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Purple discoloration on my crested geckos foot? Pics provided

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    I rescued this little guy yesterday and boy did he have a rough life. His vivarium was nasty and the water was literally covering the draining layer. Smelled like nasty creek water! Completely cleaned and sanitized with a new draining layer, substrate, background, and material (aside plants). He is also missing a leg sadly idk how it happened, but I also noticed this discoloration on his other front leg. Is that a scar??? He is under weight but that has to do with neglect. He eats like a camp and gets around like a crestie on 4 legs.

  • #2
    Good for you for taking this guy in.

    I have never seen anything like this. Did the previous owner put any kind of medicine on his leg?
    3.3.0 Correlophus ciliatus (crested geckos)


    • #3
      So what happened was the owner was going off to college and their parents contacted the reptarium I go too. They said he was a beautiful healthy gecko so someone drove got him brought him back and boom missing a leg, under fed, and what I am thinking a few scars. The foot moves great and there are no signs of puss or opening to the discoloration. I’ve just never seen that coloring on a crestie and thought it was a little odd!


      • #4
        It’s probably a scar. Hard to tell with the color scheme from the pictures. Would have to see in natural lighting


        • #5
          It looks like scarring however it is hard to tell with the lighting. Can we get a picture using natural indirect sunlight?
          lets just say I have a lot of stuff



          • #6
            I haven't seen that before either, but in that lighting, it looks like he might have some other lighter purple coloration as well...but the missing scales do suggest scarring on that leg. I would watch for swelling, or if that spot starts turning black, but if he's otherwise moving around fine and eating well, with a good diet he will probably recover, although he may never have scales in that spot.

            I would suggest asking a vet for some meds to put on it, to promote healing (nothing with oil in it!). Thanks for taking him and giving him a much better life!
            TAD "Tiny Ancient Dinosaur" (Crestie), Hidey (Garg), O.G. "Office Gecko" (Bauer's Chameleon gecko), TBD "Tiny Badass Dragon" (Western Bearded Anole), 3.1.0
            Rody Jane (cattledog/stinkwad mix), Dixie Moonpie (rattledog) George P-Dog (lab/Great Pyr) 1.2.0, Ringer (barn cat) 1.0.0