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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-15-2008, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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tongue question, please help

hey, i was wondering - as i watched my new leopard gecko(Dax) eating and drinking, i realized he never used his tongue. he doesn't use it to drink the water or to help with the food. i've watched my other leos and they're tongues are used all the time. Dax does eat, but he drops his food alot and has to keep trying before he gets it. when he drinks, he puts his whole mouth in the dish. now i have have pure calcium in the tank with him all the time and his food is supplemented. is it possible it's a birth defect, perhaps his tongue never fully developed? even with his hard time eating, he does eat alot and poop fine - he looks healthy, his eyes look good and his nose is clear and clean. when i got him, i was told he eats good and that he ate crickets. I've given crickets (haven't seen him touch'm usually have to take them out), mealworms (he drops them alot, but ends up getting them) and superworms (a good amount of trouble catching and keeping them in his mouth, but when he's persistant gets'm).
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have you looked in his mouth to make sure everything looks ok, even if its deformed it could be ok if he is eatting, but if there are stringy stuff or redness then it could be a health issue. other wise it should be ok. Maybe you could help him eat crickets or other worms

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That does sound weird. I've had snakes get fungal infections in their mouths, if they aren't treated soon, and well, it can be a serious issue. ...possibly life threatening. It sounds like whatever is going on is affecting his eating, now would be the time to have him looked at by a good vet that is familiar with exotics.

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