We have teamed up with the Leopard Gecko Talk YouTube channel to help bring a better understanding of the ‘enigma syndrome’ condition seen in many Leopard geckos carrying the enigma trait. The first leopard gecko discovered to have the enigma syndrome was found relatively recently, and research on the subject is very limited.
Rebecca, from the Leopard Gecko Talk channel on YouTube, did an amazing job researching the subject.
Share Your Enigma Syndrome Experience
I believe through sharing our enigma syndrome experiences in the comments below will help us to get a better understanding of not only how to identify the condition in leopard geckos, but also how to care for these animals to help reduce the affect of the condition. If we are accurate in our observations, we can begin to see patterns and help to understand more about whats going on.
My Special Needs Leopard Gecko, Babe-E Girl
I would like to share my personal experience in the hopes it will help others in this same way.
After acquiring a leopard from a local breeder that expressed many neurological problems similar to the effects of enigma syndrome, I quickly realized that this gecko was going to need special care. It was when my new leopard gecko began to eat that I knew there was a problem. I had very little knowledge on neurological problems in leopard geckos prior to my discovery. The following video above shows Day 1 when my gecko arrived, and also the progression she made towards recovering from the condition. I was first discourage, but then looked at it as an opportunity to help figure out more about the enigma syndrome and how to treat it.
First thing I noticed is that my gecko did not like stop trying to escape her enclosure until I got her in a very large 20 gallon long tank with a large amount of open space. I made sure to include all necessary elements of her enclosure (hides, calcium, water, etc…) but did not include anything extra. This made her more comfortable and she began eating better. She shows no negative effects of the syndrome at this point. She is still different however.
She enjoys laying out in the open and basking in the light similar to a bearded dragon. She is unusually friendly as well. This behavior would pose a large problem in nature, leaving her susceptible to predators. This is likely one of the reasons why this trait is not normally found in nature as well. The animals carrying the trait would not live on to pass the genetic trait to future generations. Through captive breeding, enigma syndrome is showing up more and more.
*Before breeding leopard geckos with the enigma trait, one must understand as much as they can about the condition so that they do not add to the problem and strengthen the negative effects that are expressed in these leopard geckos.
I hope that sharing my experience has helped others dealing with the same issue, or others who are researching the subject.