I need help.
I was given 5 leopard geckos to see if I could do anything to get them to eat.I've been giving them slurry with moderate effects. Upon closer examination, under two magnifying glasses, small brownish red crawly things, looking rather oval in shape, some more reddish than the others. You would never see them if you weren't looking for them. I just don't know how to treat this. A plated lizard I got from the same people has the same problem. Also, not eating well, and looking miserable. What can I use to get rid of these unwanted critters without harming the lizards?
We have no reptile vet in the area, and the other vets want nothing to do with this.
any help would be appreciated, ASAP if possible
Thanks! Sue
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Your leos and plated liz have what are known as reptile mites

www.anapsid.org has details on how to get rid of them under the health section.
You'll need to clean and disinfect the lizards enclosures. EVERYTHING in the tank will need to be dealt with as reptile mites hide in the substrate and in the nooks and crannys of any pieces of wood in the tank. The lizards themselves will need to be treated with a suitable reptile mite spray
The above site will advise you more
I need help. I was given 5 leopard geckos to see if I could do anything to get them to ... and the other vets want nothing to do with this. any help would be appreciated, ASAP if possible Thanks! Sue

Your critters have mites. There are a variety of ways to get rid of them. I use Provent-a-Mite. Google for "reptile mites," as you need to get them off NOW and the above seems to only be available online.

Cindy
Your herps have mites. If not treated, they can (and will) die. The easiest solution is to add a pest strip (Vapona) to each tank for 3 days (take out the water dish during this period) then repeat the treatment after a week for other 3 days, and after a second week for other 3 days again. Makes miracles.
Anna
Your herps have mites. If not treated, they can (and will) die. Theeasiest solution is to add a pest strip ... after a week for other 3 days, and after a second week for other 3 days again. Makes miracles. Anna

Don't forget to put it in a place your LG can't lick it (its lethal to animals if they ingest it), or pop it in a matchbox with some small holes poked in it.

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Your herps have mites. If not treated, they can (and will) die. The easiest solution is to add a pest ... after a week for other 3 days, and after a second week for other 3 days again. Makes miracles. Anna

Read up on it first. You don't want to put the pest strip IN with the animal, as it can poison it. I've been told to cut the strips into smaller pieces and put them in a ventilated container or plastic bag with holes and hang them in the tank, or lay them on the screen top.

Cindy
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Best if fixed at the top (inside) of the tank. The insecticides of the pest strips slowly go down on the bottom. Other important note: if you keep any insects (tarantulas, crickets, mealworms), take them out of the room during the treatment. It kills them too.
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Your herps have mites. If not treated, they can (and ... second week for other 3 days again. Makes miracles. Anna

Read up on it first. You don't want to put the pest strip IN with the animal, as it can ... ventilated container or plastic bag with holesand hang them in the tank, or lay them on the screen top. Cindy

A piece of about 1 inch in a tank of 60x30x30 cm (gallons??). It all depends on the dosage, if you put in the right quantity, it's okay, if you put in too much it's poisonous. As medicines. Personally I had never bad experiences with Vapona. Except that I can't use it for the cage of my Green tree pythons, I hope they've never have to deal with mites.

Anna
I need help. I was given 5 leopard geckos to see if I could do anything to get them to ... and the other vets want nothing to do with this. any help would be appreciated, ASAP if possible Thanks! Sue[/nq]I agree with the other diagnosises, your leos have mites. However, you don't need to mess around with pest strips or changing the substrate or disinfecting everything in the room. Just get a can of Provent-A-Mite. It costs about $20 a can, but boy is it worth it. I had a ball python come in with mites and I tried just about everything, soaking him in olive oil, soapy water, changing the substrate, disinfecting the glass, everything you could think of.

The only thing it accomplished was making my snake miserable and letting them spread to other snakes in the room. It got to the point where he balled up every time he saw me. Then I got a can of the Provent-A-Mite. The only thing you have to do is remove the animal from the cage, spray the substrate down lightly, wait for about an hour for the fumes to evaporate, and replace the animal in the cage. That's all I did, and I haven't seen a single mite since.

I just keep the can around for insurance. You can buy it from
www.pro-products.com.

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