A leopard gecko tail drop is not as bad as it sounds or looks. Leopard geckos have a tail that is made for dropping as a defensive mechanism towards predators. Once a leopard gecko drops it’s tail, the blood vessels in the tail constrict, leaving little to no blood at all in the opening. With careful attention, care, and treatment, a leopard gecko can regrow it’s tail back successfully.
Why Do Leopard Geckos Drop Their Tail?
As mentioned earlier, leopard geckos use their tail as a defensive mechanism. The whole point of a leopard gecko dropping it’s tail is to distract it’s predator, while the gecko makes a quick getaway.
Leopard gecko’s may also drop their tail if they get into a fight with another leopard gecko in the same enclosure (usually involves two males).
Illness and infection are two other reasons why a leopard gecko might drop its tail.
Do Leopard Geckos Regrow Their Tail?
Yes, leopard geckos will regrow their tail. It will not look as good as the first tail, but the regenerated tail will look almost as normal as the one before. With close attention, one can see that the tail has been dropped before though. It may appear to be a bit smaller than the original.
How Long Does it Take a Leopard Gecko to Regrow Their Tail?
The time frame ranges differently for each leopard geckos. But on average, it should take anywhere from 2 – 4 months for a full recovery. You should start to see growth within the first few weeks.
What to Do?
Recovering without any complications is your goal. There are a few steps that you can take to ensure a fast, healthy, and safe recovery.
The number one thing that you need to do is keep a clean enclosure. If you use sand, remove it and use paper towels or other non-loose type substrates. You do not want anything getting into the wound causing an infection. Whenever you see droppings, remove them and clean the area. Try to keep the enclosure as clean as possible. A dirty enclosure can possibly cause tail rot if infected.
Because your leopard gecko dropped it’s tail, it is very important that you offer a proper diet. A good diet will help speed up the recovery. Do not forget to gutload and dust the feedings properly with the right supplements.
Remove all feeders from the enclosure after the 15 min feeding period. You do not want any crickets, worms, and roaches crawling around the enclosure and possibly entering or messing with the wound.
What to do If Tail Break is Incomplete
If your leopard gecko’s tail did not fall off completely and is still hanging, you should try to see a veterinarian immediately. Veterinarians may give a simple solution to the problem or may have to amputate the tail. Do not attempt to pull the rest of the tail off yourself. You will only cause more harm to your leopard gecko.
You can easily prevent your leopard gecko from dropping its tail by just being careful. Avoid housing more than 1 male gecko in an enclosure at once, holding a leopard gecko by its tail, and scaring a leopard gecko. As long as you are careful, you shouldn’t have any problems.
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