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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 7 Dec 2011 06:11


I was just about to go to bed, and I looked in one of my Leopard Gecko Tanks and one of my females was all bloody in her lower half and the ornament she was sitting on is covered in blood as well.

Initially I wasn't sure where it was coming from, she's in a tank with 3 other girls, and thought maybe one of them got into a fight and ripped her leg open, but her legs are fine, and she got some tissue hanging out of her vent. I don't think it's a prolapse. I'm not sure if I can finish cleaning her up and pull the bit hanging out, or if I should just let her be?

I am very concerned about what to do for her.
My Leo is a "Chocolate Albino", which I think is really a "Bell's Albino", her name is "Cash" and she is around 1-1/2 to 2 years old.

I checked the lay box in the tank, and I found one egg. Last time I saw a Leo egg, was over a year ago, so I don't remember how big they are supposed to be and the texture. This egg was huge and the shell was very soft.
If the egg was viable, I ruined it as I wasn't looking for eggs, I was just re-moistening the coco-fiber(it was dry), and it got rolled around a few times and squished a bit.
I'm not sure who laid the egg, but I suspect it may have been Cash.

3 of the 4 girls in that tank used to belong to my buddy that was breeding (or trying to breed) Leos.

bschwinn
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# Posted: 7 Dec 2011 06:28


It could have been an over sized or odd shape egg, tearing tissue upon laying. Suggest isolation, no pulling out tissue, suggest applying Neosporin to the vent area, keep her off sand while medicating.

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 7 Dec 2011 14:29


Ok, thanks Bill.

I don't keep any of my animals on sand. My Leos are on Reptile Carpet.

Should I keep her more moist because of the exposed tissue? Or just keep applying the polysporin to it?

bschwinn
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# Posted: 7 Dec 2011 20:16


Maybe raise humidity, also try applying preparation -H to any tissue that is outside the body.

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 8 Dec 2011 14:40


Bill, do you think I should bring her to the vet? Because I'm not sure if my vet will be able to fix a torn vent.

I'm also worried that there is a second egg in there. I am going to candle her later to see if I can see anything.

I soaked her a second time, in warmer water yesterday, and she did a big poop in the water. Most of what came out was poop, and there was some bloody tissue bits in there as well. She did look like that there was more to poop out, so I'm going to try her on another bath today. I also put a bit of ZooMeds "Repti Wound Healing Aid" in the water. I'm not sure if it will help or not, but I figured it couldn't hurt, and there is Tea Tree Oil in it.

She is acting normal for the most part, she moves around, and she seems to be favoring the basking spot in the tank at the moment. I'm going to be feeding the critters today, so I will see if she's in the mood to eat.

Will this be a reoccurring problem for her? If she is going to be laying any more eggs, can I expect them all to be over sized? Or does this just happen sometimes?

Could the egg have ruptured inside her?

bschwinn
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# Posted: 8 Dec 2011 22:04


If I were to take an educated guess a vet would probably run a course of antibiotics and suggest a wait and see approach. This decision would have to be based on what you see as his cond, is. If an egg ruptured you should see yolk and albumen seep out.

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