While crested geckos don’t normally have a lot of issues, they like every other animal and pet have a set of common issues that you need to be on the lookout for and that you need to watch for.
This isn’t a normal condition and this usually doesn’t happen when they’re kept in a home or in a private place but it can still happen. These are a complication that not many owners report having but it’s still very possible so you need to be educated on what to do just in case it does happen. The first place that you’re going to notice them is around eyes of the Gecko and some people say they notice them around the corners of their mouth.
The best way to describe them is that they’re very small, they’re round in shape and they’re usually brown or black. They look very ugly and are unpleasant for both you and the Gecko. The good news is that before they do any kind of damage, they can be treated easily because there are numerous products out there to treat for mites. This isn’t life threatening commonly and can be treated relatively quickly. Your veterinarian will more than likely be able to recommend you a product for this sole purpose.
The bad news is that while these things are killed quickly, eggs from mites hatch on a daily basis. That’s right, eggs will hatch every single day if you do nothing about it and depending on how many mites has infected the Gecko, it can take up to a month to fix. For owners that have more than one Gecko and if you suspect that one of your Geckos have it, separate them immediately and don’t risk infection to the other Gecko from the infected one.
This affects owners that have their Geckos on natural substrate. If you happen to be keeping your Geckos on any substrate that’s completely natural and you’re feeding them insects off of it, there’s a small chance that your Gecko could ingest or eat some of the substrate. This usually doesn’t happen and usually isn’t a cause for concern as it’s only small quantities but however, large quantities on the other hand are another story.
What happens is, some of the substrate may go to its intestine which may prove to be fatal if you don’t get the infected Gecko to a vet immediately.
One of the most common effects (and this is why so many people praise vitamins/gut loading) is a deficiency in a very essential vitamin called Calcium. Usually this is accompanied by a growth disease known as Metabolic Bone Disease. The growth rate will obviously be affected as well and you will notice that the Gecko is growing slower than usual.
Some of the most common signs of a deficiency are twitching legs or twitching toes. This is uncontrolled and isn’t caused by the Gecko, it’s because they have a deficiency. You may also notice some less common signs such as their tail starting to kink or their jaw is starting to flop down. If you do notice this, make sure to include some calcium in their diet right away. Introduce an efficient amount of Calcium into the Gecko’s diet right away if you suspect this is happening.
One of the common and parasitic things you need to watch out for is called Internal Parasites.
These usually can’t be treated at home by any at home remedy and they need to be diagnosed and treated by a trained veterinarian. These can be fatal over time if they go untreated, which is why it’s important to know if your Gecko has Entameoba Invadens. They’re a very common parasite that is fatal in some Geckos but not a lot of them get them. There are other parasites as well, but if you suspect something is off about your Gecko, take it to a local veterinarian and have them checked immediately.