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    What would sypmtoms of a bacterial infection look like?
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    I would get rid of the shoeboxes, get small kritter keepers. I know I remember someone using shoeboxes before and they had babies dropping dead.

    You might ask Dr. Alan if you can send him the dead gecko for a neocropsy?
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    OK, ordered kritter keepers from LLL. Too late for necropsy on these guys. Hopefully won't happen again but if so full pathology is necessary.
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    A necropsy might not provide any insight, unfortunately.

    Side note: Personally, I prefer shoebox containers with a minimun number of airholes (3-5 on each of the four sides, no holes on the top or bottom) to Kritter Keepers, especially during the first month or three. Possibly because my home is exceptionally dry, when I used KKs, even in a Doug Barr specially designed rack for hatchlings, the geckos had shedding problems even with twice a day misting. Using shoebox containers with paper towel/newspaper substrates this has not been an issue. Obviously these can become too wet, but changing out a wet newspaper substrate doesn't take long, and to the best of my knowledge, I have not had any unexplained neonate deaths.

    I have had a couple of juvies drown in water containers. I was using little plastic tubs that applesauce and pudding come in and the sides were apparently too steep. When I switched to 1" high ceramic dishes, the problem ceased.
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    Just as well, my vet says chances of getting clean samples from a 7g baby are not good anyway.

    I think that the vent holes that I do have there are being blocked by the stack of containers next to them. I think I need to rearrange my room to increase the airflow. I think I will continue to keep the hatchlings in shoeboxes and move them to KK's when they hit like 5-7 grams.

    My biggest worry is contagious disease. I have 55 geckos in that room and 54 eggs. Does this sound like any pathogen anyone has heard of? I guess having so many, there is occasionally going to be a death but back to back like this worries me!

    Thank you all for your input, I really appreciate it. Keep the suggestions coming. I can't keep losing these guys.
    Suzanne
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