Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Plattsmouth, NE
An 8 month old leopard gecko isn't too terribly likely to be overweight. At that age, they're still eating as much as they want every day, and that's their normal food intake.
When you say 'waddling', what do you mean? I want to be sure you aren't describing a locomotion problem that could be a sign of a serious illness or nutritional deficiency.
Leopard geckos store fat in their tails. The gecko's tail would be wider than her body if she was overweight.
Yes, reptiles CAN become obese, and some species are more prone to it than others. Obesity can be an issue in bearded dragons, monitor lizards, many snakes, etc. It's less common in leopard geckos due to the way they store fat, and the fact that they are a desert species designed for extremes of food availability.
When it does occur, obesity is very dangerous for reptiles, as fat can collect in and on their organs, leading to death. The young of many reptiles are designed to take full advantage of available food to grow rapidly, and thus really can't become obese--adults, on the other hand, may. (There are exceptions--overfeeding young boa constrictors can lead to serious health problems, for example).
Last edited by WingedWolfPsion; 05-19-2012 at 09:40 PM.