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Hi,

I'm looking for all the info/advice I can get regarding a 5 day old leo. Both parents are healthy, no problems, eat and shed well, insects are gut loaded and dusted etc.

The egg (3 more in the incubator) was hatched using a hova-bator incubator set at 81 degrees after 46 days.

When she hatched everything seemed fine, no visible problems. However, 2 days ago I checked on her and her leg appeared to be backwards (one of her back legs) from the knee joint.

I took her to my local vet reptile specialists who really weren't very helpful at all. I realise that nothing can really be done with an animal this young, I was just after information about what could have caused it and whether the leg was broken etc.

The vet said that she may have hatched prematurely and the bones were "a bit soft". She said that the leg wasn't broken, just twisted and that it should set itself right eventually. She advised me to get a UV light for the hatchling and to make sure she was having dusted and gut loaded food (which she will of course, but she hasn't yet eaten anything).

Today the end of the hatchling's tail seems to be very dry and has sort of shrivelled up. Just the very end tip of her tail. She had her first shed yesterday, but this doesn't look like stuck shed. She has a moist hide etc.

She also appears to be quite lethargic. Which may possibly indicate MBD when combined with the problems in her bones/joints? But the vet ruled this out. She is moving around fine, just seems quite sleepy a lot of the time.

So the questions:

Should I get her a UV light? I'd always been under the impression they weren't necessary.

Should she be eating by now? She has shed and had her first poo.

Any ideas what else could cause the problems with her leg and tail? And are the problems connected?

Do you think this sounds like MBD?

Any other general advice?

Thanks,
Amy.
 

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So the questions:

Should I get her a UV light? I'd always been under the impression they weren't necessary.

Hi ya yes she does very much sound like she's metabilic its a very common problem n leo hatchlings so yes get a low level UV tube a 5% will do the job and place this above the leo for 4-6 hours per eve if the little one reacts to the extra light then get a flower pot and cut more holes out the top that way the UV will reach but the lizard will not be stressed by the tube the tube also needs to be around 6 inches from the hatchling.

Should she be eating by now? She has shed and had her first poo.
Some are slow to start she may need hand feeding as she'll not be feeling her best so offer food via tweezers and keep trying for a few more days :)

Any ideas what else could cause the problems with her leg and tail? And are the problems connected?
I would say she has been in pain and the srivelled bit is where's she's bitten it this happens a fait bit the tail end will prob drop off sadly there's a whole host of reasons low calcium levels in the mothers passed onto the eggs also inbreeding reduces vigor as all leo's these days are in bred but it can be fixed :)



Do you think this sounds like MBD?

Opps last thing offer komodo cricket dust in a bowl also pop this on her mouth so she licks this off twice a day follow that and you should fingers crossed see an imporvment if just metabolic.

Strange I have one here which came in with the same issue who's now eating and doing well even with the bitten tail end :(

Any other general advice?

Best of luck Paula :)
Thanks,
 
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