It’s important to always confirm that your gecko is eating the food you put inside the terrarium. If not, the gecko may not be getting the nutrients it needs. For example, it is relatively common for gargoyle geckos to have trouble swallowing.
Gargoyle geckos have trouble swallowing if there’s a blockage in their throat, sores in their throat, or the food is too big. Some signs that your gecko is having trouble swallowing include refusal to eat and visible blockage. It’s important to act fast if you notice your gecko is having trouble swallowing.
If your gecko has any of these signs and symptoms, it’s important to take your gecko to the vet right away to determine the cause. Read on to learn more.
Gargoyle gecko having trouble swallowing: Is it normal?
A happy, healthy gargoyle gecko should be able to eat without any problems. However, even healthy gargoyle geckos can have trouble swallowing. Although this is normal, you want to act quickly to ensure your gecko gets the food it needs.
Signs gargoyle geckos are having trouble swallowing
The two most common signs that a gargoyle gecko is having trouble swallowing include refusal to eat and visible blockage. If your gecko is refusing to eat food that it used to live, there’s likely a problem. Likewise, look in the back of your gecko’s throat. If you see any blockage there, that can make it difficult to swallow.
What can cause them to have trouble swallowing?
There are three main reasons why gargoyle geckos have trouble swallowing: the food is too big, there is a blockage, or there are sores in the throat. Here is an overview of each cause:
Too big food
Gargoyle geckos are a bit small. If the food is too big, they might have trouble swallowing it. Selecting smaller food will fix the problem.
Whenever gargoyle geckos shed, they often eat their dead skin. Sometimes, that skin can get stuck on the inside of the gecko’s throat and cause a blockage. You must remove the blockage in order to make swallowing easy again.
Sores in throat
Occasionally, gargoyle geckos can develop sores in their throat from food, reactions, and illnesses. You will have to take your gecko to the vet in order to get the sores treated.
What should I do if my gargoyle gecko has trouble swallowing?
If your gargoyle gecko is having trouble swallowing, take the gecko to the vet. The vet will be able to look down the gecko’s throat and determine why it is having trouble swallowing. From there, your vet will diagnose a treatment plan to get your gargoyle gecko eating happily again.
Should I be worried if my gargoyle gecko has trouble swallowing?
If your gargoyle gecko has trouble swallowing, you should act fast. Before you panic, know that there are a lot of easily fixable reasons that may cause your gecko to have trouble swallowing. Just take your gecko to the vet to make sure everything checks out.
Why does my gargoyle gecko tilt its head when it eats?
Many geckos tilt their head whenever they eat. There’s not really a reason for this other than they enjoyed eating in this position.
Gargoyle geckos can sometimes have trouble swallowing. Some signs that your gecko may be in the same position include refusal to eat and visible blockage.
If your gecko shows any of these signs, take it to the vet right away. Your vet will inspect the gecko’s body to ensure nothing serious is wrong.
The good news is that many of the reasons that cause geckos to have trouble swallowing are easy to fix. Follow your vet’s recommendation to get your gecko feeling happy and healthy again.