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Meet Tripod, the special needs leopard gecko.

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by Tim Benzedrine, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Tim Benzedrine

    Tim Benzedrine Prankster Possum Arachnosupporter

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    Tripod has not had a good time with things lately. i adopted him/her for that reason. Either by way of an injury or poor shedding causing constriction, the poor thing lost a leg, and some other injury took its tail. The tail will grow back of course, and has begun to do so, but the leg is a goner. He is quite ambulatory and a vet supplied some ointment to stave off infection. He or she is eating and eliminating properly, so I have hopes that it will grow up and lead as normal of a life as possible. I do have some concern over the whitish places, I'm unsure if that is a remnant of the ointment previously applied, or some leftover skin or something else. I'm gonna give some short soakings to see if that remedies the issue, but for now I am gonna allow for adjustment to the new environment, I figure it is under enough stress at the moment. If it happens to lose the other leg despite my efforts, I'm a little unsure what I'll do. whether a gecko that crippled could live a quality life, I'm not sure.

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  2. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince Active Member

    Poor baby. :arghh: Life's not fair, lil buddy. You get it.
     
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  3. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoprince Active Member

    Poor lil guy!
     
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  4. Tim Benzedrine

    Tim Benzedrine Prankster Possum Arachnosupporter

    Well, he isn't down and out. Researching in order to get an idea of whether or not trying to raise the lizard up was a good idea, i came across a video if a fellow who had one with a similar issue. He posted an update and it turns out his did quite well.
    And on his second night here, he ate TEN roach nymphs. I asked one of his caregivers, who had expressed glee at the news, if they has been disabling prey. they had not. He had been eating, but in his condition, he does not need to be burning energy chasing prey down.

    On the other hand, i guess I should be trying to avoid obesity by over-feeding. I just sensed that he might need a good "powerfeed" with dusted prey. That was something else I asked about, what food he had consumed had not been supplemented, which I feel was crucial.
     
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  5. keks

    keks Arachnobaron Active Member

    I find that this gecko can live a very good life with three and a half legs. They are very hardy.
    Overfeeding is never a good idea, and "oversupplementing" not at all, too much of some components in the supplement can be counterproductive. Feed it in normal frequency and it will be good.
    I miss my Eublepharis macularius :arghh:!!! They are gorgeous pets. But I don't wanna keep vertebrates anymore ..... :shifty:.
     
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  6. Tim Benzedrine

    Tim Benzedrine Prankster Possum Arachnosupporter

    Well, I wasn't really thinking in terms of overfeeding and over supplementing. But I imagine that it actually fed very little since it had been ill and injured and not quite as capable of hunting down prey. So I did boost it up a notch for its last feeding.

    I've never kept a baby one before, but I do know that when my adult has had enough, he simply loses interest. I ceased feeding the baby before it lost interest, though. Dusted about half with plain calcium. The amount that remained on the very small nymphs was pretty negligible. I'll just have to see how it goes, I guess
     
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  7. keks

    keks Arachnobaron Active Member

    My three-legged frog survived, so your little baby will survive too ^^. We underestimate the nature. I hope you will post some information from time to time :).
     
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  8. CWilson1351

    CWilson1351 Arachnoknight Active Member

    I went through something similar with my male when he first came home. Before me he was very underweight and under-supplemented. Though he wasnt a baby, I did give him a bit more free reign with how much he ate. I had to also reduce his feeding quite a bit after the first 3 months though. The species definitely will overeat if given the chance.
    From what I've seen you have things pretty well managed, but one suggestion I can give is to keep a written log of his eating patterns. Also, I have to give you credit and respect for taking on this poor little guy! He definitely needs some extra TLC. Glad he will be getting it!
     
  9. Tim Benzedrine

    Tim Benzedrine Prankster Possum Arachnosupporter

    I'm gonna try my very best. I'm actually quite excited about the prospect of nurturing it to a quality life. A missing hind-leg is really of little consequence these guys, apparently. He scoots along pretty well, all things considered. I've never just dumped prey in and forgot about it to my perfectly healthy adult. I have a flat glass saucer on which drop the crickets or whatever is on the menu and he quickly approaches and gobbles them while still getting some sense of hunting them. Part of the reason I do so is because I've chosen to use reptile carpet which has its pluses and minuses, and one of those minuses is the occasional incident of the gecko of getting teeth caught on the carpet. Plus, feeding in that manner sort of enhances the interaction of feeding time somehow.

    I'll return from time to time with updates, I just hope I don't have to come with bad news.
     
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  10. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    Hope your little guy continues to do well , I've had birds with only the use of one leg and they have survived, one lived to a very good age !
     
  11. Tim Benzedrine

    Tim Benzedrine Prankster Possum Arachnosupporter

    16 days later, still doing quite well. I needed to give him a short soak as it appears his feet are retaining some shed skin. He was not happy. These guys can vocalize pretty loud for being so small. it is downright startling. I'll repeat the bath tomorrow, and in the interim, am going to construct a humid hide. i was holding off until I was certain his wounds were completely healed, reasoning that a warm, humid environment might enable infection to more easily take hold. I think it is safe now.
    He still eats well, and can zip around pretty much as well as a four legged one could. Amazingly resilient. The tail is regenerating nicely and as you can see is developing pattern.
    If he turns out to be a she, a friend at work had suggested another name. "Peggy". I liked it so well that I may change it if need be.

    I'm guessing that he is just a "normal" in regard to morph. I have an adult male blizzard morph, but that's about as far as my knowledge goes in regard to morphs. I'll return in a couple weeks with another photo showing progress.

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