Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD)


  • soft jawbone
  • deformed arms/legs
  • inability to lift chest off ground
  • lethargy
  • loss of appetite


  • insufficient calcium or vitamin D3


Leopard geckos with mild cases MBD can usually be treated at home. Make sure to dust all insect feeders with a calcium + D3 supplement (we recommend Rep-Cal) and leave out a bottle cap full of powder for the gecko to lick from. In severe cases or if there is no improvement after 1 month, veterinary attention is required.

**Note: Unlike other gecko species, leopard geckos lack endolymphatic sacs for calcium storage, so checking their calcium reserves for MBD diagnosis is not an option.**

Metabolic Bone Disease is a disease of neglect. It is SO easy to prevent!

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