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10-11-2015, 01:51 AM #1
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PLEASE HELP! Crestie eating fake plants, or parasites?!
Hi guys, I need your help please! I apologize ahead of time for the poo pics.
Came home tonight and saw this feces [photo 1] in my crestie's tank. As you can see, it's got what looks like a long string in it - I immediately worried about parasites because he's been losing weight/looking dehydrated despite good humidity and obvious feeding marks in his repashy, and he's been especially spazzy when held lately, to the point that I've been holding him a lot less.
I removed the feces and carefully rinsed the "string". The "string" is hard and honestly looks like plastic, and it's a light green. Upon further visual inspection it matches the colour, texture, and thickness of his MagNaturals fake plant! It's really hard like plastic, and only snapped once I pulled pretty hard on either end of it [photo 2 & 3].
Have you ever had a crestie eat his fake plants?! None of the leaves are torn and the only thing I can think he would eat (that matches the poop) is the frilly bit! [photo 4].
Housing: he lives in a 12x12x18 ExoTerra duplex, of sorts. I've divided it vertically and housed 1 crestie on either side for the past 9 months. If this is parasites, I will separate them properly because as it stands they could infect each other. Substrate is paper towel. Hides are cork and magnaturals, decor is MagNaturals fake plants.
Age: juvenile, 10 months old and healthy size/weight
Diet: misted twice daily, water bowl always available, humidity in the 80's, fed repashy CGD three times per week. His last cricket was over a month ago, same with the other crestie. I offered them each a smidge of banana last week but it went untouched by both (it wasn't quite ripe enough and even I didn't want to eat it...so I'm not taking their distaste personally )
Temp: averages in low to mid 70's in the day, high 60s on a cold night. This is achieved using a daylight for 12hrs/day.
PLEASE help me figure out what to do to make my crestie healthy again! He's been hiding on the ground and REALLY dark! This is unlike him.
10-13-2015, 11:36 AM #2
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I would separate them now, to be on the safe side. Put each of them in a sauna/bath. (Small Tupperware dish, with holes pieced into the lid. Place paper towel inside and soak with ROOM TEMPURATURE water. Place your gecko inside for 15 minutes or so, and do not leave them unattended.) This can help the gecko hydrate. Then weigh each of your animals to track their losses or gains from here on in.
It is possible that you Crestie attacked the branch's maybe seeing a shadow. This is common behavior for Cresties that are fed live food in there enclosures.
Of course the fact that they haven't had any crickets in a few weeks, leads to believe there weren't any in the enclosure.
Try not to handle your animals often to at all for a little bit, unless otherwise necessary. Take out those Magnatural branches to eliminate the chances of a repeat situation.
Add more cork-bark to make them feel secure, with the lack of foliage. Feed your Cresties on a regular schedule and offer dusted crickets once a week to build up mass.
After one week if weights are decreasing and or if you notice any other strange behavior before one weeks time, I suggest taking your animals to a vet.
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