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Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009, 12:52 am
starlight638: Help!!!! (x-posted like mad)

I think my leo was just trying to drown himself and has been acting erratically all evening. I've never seen him set foot in his water dish before, but he's been getting the whole way into his water dish, even dipping his head under, and thrashing his tail like he was going to drop it whenever I got close to the tank. I left him alone for a few minutes to see if he'd calm down, and when I went back, nearly his entire head was under water, including mouth and nostrils. He didn't move at all when I poked him and told him to stop that, and I was scared he'd drowned himself somehow, but I picked him up out of the water and he was still ok.
I suspect it was a stress reaction to a large new burrow-style cave I'd put in his tank earlier this afternoon, because I took it out and he's stopped trying to get in his water dish and has actually laid down on the warm part of his carpet (to dry off, I suppose). But if it was a reaction to the burrow, why now instead of 6 hours ago when I first put it in? He was having a grand time exploring it when I first put it in, climbing all over the top of it (but not going inside yet). Why would he suddenly become so terrified of it he'd rather drown himself than walk past it to hide in his other cave?
For other background info, he hasn't been eating well for about a month now, only a couple worms each week. I tried feeding him crickets this afternoon (before putting the burrow in) and he wouldn't have anything to do with them.
I think after I've given him a few more minutes to calm down, I'm going to re-arrange his tank like it was before with both his old caves and see how he does with that. Any advice on what to watch for/what else to do/what not to do?
For reference, here's the new burrow I put in his tank: http://www.t-rexproducts.com/products/vivarium-foam-systems/peek-view-burrow/ Mine's a 20L rather than a 10 like the burrow's made for, so it was only up against half of one side.

Sun, Sep. 20th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)

I don't know much about leos, but if he's not been eating well, you should take him to the vet for a check-up.
He might have bowel parasites or something like that.
Best to go to a professional who is used to deal with reptile health and be sure.