The Leopard Gecko is a very amazing animal. Gecko’s can drop or have their tails cut but can grow it to a new one. It is one of their defense mechanism to drop their tail whenever they are threatened or somebody tends to grab their tail. Their dropped tail will actually jiggle on the ground and will distract their predators to allow them to escape in time while their enemy is left only with the gecko’s tail.
Why do geckos drop their tail?
There are many reasons why geckos drop their tails. Not only by grabbing or by being threatened. Tail loss can much more happen on juvenile geckos. The reasons why they loss their tails are by their tails are being grabbed by their handlers, Being bullied by other geckos specially to males, experiencing stress, being in fear, having some illness or infections
This kind of leopard gecko tail loss is a type of defense known as autonomy. So you don’t have to go panic if it happens to your leopard gecko. They have special connected tissue on their tails that can create a weak spot which their tails can break off readily and separating it to their body. If a leopard gecko drops its tail, the blood vessel on its tail will contract to lessen the blood loss on its tail. Leopard Geckos will grow a new tail eventually but it would appear different from the original tail that they have.
Another reason for a leopard gecko tail loss is their shedding process. Retained skin might the circulation of the blood making your gecko’s tail to decay and drop. So as often as possible you should check your geckos after their shedding process. Try to remove the retained skin to avoid them from dropping their tails.
A leopard gecko tail loss needs the gecko to be given a special care to keep them in good health and away from illnesses and infections. If you do have many leopard geckos in a tank, try to separate the one with a dropped tail and place it in another leopard gecko terrarium to keep it away from being attacked by its fellow gecko. Also keep the tank on a high temperature and give them plenty of water and food on their healing process.
There are some things that you can do to help on a leopard gecko tail loss. This is to make sure that your gecko is on the process of growing a new tail and making it grow smoothly on the process.
First thing to do is use a paper towels as substrate. Loose substrate can get into the wound and can make your gecko get infected while they are on the process of growing their tails. Change the substrate into paper towels until you see the tail of your gecko has properly grown. Isolate the one experiencing a leopard gecko tail loss from the other as they may attack the gecko who has its tail dropped. Check the temperature and humidity and make sure that it is an ideal place for your gecko to stay. Lastly, make sure that your gecko is well fed. You can increase the amount of food that you are giving to your gecko since a leopard gecko tail loss is very stressful.