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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:51 am

My mom posted a picture of my leo on her facebook, and one of her friends commented that there was a disease that made their leo's toes fall off.

Is this a true thing or a myth? I'm a little scared, because my little guy is missing a couple of toes (but I think that's from when his cage mates attacked him at the pet store).

Can anyone explain this?
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Post by smsararas2 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:52 am

The missing toes are from difficulties shedding. If there is shed left on the toes for too long it cuts off the circulation and they will lose the toe or toes. It is not a disease at all and if you watch for left over shed and take it off as required there will be no more issues:)
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:56 am

So he's fine? And if there's left over shed, how do I help him remove it?
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Post by smsararas2 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:59 am

He is perfectly fine...If there is left over shed get a q-tip or cotton swab and get it sopping wet....rub it gently in a down off the toe motion until eventually the shed comes off with it.
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:01 am

Thanks!
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Post by Carmella on Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:50 pm

That is so funny that someone said it was a disease. I wonder sometimes where these people get their information.
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:01 pm

I had a feeling it was BS or misinformation, but you can never be too sure these days. Always good to double check. Very Happy
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Post by smsararas2 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:07 pm

I would rather tell u its BS now then 6months from now you are wishing uou had asked!!!
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:23 pm

I saw the comment and I laughed at it, then reread it and thought "Oh no, he's missing toes!". I'm very glad I asked.

Now my mom actually believes me when I tell her he's missing a couple toes and why.
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Post by Carmella on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:30 pm

Always good to ask questions now.....jusssstttttt in case Smile
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:36 pm

I've posted several times in different spots already. I felt like a spammer, but I want to know everything I can to make sure he's okay. Also, who wouldn't want to know everything they could about these cuties??
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Post by Carmella on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:46 pm

True... read, read, read is what I suggest. And asking questions is really good too. I havent read all your posts, do you have just the one leo?
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:07 pm

Just Misfit, yes. There's a reptile expo at the end of this month that my dad and I are going to, and I'm really hoping to get a crested or a gargoyle there.
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Post by Carmella on Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:25 pm

cool, hope you find something you like!
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Post by Kermit on Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:01 pm

Actually the toes can fall off from a fungal infection or from a virus as well. It can have a slight infection go gangreen-ous and the toe would fall off, also certain strains of strep can cause the tissue to die so saying it was because of disease isn't totally out of the realm of acceptable reasoning BUT those are also a 1 in 1000 chance. The highest liklihood would be a stuck shed causing a stricture and the dead toe tip falling away HOWEVER the process of the dieing toe from the shed stricture can lead to secondary illness such as sepsis or other infection but again a slim chance, but still a chance.



Sorry to sound like such a prophet of doom but it is a good reason to deal with stuck shed as soon as you can... with in 24 hours of noticing it imo. Give your leo a chance to get it off themselves first by providing a nice warm moist hide, then if they still have issues do as Jolene suggested with the qtip or put a couple inches of warm water in your bathroom sink and let him have a nice foot soak, then they usually rub right off with a qtip with in about 15 minutes.

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Post by Carmella on Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:17 pm

agreed. Those are possibilities. I've rarley seen it. But it was the saying it was a disease that was crazy. That word just scares people. I feel like if that person actually was thinking of those possible infections. They would of said that. But thats just me.
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Post by gothicgurrrl on Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:22 pm

If you're lucky, your leo will get all the shed skin off by themselves Very Happy and you never have to worry about taking it off for them Very Happy My leo never gets it stuck on her toes, but sometimes she leaves some near her cloaca (female parts).
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Post by samsleopardgeckos on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:13 am

here's a rescue i took ins front feet, the poor boy has 3claws between the 2feet and only has half toes for some of the toes and he had skin hanging off some toes but now he sheds fine Smile


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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:20 am

That's exactly how his feet look! My mom thought I was insane the first time I said he was missing a few toes!

He has yet to shed for me (he's only been with me since July 22), but I'll be sure to watch for that. He needs his toes!

What can I use to make the moist hide?
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Post by samsleopardgeckos on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:28 am

for that male in the pic i solved the problem by using wet kitchen roll in his moist hide but i did have to help him get those last 2 toes clear of skin (i picked at them dialy until they came off) but he's a full grown male which is much easyier to get hold of than a liitle youngster Smile

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Post by gothicgurrrl on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:41 am

To make a moist hide you can just use a plastic container with a lid.. cut a hole in it for the door Very Happy and fill it with paper towels or sphagnum moss. Then spray inside the moist hide everyday with warm water.
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:58 am

My little guy won't even let me hold him yet! I tried yesterday and he bit me. Scared me half to death.

Should I keep that hide in all the time, or only for when he's shedding?
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Post by gothicgurrrl on Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:25 am

all the time Smile some geckos just like to sit in it Very Happy
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Post by fufucuddlypoops6 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:36 am

Hm. I'll have to make one of those today.

Hey Sam: I saw on one of your posts (I don't remember where) that your gecko Ken had a scar. You said he was a rescue. How bad was his condition when you rescued him?
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Post by smsararas2 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:26 am

Poor Ken was dropped off with Sam because he needed surgery for a large lump on his side and the owner couldn't afford it. There is a thraed about it in the health section;), it is quite the story.
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