Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Do gargoyles have an odor ?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan
    Posts
    10
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Do gargoyles have an odor ?

    I recently got my first gargoyle. I've noticed his tank always smells bad. Almost like cat pee. The cage is clean and I use all the same stuff in it as my cresties cages and they don't have this smell. He seems heathy, eating and had a shed recently. Could it be him that smells so bad ?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    East-central Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,359
    Thanks
    503
    Thanked 217 Times in 204 Posts

    Default

    Nope, they shouldn't smell. Was it a new or used tank when you got it? Do you have a bioactive setup, or use fake plants?
    Eileen
    TAD (Tiny Ancient Dinosaur) - Yellow flame dash pinstripe crestie 1.0.0
    Hygge, aka TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Brown reticulated gargoyle 0.0.1
    Rody Jane - Cattledog/stinkwad mix 0.1.0
    Dixie Moonpie - Rattledog 0.1.0
    Ancient barn cats - 3.0.0

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Berkshire, England
    Posts
    368
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts

    Default

    Hi like Tad says check your tank & equipment first.
    Don't know if you have a exo terra type tank if yes & was second hand sometimes the backing needs replacing or removing.
    What do u have on the floor of your tank?
    If kitchen roll or reptile carpet this should be changed quite frequently.
    Do you know if you gargoyle is male or female?
    I have noticed that the males urine does seem to smell a little.
    Not sure if this is just the case with all males???
    However I do change their carpet weekly otherwise I would be concerned that they might start to smell in the warmer weather.
    Ace Gargoyles
    Gargoyle geckos. 2.4.0
    Chahoua. 1.1.0

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan
    Posts
    10
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Ok guys so the tank isn't new Ive used it previously. I cleaned it well before I set it up for him. No live plants just fake. Tank is an exo terra but does not have a backing. I'm not 100% sure of sex ( he is 12g ) starting to look like a male to me. I use Reptisoil for bottom of tank. I use it in my other 2 tanks as well and they don't smell.
    When I got him he came with a branch decorations thing. I'm thinking maybe it's that. The home I rescued him from was a nasty dirty dirty place. I just took it out of the tank, cleaned up some poo and stirred up the dirt a little. Let's hope I found the cause of the smell. Thank you for your help !

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Chylo75 For This Useful Post:

    TAD (06-17-2017)

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Berkshire, England
    Posts
    368
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts

    Default

    Let's hope so. Strange things can harbour smells.
    I had a nearly nice ledge that I got in a second hand tank
    However within a week As nice as it was it had to go as it was stinking the viv out & cleaning it made on difference as the material it was made of had lost its waterproof coating & was holding smells within it.
    Ace Gargoyles
    Gargoyle geckos. 2.4.0
    Chahoua. 1.1.0

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to AceGargoyles For This Useful Post:

    Chylo75 (06-18-2017)

  8. #6
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan
    Posts
    10
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    The smell is still there !
    So I just removed all the soil, cleaned the plants and removed his food. I put paper towel in the bottom for now.
    Curious if I can continue to use paper towel. Is this ok for a 12 ish gram gargoyle? Do people use it even for adults or do I want to go back to soil once I get rid of the smell ?

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    East-central Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,359
    Thanks
    503
    Thanked 217 Times in 204 Posts

    Default

    I'll be using paper towel for my adults. It's just easier for me, and doesn't bother them.
    Eileen
    TAD (Tiny Ancient Dinosaur) - Yellow flame dash pinstripe crestie 1.0.0
    Hygge, aka TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Brown reticulated gargoyle 0.0.1
    Rody Jane - Cattledog/stinkwad mix 0.1.0
    Dixie Moonpie - Rattledog 0.1.0
    Ancient barn cats - 3.0.0

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to TAD For This Useful Post:

    Chylo75 (06-19-2017)

  11. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Berkshire, England
    Posts
    368
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts

    Default

    Just a thought if he came from a right dive do u think he might have urine soaked on his skin?? Is it worth trying a sauna as you would for stuck shed to see if this might freshen him up??
    If it you find you can not identify the source of the smell by ruling out objects the tank.
    Does he seem well in himself ??
    not sure if geckos can get I urine infections but in most of animals (yes I know we're talking reptiles here) one sign of urine infection is smelly urine so it could be a possibility if you run out of ideas as to the source. That might require a visit to the vets to have that confirmed.
    Ace Gargoyles
    Gargoyle geckos. 2.4.0
    Chahoua. 1.1.0

  12. #9
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Saskatoon Saskatchewan
    Posts
    10
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    I'm really starting to think it's him ��
    He seems healthy . Looks good and is a great eater. I'll try to get a hold of him tonight and smell him. He is very nervous and hard to catch. I've only held him twice for about 30 seconds.
    How do I do the sauna as I've never had to do it ? He just had a shed 2 weeks ago and it seemed to go well.

  13. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Berkshire, England
    Posts
    368
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 68 Times in 63 Posts

    Default

    Hi if you Google gecko Sauna you will find lots of helpful step by step instructions on utube but it's a really simple thing to do.
    Found a previous post by Crestifu
    Double Helix Geckos
    I hope they don't mind me 're posting their simple instructions.
    By Crestifu
    For stuck shed or fingerpainting:

    1. Get a deli cup or small tupperware (with pinholes for breathing)
    2. Line the bottom with paper towel.
    3. Add in a thin layer of room temperature water so it can slosh a hair above the paper towel but not be a risk for drowning.
    4. Add gecko and let sit (supervised) for about 15 minutes
    5. Remove gecko and gently work at stuck shed/dirty areas with damp q-tip.
    Dedicated to the health, quality, and genetic diversity of Crested Geckos (Correlophus ciliatus)
    DoubleHelixGeckos.com
    Facebook Page
    iHerp Page

    Obviously as his issue isn't stuck shed you don't need to try to get his shed off but should help freshen him up a little.
    Good luck
    Ace Gargoyles
    Gargoyle geckos. 2.4.0
    Chahoua. 1.1.0

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to AceGargoyles For This Useful Post:

    Chylo75 (06-19-2017)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •