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I just got a small leopard gecko last week. This is my first one. Heonly comes out of his rock ... expensive. The bag of sand, good for one tank full, is of the lizard safe kind and cost five bucks.

Dave ,
I don't mean to alarm you but a decent book I finally got in the mail today that I
got "used" from Amazon.Com's website called "The Lizard Keepers Handbook" by
Phillippe de Vosjoli mentions "caseous matter" very briefly (one time) in the section
on illness and disease. You shouldn't necessarily assume that, but as unpleasant
a reply as I realize this is I felt it wise to mention it. In any event, assuming you haven't had him long and bought him from a local pet
store (where he may have been housed with a number of other lizards - some of even
other species, you should know, if you don't already, that (some)times lizards are
treated like a "as long as most of them live to the pet store and are bought" type
of product. Also being enclosed like that in such a confined space on the way to
"market" if even a single lizard has an illness or disease there's a very good chance
a lot or all of the other lizards in the enclosure will catch it, too. And it may not be
obvious when one first buys the lizard if the illness/disease hasn't reached a
noticeable stage where one can visually see the animal is ill. My conclusion: If
one goes into a pet store or wherever and even a single lizard in an enclosure
appears ill, assume the worst. All of the lizards in that same enclosure may be
ill as well and know that going in before you lay down any money for one. Something a bit more positive to offset that negative subject matter. Should you
ever have a problem with your Gecko not eating he specifically mentions Geckos saying if a Gecko is still active but not feeding and appears ill you can use a
large syringe (feeding) and Ensure which you can buy in a drugstore and let him lick-
feed the Ensure from the syringe. Better to have info ahead of time should it come
in handy I believe. Peace.
Lizard~King
I don't mean to alarm you but a decent book I finally got in themail today that I got "used" ... shouldn't necessarily assume that, butas unpleasant a reply as I realize this is I felt it wise to mention it.

Caseous matter literally translated means "cheesy stuff". When dealing with reptiles it usually refers to pus. Reptile pus has a very nasty habit of occuring in a cottage-cheesy consistency as opposed to the more fluid pus that we mammals have. This mostly just means that it's hard to clean out of a wound properly.
Dave - I would definitely track down the cause of the smell and I suppose LK does have a somewhat convoluted point that infection could be the culprit. However, rotting cricket corpses in the corner could also be the culprit. I would break the tank down completely and give the animal a good once over and see if I couldn't find what stinks.

-M
All of his friends have them but as usual, it's up to the parent to make sure they don't die. I did not know how I would deal with this gecko but I really like it. DaveL

Lucky for you, they're one of the easiest lizards to keep
It seems you are correct. As funny as it did sound, it was rotting cricket corpses that did it. I cleaned out the cage and when I removed the rock cave there was about 10 or so dead crickets behind it. That was the smell. Also the water dish had some drowned crickets in there. It's fine now with a freshly scrubbed tank and paper towels on the floor.

Also, I saw the gecko out in the open last night for the first time. I shut off his light about 7 pm and snuck up on him with a small flash light about a half an hour later. There he was at the water dish. He froze like he was a little startled and then turned and slowly walked back into his rock cave. He is now eating many meal worms and I don't know how many crickets. It seems as though he ate all the small ones as only the large crickets are left. I'll have to get rid of those and get some new, smaller ones. He poops nightly in a corner at the opposite end of the cage where I put the cricket food. Will the large crickets reproduce more small ones by themselves?
Thanks,
DaveL
It seems you are correct. As funny as it did sound, it was rotting cricket corpses that did it. I ... the cage where I put the cricket food. Will the large crickets reproduce more small ones by themselves? Thanks, DaveL

Geckos will let you handle them, sometimes. Depends on the gecko i have 2 that will walk onto my hand and 2 that prefer not to be held. you can get black light bulbs give some heat and you can see the gecko but they don't seem to notice it. I have heard that they can't see red light. so that will also light the tank but not disturb them. You will want to let them get settled in before you start trying to handle them or it. I don't know if this has been mentioned but you don't want to put 2 males in the same cage. multiple females are fine together.
get a red light, you can see them then
I got crix breed when i had damp sand only
He doesn't seem sick but I checked his fecal samples and it does look strange. I'll try to be tastefull about this. Each piece has a white part on the end. Almost looks like the creamy topping! Like cool whip or cake icing. Is that normal?
DaveL
He doesn't seem sick but I checked his fecal samples and it does look strange. I'll try to be tastefull ... whitepart on the end. Almost looks like the creamy topping! Like cool whip or cake icing. Is that normal?

As long as it's not TOO creamy. The white stuff is what lizards do instead of going peepee.
As long as it's not TOO creamy. The white stuff is what lizards doinstead of going peepee.

Peepee??? Chris, you have such a way with words.

-M
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