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PostSubject: I Think it is her time...   Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:27 pm

So I have a leopard gecko that seems to be completely miserable and i think it is her time to go... What is the best way to euthanize her? I heard people freeze them and some other crazy man said he cuts their heads off with scissors. What is the best way to put her down? Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: I Think it is her time...   Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:30 pm

Neither of those options are really acceptable or humane. Freezing is very painful for the animal. Cutting their heads off with scissors sounds like it could go wrong and then you'd have a suffering, bleeding animal while you struggle to finish the job.
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PostSubject: Re: I Think it is her time...   Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:11 pm

So what do you think I should do?
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PostSubject: Re: I Think it is her time...   Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:31 pm

From what I've heard, total brain destruction or severing the head completely work and are more humane (just don't use scissors)
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PostSubject: Re: I Think it is her time...   Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:15 am

With snakes pithing the brain is preferred - meaning, total instant destruction. Heavy mallet or hammer to the head, knife to the brain, etc. A .22 directly to the brain would also work, but not an option if you can't legally discharge a firearm in your back yard.

Freezing is not at all humane, please don't do it.

You could also take it to a vet to be put down. Was one treating her already?
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PostSubject: Re: I Think it is her time...   Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:55 pm

Yup, destroy the brain, unfortunately.  Sounds rough but compared to other options, it's the least painful to the snake. I'm not sure if a vet can euthanize a reptile but it would be worth calling.
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