Generally, Tokay geckos do not suffer from health problems, but like other animals and pets, they have a set of common health issues that might need your attention.
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Tokay geckos simply love insects. Most of their diet is made of different insects. In the wild, they eat almost every bugs and insect they come across in their hunt at night, making them one of the best insectivorous hunters. However, in captivity, they cannot hunt their food and usually given mealworms and crickets. In their natural habitat they can hunt for a variety of insects to complement their nutritional needs, but in captivity they often end up getting the least nutrients from their staple food. (more…)
You’ll often hear or read about calcium deficiency and supplementation on the internet, forums, expos, and just anywhere where there are reptiles. And most likely, you yourself own a reptile – a Tokay gecko, and you’re wondering about calcium deficiency and supplementation and its effects on your pet. Calcium is an essential mineral that promotes proper bone growth and development in Tokay geckos and other animals. However, calcium may also cause health problems. Is calcium a friend or a foe then? Let’s find out…
Tokay Geckos can easily adapt in their environment and thrive well in captivity. Generally, Tokay geckos have little concern when it comes to health related issues given that you maintain a well balanced diet and an excellent environment for your Tokay gecko. But nonetheless, it’s still possible for illnesses, diseases, or injuries to happen. Listed below are common ailments and injuries that your Tokay gecko may suffer while in captivity and some of which may require immediate veterinary help.
Definition of Metabolic Bone Disease
The Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) is one of the most common health issues that affect most varieties of geckos. This condition has become very rampant in many countries including South Africa. Generally, metabolic bone disease refers to a wide range of bone problems that are associated with metabolic changes, such as hyperparathyroidism. Metabolic Bone Disease is a long-term chronic health issue which can cause the death of a Tokay gecko if not treated in the earliest time possible. Geckos that are deficient in calcium and vitamin D are likely to have MBD.
Metabolic bone disease (MBD) in geckos is a commonly seen nutritional disorder in this species. MBD is mainly caused by a chronic dietary deficiency caused by a lack of adequate amounts of calcium in the gecko's diet. In order to gain the calcium needed, the gecko will start to use the calcium in its bones. This results in the limbs of the gecko becoming distorted, tender and swollen. If your gecko is suffering from MBD I would advise you to visit your vet immediately.
In order to help prevent metabolic bone disease you must always add calcium to your geckos food. The recommended regimen is to add a calcium/ vitamin D mix 2-3 times per week for babies and only once per week for adults. But remember that too much calcium is also bad for your gecko and can lead to serious health problems.
Metabolic bone disease is a condition most commonly seen in young growing geckos. Common clinical signs include: softening of the bones, bone fractures, scoliosis (abnormal spine curvature), kyphosis, hyperreflexia, tetanic spasms, weakness, lethargy, anorexia (decreased appetite), constipation, and impaction.
A thorough history is most often enough to diagnose the condition. Additional tests include radiography and blood calcium level determination. After the diagnoses of MBD is made or even upon a high suspicion, it is recommended that therapy be started as soon as possible. The current treatment of choice resolves around calcium injections. Additional treatment might include fluid drips and tube feedings. MBD should always be diagnosed and treated by an experienced reptile veterinarian.