just nervous.
Answer: It is stuck shed. Soak the toes in warm water and carefully pull off. Repeat 3 times a day until gone.
Question: What do you do if the gecko's toe is infected?
Answer: If you have caught it early, betadine baths every other day can clear it up. But, after 7 days and it shows no sign of improvement, a vet trip is necessary.
Question: I’ve had my gecko for about 2 and a half months, but do I need to be giving him baths or vet checkups? I have checked online, but I’m gettng yes and no's. I was also wondering if you could give me some tips for caring for a 5-6 inch leopard gecko.
Answer: I will try my best to answer your questions. First, you do not need to bathe your gecko. Vet check-ups are ideal, but not 100% necessary. There are so many things you can do at home to help your gecko. If your gecko becomes lethargic, stops eating, or it's feces change color, size, or shape, then a vet trip is necessary. The biggest tips I can give you for caring for your gecko is to keep the correct temperatures and humidity, feed on a regular schedule and keep handling to a minimum to promote the best health for your gecko.
Question: My Leopard Gecko has some skin left around his nose and by his mouth. I've tried to remove it by getting a damp paper towel and just brushing down on it. It kind of loosens, but I can't get the last little bit. What else can I do to help him out?
Answer: Try using an ultra soft toothbrush to get the last little bit off. I used one on other reptiles and snakes I have owned to remove those small, stubborn shed and it has worked very well.
Question: My leopard gecko started to shed his skin. There was a spot that kind of looked amber. Today it started to peel off. When holding him, he got caught in a piece of string and it ripped it off. It look pinkish like when you peel a scab and it's pink underneath. It started to bleed. I put some ointment and a vitamin c and hydrochloric acid serum. I read that vitamin c promotes healing and hydrochloric acid because it draws moisture to the skin. What should I do?
Answer: Whenever this happens, it is best not to panic. Placing the serum you put on your gecko may contain other chemicals that are not healthy for reptiles. Please only use products that have been proven to effectively help reptiles or are made specifically for reptiles. Also, reptiles tend to have the best coagulating blood in the animal world. Yes, there may have been some blood, but it stops rather quickly without complication. To keep this wound clean and able to heal, please follow these steps.
1. Get a shallow container and fill it with warm water. Mix some betadine into the water until it is the color of a weak tea.
2. Place the gecko in the container and gently wash that scabbed area of the gecko with the mixture.
3. Rise the gecko in clean water.
4. Place a small dab of Neosporin antibiotic ointment on the wounded area. Make sure it does not contain painkillers or numbing agents as this can kill your gecko.
5. Repeat these steps every 2 days until the wound looks healed. That area of skin will likely never look the same, but it will return to look more closely like it did before the wound.
6. Tip: if the gecko is on a loose substrate (sand, wood, etc.) it is best to remove and use paper towels until the wound in fully healed.
Question: My gecko lost two of her toes. Do we need to take her to a vet?
Answer: Not necessarily. If the foot looks swollen and red, or if she has stopped eating, a vet trip may be a good idea. If she is still eating and looks healthy otherwise, I'd say watch her closely for any changes. If she is still acting normal, I would not go.
Question: My gecko has white stuff on his nose, and it has gone scaled like a snake and won’t come off. What is it and what should I do?
Answer: It sounds like stuck shed. Mineral oil it and when the next shed happens, make sure you increase the humidity.
Question: I was given a gecko and it was in the middle of shedding, he has dry skin in his eyes what do I do?
Answer: Wet an old pillowcase with warm water and ring it out. Place the gecko inside and allow it to walk around. The heat and humidity of that environment and the friction of the pillowcase can help get that skin off. If it is in the eye, you may need vet intervention.
Question: It's been a week after my gecko has shed and I see white skin on his back. It's not calcium and it doesn't feel like fluff, what is it?
Answer: It could be some stuck shed. Please send a photo to my email link in my bio for more help.
Question: My gecko, Spike, has extra skin, but I don’t know how to get it off. What can I do to get this dead skin off my gecko?
Answer: Please follow the guidelines provided in the article. If you could give specific areas the shed is still on, I may be able to give you more specific help. Send me an email (linked in my bio) and I can help you further.
Question: My leopard gecko has shed on her nails. Are those sheddings from leopard gecko's toes or her nails? Also, a couple of her nails are brown. Are brown nails symptomatic of an illness?
Answer: Leopard geckos have little claws (nails) at the end of each of their toes. Brown nails could be dirty nails, especially if you have a loose substrate in the tank. The nails could appear brown too if it is dried blood.
Question: I started to babysit a friend's leopard gecko and noticed that one of her toes had necrosis and are a shriveled up. I don't know how long the gecko had it. Does this gecko need to go to the vet?
Answer: If it hasn't fallen off yet, go to the vet. The necrosis can affect the rest of the blood and body.
Question: My young leopard gecko isn’t eating his shed is this normal? I thought they eat it to gain back vitamins.
Answer: It is not uncommon for them to not eat their sheds. It is especially true if it just ate and has a full belly. No room to put the shed. I've even had geckos regurgitate shed because they were too full. It happens. Also, they don't eat the shed so much to gain back vitamins, but more of a hide from predators/ not sure when next meal may be.
Question: How many toes can they lose?
Answer: I've seen geckos lose many toes. The best thing to do is not to think about how many toes they can lose, but to think about and do all the things you can to prevent any toe loss.
Question: My Juvenile Gecko is getting super grey so I'm assuming she is going to shed, it's been two, almost three days later, and she still isn't shedding. Does this mean she's sick?
Answer: No, your gecko is not sick. Geckos will go through a stage of greying before shedding. Some take a few days of greying. Keep the humidity up and she should shed in no time.
Question: What type of mineral oil can you use for Leopard Geckos? I know I can get some regular human mineral oil from Walmart, but if there's one that's specifically for them, I'd feel safer with that.
Answer: Nope. I use the mineral oil from Walmart too. Works really well.
Question: Do leopard gecko's toes ever grow back?
Question: My leopard gecko has skin still in her ear, how should I help her with getting it out?
Answer: Take a q-tip and wet it with warm water. Gently use it to soften and remove the skin from the ear. Typically if you can keep the skin soft enough, it will remove on the next shed.
Question: I have two Leopard Geckos, and one is energetic. The other is slow and seemingly not motivated. Is there anything I can do to help my lethargic gecko or is this behavior normal?
Answer: If they are in the same tank, you should separate them immediately. Remember, most lizards only come together to mate. Any other time brings unneeded stress to the animal. If they are separated and both are eating regularly, then there should be no concern. My gecko was never super energetic and he is still chilling for the last 20+ years.
Question: I soaked my leopard gecko in the mineral oil-water mixture as you said in this article. Am I supposed to remove the oil that is still on my gecko after her mineral oil and water bath?
Answer: You can or just let it be.
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Anna on September 05, 2020:
I just got my gecko about 3 or 4 weeks ago and it just started shedding but my dumb self noticed and with no earlier information about the process I picked at it and pulled most of it off but I looked it up and freaked out when I found out that I’m not supposed to. I tried to find out what happens but I can’t find any information about it. Please could you help me I’m scared I seriously messed up. He is 14 weeks old and I think he was pre shedding like all foggy colored. Again please help I feel incredibly guilty.
Ps sorry this is so long
Dylan salmons on August 07, 2020:
One of my leopard geckos has had a problem shedding on one of her back feet. It went on long enough without my realization that it had gotten that bad(it was only in one area and I’m less experienced so I figured it would come off at some point). It has gotten so bad it the point of which I know she is guaranteed to loose a couple of toes on this foot. But I also don’t want things to get worse. Is there anything I can do?
Jayne hanks on July 13, 2020:
My 1 and half year Leo is shedding every couple of weeks, and the other day while shedding it looks like she has bitten the top half of her tail, it's scabbing over now, she is eating morio worms, but has not pooped for about a week that I have noticed, she is kept on paper towels as substrate and always has a wide shallow dish of water in her tank. Any advice would be much appreciated
Mayte on June 25, 2020:
Hello! I had a question abour my leopard gecko. For the past few months he's been shedding fine, but the last two he has been having a bit of struggle that pieces of it stuck to his tail and skin around the back legs? I'm not sure if this makes sense, but as he shed again it still stuck around and now his face has a few tiny pieces of shed and its darker and wrinkly along the skin on his tail and legs became increasingly darker, should i be worried? I want to think its him changing skin patterns but his tail was much brighter before now its turning brown. Sorry for so much im just very worried i hope you have a wonderful day.
Megan on June 21, 2020:
My sistets leopard gecko is sticky what does taht mean?
Lurlene Duggan on June 02, 2020:
My 4 year old Gecko has stopped eating. She is shedding constantly and hasn't eaten in two months.
Archie on March 16, 2020:
My leopard gecko has a brown lump covering one of his toes at the end what should I do
FLS on December 15, 2019:
My Gecko is having trouble shedding his head. Should I worry or take him to a vet
FS on December 15, 2019:
My gecko is having trouble shedding the skin on his head. Should I worry. It is off every where else
Zaw on April 23, 2019:
Gail on April 23, 2019:
We just got our leopard gecko 2 weeks ago, its a juvenile. We noticed he has not pooped in 2 days and he is starting to get a dull color so thinking he might be beginning to shed - should we be concerned he has not pooped?
Alyssa on April 13, 2019:
Hello. I have a leopard gecko that is only about 3 and a half years old. He sheds a lot, at least a few times every two weeks. He doesnt eat much either. He did have a problem with sand blockage which has gone now and we replaced the sand with artificial grass flooring. Do you have any advice? I just want to know why he is shedding so much, I'm getting worried.
Reptile Joe (author) from Illinois on April 11, 2019:
@Niamh: put your gecko in a small box with warm water and spray all aides of the container to increase the humidity. Let it soak. Do this daily. Also, provide a humid hide box to help get the skin soft.
Niamh on March 31, 2019:
my juvenile leopard gecko has a bit of skin on one of his toes but it's slightly coming off, he also has skin on his eyelids, I gently tried to get it off but it wouldn't budge, It's kinda scary. Someone please help
Addison on March 30, 2019:
My lizard sometimes doesen't eat and there was a lot of skin wrapped around her toes, we took it off but it did cause her to loose one two toes, don't stress about that. If your lizard is not standing up straight then you can feed her but sprinkle some calcium on her food, this will help her bones grow stronger. If you have any questions just comment them or gmail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks for reading! :)
Dave on March 29, 2019:
My lizard is not moveing and have been shedding a lot she is not shedding it her hidehole we are very concerned she looks more fat compared to the other lizard please help me
Reptile Joe (author) from Illinois on January 30, 2019:
@Devyn. Go out and buy the mineral oil and Q-tips. This leopard gecko is now your responsibility. The quicker you solve this problem, the healthier and happier your leopard gecko will be.
Devyn on January 28, 2019:
My Leo has shed skin build up on his toes. To be more specific its at the tip of his toe nail and at the bottom of his finger i thought a bath would be a good idea like you said then you said itd be best to use mineral oil and warm water and a q-tip i dont have q-tips atm and no mineral oil and my leo is still fairly new (he or she) has been with me for nine days this is my first gecko i need help please responde as quick as you can thanks.
Mel on January 19, 2019:
When a Geko is a pet do they still need to eat there skin a women told me that they have to eat it to give them vitamins an minerals. Then to night i read that they eat so that it dosnt atract predetors ?.
Reptile Joe (author) from Illinois on January 19, 2019:
You can try to soak an old rough towel in warm water and let him walk on that. The friction from the towel may help to remove any unwanted skin without you having to hold him. Even if he is not tame, it is more important to help him and risk getting bit. It's part of owning these little guys.