Diseases .



Loss of the tail and other trauma.



The most commonly seen trauma in New-Caledonian geckos is the loss of the tail. Fortunately the tail will grow back with these geckos, with the exception of Correlophus ciliatus and Mniarogekko chahoua.
Often they loose their tail when they are young, due to fights with cagemates. If you keep geckos from different sizes together, the bigger one might attack the smaller one, which may result in tail loss of the smaller gecko.
Because of that we advise to only put animals of the same size together.
Gargoyles are known for eating tails of cage mates. Most of the time this will occur in the breeding season. The female will eat the tail of the male.
With leachianus loss of the tail is seen with incompatible animals. The weaker one will be hunted down and attacked, which can result in tail loss.
Infections are rarely seen with these kind of things, so treatment is not necessary. Just make sure the wounded animal is housed separately till the wound is fully healed and starts to form a stub.
Other commonly seen trauma's are wounds to the neck , head and tailbase.
Bitewounds in the neck of leachianus are normal in the breeding season, since they are not very gentle lovers. As long as the wounds are not to severe, they don't need treatment. If they have wounds at the front of the head or tailbase, it can be a sign of fights within the group and they should be monitored to see if they are still compatible.
Again, infections are rarely seen, but the wounded animals should be kept separate untill it's healed.


A regenerated tail of Rhacodactylus t. trachycephalus.






Floppy-tail syndroom - FTS.



This is most commonly seen in Rhacodactylus ciliatus and Rhacdactylus auriculatus and is caused by various things.
With FTS the tail flops over to the side or over the gecko's back, when facing downwards.
Sometimes FTS can cause the pelvis to deform, in the direction of which the tail hangs.
It's not a deformity only seen in captive bred species, it also occurs with Rhacodactylus in the wild.
The bones of the pelvis are thin, so even with the slightest calcium deficiŽncy, the weight of the tail can be to much for the bones and deform them.
In captive geckos FTS is commonly seen with ciliatus and auriculatus when they are housed minimalistic. If they don't get enough branches to climb on they will hang on the glass.
Often with their heads facing down. Since the tail is very heavy compared to their body, gravity will cause the tail to drop down over, or to either side of the body.
This disease cant be cured, the damage done to the bones is permanent. Having FTS doesn't effect the health or the reproductiveness of the animal.
To prevend FTS the geckos should be fed a proper, well balanced diet and be provided with enough brances to climb on.


Zig-Zag tail.



This disease is shown by zig zags along the entire tail, often this is seen with a mild calcium deficiency.
It is seen a lot with leachianus and chahoua hatchlings, and should be no problem if the animal is healthy and gets a proper diet.
Zig-zag tail is also seen in female chahoua in the breeding season, when she is about to lay eggs.
Make sure the animals are fed a proper, well balanced diet and the kinks will go away.
If the pelvis also gets deformed, or the animal starts shaking, the calcium deficiency is not a mild one and the animal should be getting some extra calcium to prevent MBD.
Zig-Zag tail with Rhacodactylus chahoua.






Metabolic Bone Disease - MBD



Just like every fast growing reptile, New-Caledonian geckos require a certain amount of calcium to their diet to built their skeleton.
At the same time they need vitamine D3 to make sure they can absorp the calcium that is given to them.
If they don't get the right amount of calcium and D3 they can develop Metabolic Bone Disease.
Geckos who suffer from MBD get weak and flexible bones. This can be seen in the lower jaw, legs and pelvis.
The beginning of MBD is often characterized by shaking and twitching when walking.
The geckos often have trouble eating and moving which will result in the death of the animal. Even when treatment is given, some animals will still die.
MBD often happens overnight and is mostly seen in young breeding females who are about to lay eggs.
A good and healthy looking female can get soft bones almost overnight if she used up all her calciumreserves to make the eggshell.
If a female shows signs of a calciumcrash you should give her some calcium as soon as possible. Just mix some with water and drop some on her nose with a pipette so she can lick it up.
Sometimes the animals are to weak to even swallow, then you should see a vet asap!
If an animal is recovering from a calciumcrash, she should be kept separate and excluded from breeding till she is fully recovered.
Animals who sufferd from MBD will always show signs that he or she had this disease. The effects will always stay visible, although not as worse as in the beginning.