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    hi, this is Firestar, my female i've had for almost two years. i ordered her online from someone, (not on here). she has always been a concern. although she has excellent calcium sacs, i have not been able to correct the base-of-the-tail curve, or the kink at the bottom of the tail. she has had different problems along the way. i have never bred her, have always kept her alone because i have been concerned about her health.. she eats cgd 2part, and dusted crickets when i feed them, and she eats calci worms. MOSTLY cgd. those are the only foods i feed her. ever. my concern right now is that she seems filled with eggs. she is very bloated. you can see the eggs. (remember, i have had her since june of 07. she has never been with a male here.) she was gravid when she came, and i have 3 offspring from those eggs. anyway, here are some photos i took, and i would greatly appreciate some feedback on how to help her. THANKS!















    she has been 38 grams recently, but i have not weighed her in a while. I'll check and get back with you. THANKS!
    EDIT: yikes... i weighed her and she's lost weight... 28 grams. i just recently fed the E-fix... am getting ready to do the N-fix, not sure what to do. I'll move her to a smaller cage where i can watch her. ?
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    I wish I could help! Just offering a little support here. My female laid several duds before she'd ever been with a male, I think they're just programmed to lay.

    Can you take her to a herp vet? I *think* the only fix for being eggbound is surgery. I hope I am wrong here. Please keep us posted!

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    I've never dealt with an egg bound gecko before so I can't offer a ton of advice. I do have one question, though... what temps do you keep her at? If she is around 70 degrees, maybe try increasing her temps up to around 75. Since they breed/lay in spring and summer and generally stop during the winter, maybe a slow increase in temps could encourage her to lay if she is intentionally holding back her eggs.
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    I recently tried to save an eggbound female I found at a local petstore. 16 undeveloped eggs were surgically removed from her 18g body. Although she fared well for about a couple of weeks afterwards, she didn't make it when she stopped eating. Now, don't lose hope, because this gecko that I was working with was severely malnourished to the point of starvation. Yours looks healthy besides the eggbound nature. I think surgery is your best chance. The eggs are probably undeveloped and have hardened into kernel like structures that can not easily be passed.

    This a picture of the eggs which were removed from the poor little female I tried to save:


    Good luck for you and your gecko! She's a pretty one. I think she is quite capable of being saved. Hope all goes well for you.

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    thanks so much for your replies! ShadowKorin, that photo is amazing! when i look at her abdomen, it looks like two formed eggs... does egg binding cause lack of appetite? i am concerned that she has lost weight. i will call our vet... yikes, i hope they know what they're doing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsdsad View Post
    I've never dealt with an egg bound gecko before so I can't offer a ton of advice. I do have one question, though... what temps do you keep her at? If she is around 70 degrees, maybe try increasing her temps up to around 75. Since they breed/lay in spring and summer and generally stop during the winter, maybe a slow increase in temps could encourage her to lay if she is intentionally holding back her eggs.
    i hadn't thought of the temp thing regarding laying! she is right at 69-70 degrees. i will up those temps. can egg binding cause loss of appetite? thanks,
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    My question to you, is how long have you noticed she had eggs? I know last season when my girls were thin,normal, they showed eggs a couple of weeks before they layed. Humm thinking about it, it was also much warmer. 75-80. I would think also being a cold blooded, that the eggs would take longer to develop, this season, the girl that use to be every three weeks, is once a month. but the temp is more in the low 70's. Upping the temperature sounds like a very good plan.

    One of my girls last season also was not eating, it was her first breeding season and I had to hand feed her until fall! luckly this season she is a happy fatty and I don't have to do any thing.
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    Have you tried a warm sauna soak? Sometimes that can help encourage things. When was the last time she actually laid?
    I hear that yes, they can lose appetite from being eggbound, and one of my girls stops eating about two days before she lays her eggs.

    I would try the warm soak and make a vet appointment as well.
    Also, Metronidazole can be hard on developing embryos, so if she had the E fix while gravid, the embryos may have died or deformed in the eggs inside her????
    (Just thinking this is a possibility)

    Have you had a fecal run on her since she's been with you?
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    I'm sorry I have no helpful advise, but I wish you and her the best of luck. Please keep us updated.

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    Poor thing. I hope she lays for you. Does she dig around in the lay box at all? I'd like to see if increasing the temperature has done anything. ::sending good thoughts::

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