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Posted by Stacy Yankee on April 28, 2003 at 14:14:38:
In Reply to: Prolapsed penis posted by boopster on April 27, 2003 at 07:58:35:
:I just got a pair of Helmeted geckos, Geckonia chazaliae and the male has suffered a prolapse of his right hemipenis. I do not know how long he has gone like this so I put him in the humiditybox hoping it would help him retract his organ, this far it hasn't worked but I wonder if anyone has experienced a similar thing and if so have any advise on what to do and if he still will be able to use his other penis for mating?
:Thankful for response.
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Although, I haven't experienced this with any of my Helmeteds, I have had this happen with other lizards. If you are going to attempt to soak the area, I would suggest that you use a highly concentrated sugar solution which should help draw the fluid out of the hemipenis and, thereby, cause shrinkage. Personally, I would rinse the area very well and apply a small amount of Preparation H on the hemepenis and keep him on dry paper towels (you don't want any sand or substrate to get in the area). It is important that the hemepenis doesn't dry out and/or become infected or necrotic.
I would also suggest that you take your little guy to the vet---perhaps he/she could help with the retraction. Keep in mind, there are two hemepenes, so if your gecko survives, he should still be able to breed. You might also check into what may have caused this to happen, ie. parasites, dehydration, etc.
Hope this helps.