Reptiles/LEOPARD GECKO

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WE HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF LEOPARD GECKOS FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF. BUT THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS OUR LITTLE PINK ONE HAS STARTED TO LOOK FUNNY. IT IS LOOKING LIKE IT GOT SMASHED. BETWEEN THE FRONT SHOULDER BLADES THE BODY HAS GOTTEN FLAT. IT STILL EATS GOOD, AND IS FED POWDERED CRICKETS. CAN IT BE A DEFICIANCY, OR DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT WE MIGHT BE LOOKING AT

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Hello Tawny,

Do you have any pictures of your gecko along with your setup?
It sounds like he may have metabolic bone disease possibly but need to see pictures.  
How much calcium powder does he get on the crickets & how often do you feed the powdered calcium for him?  How many crickets does he eat at a time?

Are you using a UVB light for him?

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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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.

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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.

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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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