I have recently come across a friend of mine who keeps one male crested geckos. We have been emailing back and fourth for a while about him. Recently, he began to gape in a very scary fashion.
Here is the most recent message she sent me, so you can get the idea of what is going on.
Well, i kept a pretty good eye on the gecko this weekend and he was fine late at night after the cats get put in their room for the night. So, i took this picture tonight when he came out after the cat started stalking him. He is one terrified gecko in my opinion. I have nowhere to put him. I already have a dove in the front room and my rats. It gets way too hot in there for the gecko with two big 5 foot windows in there, even with heavy duty window tint. I have nowhere to put him that the cat cannot get to him. So, I was wondering if you would take him. I feel so bad that he is being persecuted and terrorized by the cat. He would of course be free, and come with his habitat (20 long tank and his cage topper). At this point I know I am not doing the right thing by keeping him. I hate to advertise. I worry that he will go to a home that doesn't know how to properly care for reptiles. I know that you do. So please let me know if you are able to give him a home.
I was thinking her cat was scaring the gecko at first, so I showed her a couple photos of geckos doing the little defensive pose. She says the gaping is similar but not the legs, and in the picture below you will notice some tail kinking.. which leads me to believe MBD is in play here. He was fed baby food - he will not take CGD (oh boy, this will be fun.)
Well, here is the picture.
As you can see, the cat is in the picture, the gecko is doing the gaping pose, but I'd rather not assume the cat is the problem when it could be something else.. even though the evidence points at the cats as being the source of the problem.