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You're through to Dr. Edele, a vet in the UK.
I have some questions to help me best advise you about Casper.
Has Casper been eating and drinking?
Is he pooping?
What are the temperatures/humidity etc in his vivarium?
Do you have any photos of the spot you're concerned about?
Thank you, ***** ***** had any vomiting?
Is his poop normal or diarrhoea?
Is he gulping/swallowing a lot when not moving?
The spot you're referring to, is it bulging and firm?
Perfect, thank you
Thank you for the pictures. The dark area does look like it's probably his liver. With stick-tail we usually see vomiting or diarrhoea but the spitting out his calciworms and refusing to eat could be related to him feeling nauseated. I'm definitely suspicious from what you've told me and the photos.
Sticktail is a Cryptosporidium infection (luckily the species that infect geckos don't tend to affect us humans). Unfortunately we can't ever really 'cure' the gecko of the disease, but the aim is to reduce the burden of the parasite to low enough levels that your gecko can cope with it. It's also highly contagious to other reptiles and without treatment is fatal.
He will need to be seen by your vet for an examination, faecal swab and stomach wash (collect some fluid from the stomach); your vet may also take an xray and do a blood test to give him a full check over and rule out other causes. Once you have the diagnosis, he can begin treatment which can reduce the parasite numbers and eliminate other parasites that may be playing a role.
Dehydration is a concern so you can start with daily baths (cage temp water up to his chin) for up to 20 minutes (work up to this over about a week if he's calm about it).
Ideally he needs to see a vet early this week to get started. Many vets are still restricted but still seeing patients with covid-19 measures in place. Unfortunately, I can't prescribe any medications as I haven't examined him on this platform under UK law.
You're very welcome, it sound's very much like your son knows what he's doing so Casper is in good hands. I hope he's on the mend soon, have a lovely day.