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My gecko Rex has his eyes closed and is not moving at all. It's November and when I touched him he wouldn't wake. Is he hibernating or is he dead.

Hello Jaleb,

I hope that he has not passed!  Have you gotten any response out of him at all yet today?
Are his eyes sunken in?
How old is Rex?  
They can brumate but, he should be able to be roused somewhat easily.  Keep trying.  Maybe see if you can place him in some warm water that is shallow, to see if he will awaken.

Let me know how things are going.



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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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