Floppy Tail Syndrome (FTS)

Some gargoyle geckos like to sleep upside down as a matter of personal preference. This is fine as long as their tails don’t start to ‘flop.’ Photo by Gargoyle Queen Reptiles


  • Tail hangs over gecko’s back or to the side when upside down
  • Difficulty defecating or laying eggs


  • Sleeping upside down repeatedly
  • Deformity of base tail bone and hips


Make an appointment with an exotic veterinarian. Tail amputation may necessary to prevent further deformity of the spine and/or hips.

FTS can be prevented or managed by cluttering the terrarium with lots of hiding spots and other décor, which will discourage the gecko from sleeping upside down.

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