I have a female that will be 1 year old in June. She hasn’t pooped in 7-10 days. She has eaten a little including most, but not all of her shed 2 days ago. She had taken 3 huge poops before this happened though. She is not on substrate as I keep her on linoleum. I only feed her crickets and the warm side of her enclosure is 93-95 degrees. She has a heat lamp and UTH. I reached out to the breeder I bought her from and he believes that it is egg impaction and said he sees this every season with one or so females. He said I have 2 options - give her time to let her pass the infertile eggs or absorb them(she has not been bred) which he said he has seen go for 40 days, or take her to the vet in which they will insert a needle and drain the eggs. I have started bathing her in warm water and have massaged her belly and also have been letting her lick olive oil off my finger. I am hoping to get some advice from someone here who has experienced this before. Hoping to not have to spend $500 on a vet visit but WILL NOT LET HER DIE and will spend the money if I need to.
We had this happen to a Crestie beginning of last year. She had 2 stuck and another 2 growing. We had to put her to sleep. A friend of ours this year also lost one to eggs bounding.
Can you see/feel eggs inside of her?
I read that ‘massaging’ the eggs down helps her to pass them. Unfortunately for us we didn’t get the chance to help her… So hopefully yours can be helped!
I can’t help much about the impaction but I will tag @mblaney since she understands a lot of the health issues for leopard geckos (which I’m assuming it is). 1 seems too young to develop eggs. Are you sure that she’s developing eggs and she didn’t eat something she wasn’t supposed to? Either way your hotspot is too hot and should be about 90*.
She’s a Leopard Gecko. I edited my post.
I’ve read that they can develop eggs at 9-10 months which she is. Although anything is possible, there isn’t anything on her cage that she can eat besides her crickets and a dish of calcium. Her cage temp fluctuates a little and although I agree it’s slightly high I do not want to discuss that further.
What do you have for substrate? Also if you have a humid hide what medium is in it? It is likely egg impaction and was the vet you took her to a specialized herp vet? Because if not you need to take her to a specialist as regular vets don’t know much about reptile care. If you don’t want to discuss the temperature then I can’t do anything about that but you need a thermostat for both heat sources and it needs to be set to 90*. Also your cool side should be less than 80* but mid-70s is best.
Unsure why you don’t want to discuss further, but people are trying to help you. So atleast take their advice as otherwise you may be coming back with more problems in the future, although hopefully not.
And as said above, can you see or feel eggs? Usually you can see white eggs inside and or feel them.
@elisha9 I did not feel eggs when I massaged her belly. I will try feeling for them again though as I may have missed them especially if they’re still small.
Temperature might not be an issue with this problem but I want to avoid more problems in the future. I’m just trying to help by asking questions so we can diagnose the problem better.
If you can take a picture of her belly some more experienced breeders could try to check for eggs. Typically females will get egg-bound when they go to lay eggs, if they’re still developing it could be another problem. The eggs will usually be about the width of your thumb when they’re developed. Did you pair the female at all this year?
It does look like she’s egg bound though someone with more experience can verify that. You should contact a specialized herp vet since if they are calcified they can’t be reabsorbed.
Yeah she does look quite bloated for it to be nothing!
Do you know a reptile vet op? Or we can help if you send location.
Here’s a link to find a herp vet if you don’t already have one.
I do not have a reptile vet yet as I’ve never needed one. I do know that Dundee Animal hospital has one at their Algonquin office (Algonquin, IL). If anyone has a recommendation for a reptile vet in my area that they have experience with I’d appreciate it. Otherwise I plan on calling tomorrow morning.
Now the good news, she is in the middle of passing a big chunk of urate. Her belly looks less swollen too and there is urine in her cage. I did give her another warm bath and massaged her belly. I did not feel eggs. I am willing to bet it is urate impaction at this point.
Hopefully it passes fine and fixes the problem
My advice is to take her to the vet. True egg binding is a serious issue that can’t be resolved at home. Not trying to be rude but I’m short on time to respond, pleas excuse if i seem terse. When you say ‘I do not want to discuss this further’ it puts people off of wanting to help you. It’s totally ok to be annoyed, I felt very antagonized with my first few posts, but just sort of grit your teeth & bear it if you want someone to put a lot of time into trying to help.
Do not give olive oil, absolutely DO NOT massage the eggs. @erie-herps is right about the hotspot, yours is too high, and yes it definitely has an impact on digestion and repro behavior, so it is important at least to know.
Looking at the pics, my main point is that leopard geckos can have fat pads that look very much like eggs. Though I think it does look like she has eggs, I have been wrong before, and a very experienced breeder or herp vet is your best bet to tell for sure.
To my knowledge, true egg binding generally needs surgery to save the animal. However, I sporadically have my female geckos lay slugs (unfertilized eggs) on seasons when they aren’t bred- this seems to happen more with a stronger seasonal fluctuation in natural light cycle. If she is near direct sunlight I would do what you can to minimize it.
What you need to watch for are symptoms like her being lethargic, unresponsive, not eating or drinking- if she shows these signs, she needs to be seen by a herp vet immediately, and expect to pay for surgery. The gecko I lost to egg binding also vomited about 12 hours before dying, but I don’t know if that is super-common.
She is old enough to have potentially formed eggs.
Thanks, she has passed a good size piece of urate and has urinated. Her belly looks much smaller and pretty much normal now. She seems to be acting pretty much normal. She has never been a very active Gecko and I suspect that she has some mental disabilities. She’s a sweet animal though and although I do not intend to breed her, my daughters love her and we want to make sure that she is ok. We will now monitor her for a couple days and make sure she is eating and pooping again. If not, we will definitely take her to the vet as I have located a reptile vet near me.
YAY!!! I’m so happy that she’s healthy and happy now.
I’m really glad she’s better. Didn’t you say this was the second time she got constipated? I wonder if something can be done to make sure she doesn’t have this problem again?