Enigma Syndrome?

tofugecko

New Member
I picked up my leopard gecko from the pet store a couple of days a go, they said she had a funny walk but said they had a reptile expert check her over and think that she’s fine. Now I’ve had her home a few days, I’ve noticed her walk is very strange and it’s taken me one google search to find out about Enigma Syndrome and I’m worried she has it. She’s an albino morph, with spots. Her walk is almost as though her head is too heavy for her, she will sometimes randomly circle her head in a big motion when she’s standing still and also whilst she walks; as well as walking off balance. She can walk normal and this only happens randomly but often. She sometimes star gazes but I thought maybe she is just checking out her surroundings. I have also noticed she’s having some trouble catching her food, she waits until a cricket/locust is right in front of her before attempting to catch it but when she runs around her tank for them she misses. I haven’t noticed any other signs of the disorder, but I’ve attached a photo of her spots to see if any experts can tell if she is an enigma morph? Other than that she is an adorable gecko, and has a very sweet personality. Either way, she will have a good life with me :).
 

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acpart

Geck-cessories
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I'm not an enigma expert though based on her tail spots and coloring it's likely. Hopefully someone with more visual experience will be able to confirm.

Aliza
 

tofugecko

New Member
I'm not an enigma expert though based on her tail spots and coloring it's likely. Hopefully someone with more visual experience will be able to confirm.

Aliza
Thanks for your reply, I think it’s likely too now I’ve seen more photos of enigma morphs.
 

sunfighter

Member
Pet shops are a really bad place to buy any kind of animal. Go there for hardware, but get livestock from a reputable breeder. And check them out. A friend of mine bought a male Bengal kitten from an out of state breeder and got a female that had, according to his vet, been spayed less than 24 hours before being being put on a plane. I've been scammed twice by people claiming to be lizard breeders. Use Paypal.
 

ZNature

Member
Could be enigma, but also could be white and yellow syndrome. There’s some vids out there on YouTube about it. Of course, there’s a chance you just have a quirky gecko. Once I thought one of my rescue Leo’s had enigma syndrome because she has a quirky walk, and at times she will stare at what I think is nothing. I doubt she is an enigma. It could be something else but I’ll never know. Just make sure that you make her comfortable. If it is enigma syndrome then she might get stressed from little things like shedding. I also recommend to provide a humid hide and get a very small and very shallow water dish. Animals who have difficulties coordinating their movements can sometimes drown in their water dish. So if you want to provide a water dish make sure it’s small. Or you could take it out and just make sure to give her I nice moist humid hide with some paper towels where she can go to lick up the water droplets. I hope this helps and you find out what she has. I wish you good luck with your gecko.
 

ZNature

Member
Sorry my reply’s a little late. I looked at the picture a bit closer and she looks like she might be a white and yellow morph. White and yellow syndrome is similar to enigma but less severe.
 

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