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    Hello! I have been raising and breeding geckoes for a good while now, my mother has done the same.

    Lately, in my tank (Shown down there) I've had three geckoes, one male and two females.
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    This evening I stepped in to look upon my geckoes as I always do and noticed the male was suddenly very VERY skinny and was in a strange position. Please note I feed my geckoes pangea fruit mix and I mist daily sometimes even twice, i also leave them a small dish of water.

    (Here is the food i feed them)
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    The gecko male died shortly after I found him, which shocked me since he was looking completely fine the day before, he was not fat by any means but far from skinny because when I got him a month and a half ago, he was sick and I nursed him back to health (Calcium deficiency it looked like).
    The two other females in the tank are absolutely fine.

    (Here is the deceased gecko, faint of heart, please look away, this is quite sad, please note he looked fine and much fatter the day before. Also, I know he had shed on his feet, i gave him regular sauna baths)
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    (We found some substance on his lips, we dont think its anything he could have eaten, we dont have anything else but the food.)

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    Please help me figure out this mystery death, I don't want my other geckoes to fall to the same fate!

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    He could have been bullied out of food by the females and I would not have kept 3 geckos in that small of an enclosure. I would keep an eye on the two females, add another food dish and add more plants for them to hide in. Monitor the temperatures on the screen lid so that they do not burn themselves. Without a necropsy, you may never know how he died.

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    Thank you Jess Johnson, I appreciate the quick reply.

    I will take your advice and add more food and look into getting more plants for them to hide..
    Still the mystery persists, how did he die..?

    It IS possible that the females have bullied him out of food.

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    It could be possible if there was a weight difference between the male and females, these are not a communal species of gecko, they prefer to be alone. Dehydration could be a factor if the enclosure was drying out too quickly between mistings, lack of food, you said he could have had MBD but there could have been something else going on. Only a necropsy(autopsy) can tell you the exact reason.

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    I agree with everything said above. He could've been bullied by the 2 females out of eating and that tank is very small for a trio and has barley any places for the geckos to get away from each other, with my breeding trio I have 2 separate feeding stations, one for my male and one for my 2 females and they all get enough to eat. I'm sorry for your loss
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    Agreed with others that that tank is very bare for one gecko, let alone 3 I would add at least 2 nice big branches for climbing, and lots more leaf cover. Also, what kind of light is on top? If it's a light that brings up the temperatures, it could have caused dehydration and stress.

    We can only make guesses and let you know what to fix re: your husbandry.

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