Impaction

Symptoms

  • constipation
  • bloated belly
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • dark blue spot on side or belly

Cause

  • loose substrate
  • eating insects that are too big (rare)

Treatment

Give the gecko a warm bath while gently massaging its belly. Administering a drop of olive oil or mineral oil orally can also help. If the blockage doesn’t pass, make an appointment with your vet. Surgery may be needed to save the gecko.

The video below depicts a routine surgery removing impacted sand from a leopard gecko’s digestive tract. This one was a success, but it’s very expensive, and always a risk.

For more information about leopard gecko impaction, visit River Road Veterinary.


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