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    Hi everyone,

    I'm very concerned about one of my geckos. I have 4 total... 2 adults and 2 juveniles that are probably around 10 months old. My 2 adults are housed differently from the other 2 and are very healthy. Last week I noticed that one of my juvies tails was getting thinner and I was worried she wasn't eating her mealworms. I bought some freeze dried mealworms and leopard gecko food at the petstore in hopes she might try that.

    Yesterday I noticed she wasn't looking any better and so I set up a completely different tank for her and put her in her new home (she is doing fine so far... I'm going to buy her crickets today). Meanwhile, I started hearing a screeching noise coming from the original juvie tank and my other leo was having a seizure! His mouth was gaping open and he kept screeching and twitching continously. This lasted for about a minute and then he started hobbling around the cage, but in no way a normal manner. Eventually he settled down in one spot and stayed there. This morning he is no longer twitching but is very limp. He is still alive, I can see him breathing... his eyes are open, but I'm afraid he is going to die.

    I looked online for awhile for the causes of seizures - I saw many - but my main concern is that the freeze dried mealworms may have caused an impacation - have you ever heard of this? I feel absolutely horrible about all of this, but since my 2 adults are very healthy I'm not sure if it is something I did or if they are just 2 unhealthy geckos. I purchased them both from +++++ last February (I know... I won't do that again!) and I'm almost wondering if they both just have parasites or were bred badly - I've heard a lot of pet stores sell unhealthy lizards.

    If anyone can help me out please let me know. My reptile vet isn't in until Monday and even then I'm not sure the juvie with the seizure is going to survive. Thanks so much!

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    Are you giving them calcium? Low calcium levels can cause twitches and spasms.
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    Yes, they have lots of calcium. So, that's not it. The leo that was having the seizures has a very fat tail... so I'm thinking he's healthy nutritional wise?

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    Seizures are usually from some kind of neurological issue. Severe pain could cause what you are describing. I don't know if feeding freeze-dried crickets could cause impaction, but I suppose it's possible since there is no moisture in them.

    I wish I could tell you more. All you can do is make sure the gecko's environmental needs are met and wait. How scary!

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    I bought my 6 yr old a pet store gecko that was seen by a herpatologist for seizures. He was given medication to treat an unknown & most likely bacterial infection. The seizures got worse & were like you are describing with the horrible screeching, biting, twitching & collapse. He would appear to be dead for a up to hours. I made the mistake of bringing him back to the pet store. Many people here told me later that he might have pulled through if I stuck with treating him (and that the pet store most likely put him in a freezer).

    Learn from my mistake & take him to your vet. Good luck!
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    Thank you all for your advice - I just got home from buying fresh mealworms and crickets (ones that are alive haha) and I checked on my baby gecko and I am not even sure he is alive. His eyes are closed and he's very still but I hate to move him in case he is doing what moosassah described above and is indeed still alive but may have an infection. I guess all I can do is wait, but if he is still alive on Monday I will definetely take him to the vet ASAP. I'll keep you all updated - thanks again!

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    that is horrible, i am sorry.

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    I'm sorry. I know it's really hard to be as helpless as you feel right now. I hope your lil guy pulls through.
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    I have never had that happen to me. but I am very sorry. My geckos i bought a year in a half ago got sick in march, very fast. I took them to the vet, and I was devistated. My dad and boyfriend helped me threw it. And my little gecko that was 50 grams and dropped to 25 in a week is not 85 grams and my biggest female. So a vet may be able to help. Its all worth it in the end. Just stick it out. Best of luck!

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    My gecko passed away this morning. I wish I knew what was wrong with him and I hope that my other baby makes it. I haven't seen her eat yet. I'm almost wondering since I bought those 2 together from +++++ if the clutch they were from wasn't infested with parasites or some kind of bacterial infection.

    If I get more Leos soon I'm definetely going to purchase them from a reliable pet store or from a breeder and make 100% sure they are healthy geckos. I didn't like going through this, but I'm very thankful my 2 adults are still healthy and happy - it doesn't make me feel like such a bad mom!

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