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Posted by mikecoscia on February 18, 2003 at 21:30:24:
In Reply to: crested death posted by djs27 on February 18, 2003 at 16:54:29:
First you really should not have put the gecko back with her father. Inbreeding is not something good to practice and eventually leads to problems down the line. As far as what happened to her it is impossible to tell without the necropsy. It still can be done regardless of how stiff she is. As long as it was under 24 hours you could have thrown her in the freezer and brought her over to the vets when you had time.
You mentioned that they were imports. Did you get a fecal and properly treat them? Wild animals are almost always loaded with parasites, and she could have had them since the beginning or caught them form infected feeders. It can also spread very easily through fecal matter, water, or lack of sanitary care. They would have succumbed very slowly to them however. The geckos could have probably dealt with them for awhile but eventually just could not take it anymore. I highly suggest you get a fecal done on all your remaining animals just to make sure.
I really do not think she was egg bound, but she could have been. If her body was not ready for it and she was not properly supplemented it could have led to a problem.
It is very possible that the male stressed her out to the point where she was not feeding. It is one of the reasons I always tell people to house their animals separately and only introduce them for a few nights when trying to breed. They do much better by themselves without the competition. However again she would have lost weight slowly.
Another thing to think of is if she shed recently. She could have choked on it while attempt to remove it from her body.
Anyway just some input on what could have happened, it might have been a combination of all of the above. If it is possible still get that necropsy and the fecal done.