Reptiles/leopard gecko


My Gecko got out of his enclosure a few WEEKS ago. The entire family looked for him. We finally found him this morning and his tail has been cut, not completely off, but looks really bad. He is also very wild acting now. We caught him and returned him to his aquarium and he went straight to his home. Giving him food and water but I am wondering what to do. Everyone is afraid of him now and if he is wild i do not know what to do with him.....

Hello Zach,

Oh that is too bad!  Does it look like he is going to lose his tail?  They do regenerate the tails though.  
I think that he will eventually calm down but with him getting out he enjoyed his freedom quite a bit.  
You can use some antibiotic ointment on his tail to help with infection if it is looking infected.
Is he eating anything on his own right now
Keep trying to handle him daily so he gets used to you again & wont be afraid of you.

Do you have any pictures of him?



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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