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Post-Ovulatory Dystocia in Two Small Lizards: Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) and Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus)

Marco Di Giuseppe, Albert Martines Silvestre, Marco Luparello, Laura Faraci


Two geckos were presented with post-ovulatory dystocia. Reproductive disorders are common in nocturnal and crepuscular geckos kept and bred in captivity, and they are often related to nutritional disorders and/or improper housing conditions. The diagnosis was achieved by radiography and the treatment consisted in an ovariosalpingectomy. This surgery is often performed in big lizards, while percutaneous ovocentesis has been suggested to treat dystocia in small geckos such as Eublepharis macularius. An Ovariosalpingectomy may be a viable treatment option not only for big lizards, but also for small reptiles and it represents a definitive treatment for pre-ovulatory follicular stasis and post-ovulatory dystocia in small geckos.


reptiles; egg binding; gecko; ovariosalpingectomy; reproductive pathologies; dystocia

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