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Leopard Gecko Dropped Tail

November 16th 2008 02:02
Leopard geckos are one of the better beginner reptiles that you can have as a pet. These guys are relatively small and docile, which means they are managable and handlable. Although, I wouldn't recommend giving your 5 year old a leopard gecko and leaving the 5 year old all responsibility of caring for the gecko, this reptile species is the better one that you would want to consider for hte 5 year old... All with adult supervision...

Well, the one thing that you want to consider when caring for leopard geckos as pets is that they can drop their tails when frightened or stressed.

For the most part, reptiles can and will drop their tails as a defense mechanism in the wild. When a predator tries to scoop them up, they can drop their tail to confuse the predator while the reptile runs off, leaving the tail behind to wiggle around.


Well, although the biggest concern and predator in captivity is going to be a cat who can sneak his way into the enclosure or maybe a dog who runs after the gecko as you're trying to get it out of its enclsure, that doesn't mean that they have stopped the ability to drop their tails.

You'll find that younger leopard geckos will drop their tails more often than an adult leopard gecko. You will also find that sick leopard geckos will drop their tails more frequently than a healthy leopard gecko.

If your leopard gecko drops its tail there are a few things that you want to do. The first being remove any loose substrate that can infect the open wound, and then make sure to separate the gecko from any other geckos that you may have housed with the gecko who has lost its tail.

The tail will grow back, but it will not grow back as pretty as the original tail.


Leopard gecko on the left has a regrown tail, and the gecko on the right has its original tail.
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