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    Question Can you overfeed an AFT?


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    We got our AFT four days ago, he has settled in quite nicely in my opinion. We have him in a 20 gallon long aquarium. A heat mat on one side set to 90 degrees with a rock hide, a half log hide on the cool side and in the middle I have a homemade humidity box with sphagnum moss inside. A water dish and a bowl of meal worms (not that he eats those). The substrate is paper towel, I plan on getting a reptile mat soon.

    My question is that he is a chow hound for small crickets. He ate 8 the first day we got him and a total of 15 over the next 3 days. He will not touch the mealworms at all. Can a gecko eat too much?

    The man at the reptile store said he is about 5 months old.

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    as he's still growing I wouldn't be too concerned if he has a good appetite. if he likes crickets (and you're gutloading and dusting them) I'd just stop offering mealworms if he doesn't like them. they're high in fat relative to crickets.

    on the other hand...growing too fast isn't always the best thing. recommendations will vary, but my general rule of thumb that has worked for me is to give everything he'll eat in one sitting (say less than an hour) about every 2-3 days, with nothing offered in between. then he'll have plenty of time to digest and won't get fat.

    can you post a good clear pic of your gecko?
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Just so you know here's a Feeder Nutrition chart for you and your young AFT. It's a combined effort of Mark Finke, PhD, and DubiaRoaches.com.

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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Thank you!
    I just weighed him to get an idea of how much he is gaining going forward. 15 grams/.5 oz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeCee View Post
    Thank you!
    I just weighed him to get an idea of how much he is gaining going forward. 15 grams/.5 oz.

    Here is a picture of our Yoshi20180901_183436.jpg
    You're welcome.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    I'd go with regular sized crickets. Most AFT's don't like worms. Elizabeth's advice is good.

    Aliza

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