Posts tagged geckos
Posts tagged geckos
Golden tailed gecko :)
shingecko no kyojin
Crested Gecko (by Ramon Quaedvlieg)
Web-footed Gecko (Palmatogecko rangei)
Wildlife photographer Martin Harvey spent two days in the baking Namib Desert hunting for the elusive pink web-footed gecko. The lizard, which spends most of the day buried in the sand, uses its long tongue to both clean its eyes of dust and drink the moisture which collects on its eyes when the morning mist rolls in from the sea.
(via: Smithsonian Magazine)
He’s still horrendously underweight, but he is no longer dehydrated and has been active. Fighter’s even starting to eat on his own, but I still have to put his repti-boost/crested gecko diet+smashed up crickets in a little bowl and hold it under his head for him to be interested in it.
I called around to a good 5-6 veterinarians because I really haven’t found one that has updated information on herp care and I don’t feel comfortable sending something I care for to someone with no experience. People don’t realize that TONS of veterinarians are terribly under educated on reptile medicine and that practices with them change SoOOo often! [ie: controversy over feeding baby food to snakes: popular in the 90s!!, shell repair in turtles, types of medicines used (herp metabolism≠mammal metabolism)]. Most of the vets I’ve talked to (including the one I take my pups and other animals to) still use information popular from the 80s/90s and that makes me very asdgsdgad
The vet I took Fighter to today though seemed to know a reasonably good amount and I’m very, very happy I went to her. She agreed to do a couple stool tests, mainly for cryptosporidiosis (which is my main concern), samonella, and to check for any internal parasites. We both agreed not to start any antibiotics to make sure no GOOD bacteria gets killed in the process.
But the most awesome thing was that when I explained how I had gotten Fighter, my bill was magically lowered from $150 to $55 (the cost of a regular visit w/o any tests). Weeeeeee
Much, much, much more active than last night! Still visibly ill, but I’m so happy Fighter’s now alert and as feisty as a Tokay should be! His nips even hurt a heck of a lot more than they did last night: one even left a mark.
I still tubed him 9mLs of a crested gecko diet/repti-boost/calcium powder/ water mix for nutrition this afternoon as this little guy is so severely malnourished and needs the calories and nutrients.
Check out my arsenal:
Fighter even feels a teensy bit heavier to me, but I’m much happier with his new found alertness than anything.
This is Fighter right after being tubed: last night he could barely lift his head without support.
Hang in there!!!!
I received a response to one of my unwanted creepy crawly ads on craigslist and decided to go pick this lil guy up. The former owner said that he didn’t want him anymore and I thought well, hey, it’s a tokay and it probably just hasn’t been socialized.
I almost cried when he handed me this poor, frail bag of bones.
A gecko should not look like this. The poor thing was so weak and hadn’t the strength to open his eyes.
The former owner explained that he had been keeping him in a SMALL kritter keeper with nothing but soil; no heating pads or lights (in an air conditioned environment!!!), no hides or decor or branches to climb on, and that he hasn’t eaten in over a month.
Respectfully, I asked him if he had any other reptiles and (thank clouds) he said no. I explained what I thought was wrong; that personally, I thought it looked a lot like cryptosporidiosis (a bacterial infection commonly seen in herps kept in less than ideal conditions), but it could also just be severe malnourished and the former owner shrugged, rolled his eyes, and said that he should’ve gotten a bearded dragon instead :I When asked if he wanted any sort of update on the critter he had for 6 months, he said “he didn’t care if it died”.
When I got him home, I warmed the little guy up for a good two hours in a homemade ICU and soaked him twice in a nice warm bath.
He finally opened his eyes.
After he was nice and warm, I tube fed him a total of 9mLs of a repta-boost/crested diet/ water mix and he perked up a reasonable amount (enough to bite me a couple of times!).
I don’t recommend tube feeding unless you’ve done it before, especially to something like a Tokay; if you’re ever in this position, I’d recommend seeking out professional help as it can be very tricky.
About 25 minutes ago, I syringed (or rather let little tiny drops go onto his tongue) 1.5mLs of a liquid calcium/crested gecko diet/ water mix and the lil dude took it like a PRO.
I’m determined to do everything I can to keep this guy alive until I can consult with a veterinarian on what to do. Unfortunately though, I haven’t met many veterinarians with updated information on reptile care, but I figured any tests to rule out any infections (like cryptosporidiosis) are at least the bare minimum to be done.
I’ve named this little guy “Fighter” and I’m really hoping he pulls through. It seems as though I’ve gotten him right before he crosses death’s door, but I’ve seen and taken care of worse: I refuse to give up on him.
Fighter is currently in a very humid and warm enclosure faaaar away from my other reptiles (to prevent contamination) and I’m going to check on him again first thing in the morning (stressing him out anymore will do no good, only harm).
I know many people don’t like reptiles, or other creepy crawlies to begin with, and I can totally respect that but this is pet abuse. Non-mammal animals feel pain, too.
- Leaving your pet in a completely inappropriate environment just to wither away from starvation and possible disease is pure neglect and it’s completely unforgivable
- If you don’t want to take the five minutes to look online or ask for information on the very BASIC care requirements of an animal, don’t get it. You don’t deserve it. Ignorance isn’t excusable when a living thing’s life depends on you.
- If an animal appears seriously ill and you don’t get it or give it any care, you’re neglecting it. If you can’t afford vet bills, if you can’t afford pet meds, you shouldn’t purchase or take in an animal that, again, completely depends on you.
Please keep little Fighter in your thoughts!!!!!
Good luck, Fighter. We’re pulling for you, tiny little warrior!
(Rock on forever for rescuing him.)
Rosie on glass. I love geckos’ weird feet.
Another one of my favorites, isn’t he cool?
A Hawaiian Day gecko at my house drinking my brother’s orange juice!
I CAN’T HELP IT!!!!! Beautiful smiley created gecko <333333 (eyelash gecko)