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Hello, I have a male Mediterranean house gecko, he is in the same tank as a female, he's lost a lost of weight to the point I can see his back bone I feed the both regularly and there is no problem with the female, the male has lost weight and also lost a lot of his colour, he seems to be lacking in energy and sheds a lot of skin I remove the the skin what has come off out of the tank, it's starting to worry me that he is dying, is there any advice you could give me? Many thanks.


I am sorry to hear that your gecko is ill. It is difficult for me to advise you specifically because I don't know the particulars of his caging, temperature, lighting, humidity, diet or supplementation. How old is your gecko? Is he eating? Is it possible that the female is being aggressive and not allowing him to eat?
If you can provide me with all the the information about their living conditions, I might be more able to help you answer your question.



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Jennifer C Parnell


I can answer questions about health, diet, behavior, housing requirements, common illnesses, and general husbandry of most reptiles. My answers are not a substitute for veterinary care. If I don't feel confident about answering your question, I can generally point you to someone who can answer it, or advise you to seek veterinary help.


My father is a licensed veterinarian for 40+ years. He specialties include venomous American snakes, reptiles, rodents, primates, dogs, cats, goats, geese. I grew up assisting him and have always maintained rescued, injured, or unwanted reptiles. I'm familiar with snakes, most common lizards, turtles, terrapins and tortoises. I'm also familiar with Bearded Dragons and currently have several.

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