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Hello, I have a leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) female. She lives in a 65x35x31 (lenght x heihgt x width) terrarium, the substrate is sea pebbles (bigger size than her head), humidity is about 60-70%, there is a 15w heating stone for her to bask the temperature of the stone is about 30C,the surrounding temperature is 22C at day and 19C at night, no lighting. Vet history unknown. Food offered: crickets, superworms. I feed her one sometimes two insects a day supplement food with NEKTON-MSA two times a week. Last time ate - today. Water is given in a reptile dish and is being changed every day. Last defecated - unknown. Captive bred. Shed last month. Living with a leopard gecko male. I bought her 6 months ago.She was already pregnant, I could see her eggs looking ar her belly. She has not laid a single egg yet, although, there is a laying site provided with a good layer of moist vermiculite. She has shown signs of digging, however no results. I have searched for help, however, there is no professional herp vet in my country. I have successfully kept and bred leopard geckos before. This is my first encounter with a female gecko not laying out eggs. Is there anything i can do?

Please convert your C readings to F.

Your humidity levels are also a bit high for a Leopard Gecko unless you are specifically speaking of the humid hides. Your ambient humidity needs to be more like 20-40% as these geckos mostly inhabit arid regions in the wild.

Your geckos need lighting. I don't care what other less experienced and knowledgeable hobby keepers tell you. Leopard Geckos need UVB and basking lighting as well. This has been shown in research papers on the Leopard Gecko.

Superworms are extremely fatty, pose an impaction risk, are high in chitin which slows digestive transit, and are not very nutritious feeders overall. I would recommend the smaller mealworms and a larger variety in the diet. This is not a very balanced and complete diet just using supers and crickets. Include also some waxworm, butterworm, or soldier fly larvae. Any of those are more nutritious and safer feeder items than superworms.

If this heating stone is electric powered, then lose it immediately. Those are extremely dangerous and are responsible for high rates of reptile thermal burns, shorted wires, etc. There should NEVER be any direct heat source in contact with your herp. EVER. Doubly so in winter because they are prone to lie on it excessively when they have a harder time maintaining POTZ. Use an undertank heat pad or ceramic heat emitter with overhead lighting.

If this female has been carrying eggs for 6 months and has not laid, then this is life threatening and she needs to see a vet, IMMEDIATELY, even if it's not a herp vet. See a bird vet and have her given vassopressin or oxytocin to induce laying. Otherwise, the eggs will (if they have been there 6 months then they are already) turn rancid and give her sepsis. She will die if she is egg bound and it is not treated and the eggs removed, and there is no way around that. A vet will can also confirm by xray if she is retaining eggs, and this need not be a herp vet. If they have the above meds, then they can obtain the formulary dosage with a quick websearch, and they can administer it just as well as a herp vet, or consult me for the correct dose.

This looks like she is gravid, but I cannot tell for sure from your photos as they are not in good enough focus. It could also be adipose tissue, but a vet and an xray is the best advice here. If she has been egg bound for very long, then you are wasting her time and putting her at further risk with home remedies that are just likely to fail or do more harm than good. I do this all the time, so I know.  


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