Leopard Gecko Tail Regrowth – Healthy Or Unhealthy
Amazingly leopard geckos, and many other little lizards have evolved over many years to be able to detach their tails on demand, as a means of defence. Yes, that’s right, leopard geckos purposely make their tails fall off in the event that a predator latches onto them. This incredible feature may well save a geckos life more than once over. But what happens with leopard gecko tail regrowth?
As a leopard gecko owner, you should know what to do in the event of this ever happening.
First of all, you should probably ask yourself, what are the possible reasons why the tail has fallen off. Answering this question will give you the ability to avoid this happening again in the future.
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Tail regrowth and possible reasons why your leopard geckos tail has fallen off
This is most likely the common reason why a leopard gecko detach its tail. Many new gecko owners will usually forget that a leopard tail can detach, so they’re not always thinking about the consequences of handling their pet correctly. Leopard geckos are fast, and curious, so this pairing makes for an inquisitive reptile.
Leopard geckos take a while to gain the trust of a human so handling can be very stressful for them. Commonly a leopard gecko will try to evade being handled at first, however this is where the problems can start.
As a leopard gecko tries to flee, and run away, many new owners will try to stop them by grabbing them, just like a predator would. Obviously a leopard gecko doesn’t know that you are of no harm to them, so they will naturally be scared. In an attempt to catch your gecko when it is running away, you will most likely cause its tail to fall off.
It has become stuck
You should know by now that a leopard geckos tail is very fat. Almost the size of its body. So you can understand why sometimes it may get stuck, specially in a new enclosure, or an enclosure which has just been re-furnished.
Keep this in mind when you are filling your enclosure with hides, rocks and climbing apparatus. A leopard geckos will enjoy climbing over, under and through its apparatus, so make sure there is enough room for them to freely pass through.
Be sure to place the furniture well enough apart so that there is no chance of your gecko becoming stuck or wedges between something. Leopard geckos can detach their tails at any time, so it doesn’t need to be a treat from a predator all the time. Sometimes it can be as a mean to free itself from a position where they have become stuck.
The tail has become infected
Lastly, if you are quite confident the first two points have been avoided, and there is no way either of them could be the reason for your geckos tail falling off, then perhaps it could be due to an infection.
There are a number of infections which can lead to a gecko tail falling off. Infection such as “stick tail” and “tail rot” are just a couple of the more common tail infections. These infections can cause a lot of pain for a leopard gecko and no doubt a lot of stress also. These infects can be treated if caught early, however if the tail has fallen off then you haven’t noticed it soon enough.
I would suggest to stick take your gecko to a veterinarian and explain what has happened. They may offer some antibiotics to help cure the infection and have a better chance of a healthier tail to regrow after.