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    Hello,

    My AFT Adele will only eat waxworms and refuses to eat anything else. I am worried about her health because they are so fatty. She is eating the same amount size wise as she was when she ate dubia roaches, but she is definitely rotund after one month of this new diet.

    My lizards started off with dubias which are given a calcium and vitamin supplemented diet. They ate these everyday for the last 6 months. I switched to dubias because they kept getting parasites on crickets no matter where I bought them.

    A dubia diet fixed the problem. However, after 6 months of this diet Adele refused to eat. I bought mealworms to see if she would like those, NOPE. We went to the vet who said she was fine, xray showed no blockage. She had refused to eat for two weeks and the temps in the terrarium are stable at 90 and 80-84.
    The vet suggested she was being a tough customer and to buy a large variety of bugs for her to try. Well, she only wanted the waxworms.

    Now she is otherwise acting normal, but extremely fat in her belly. She is pooping. I thought she was eggbearing but the vet said he saw none.

    How can I keep her at a healthy weight on just waxworms? I tried to feed the waxworms the supplemented feed and they were not having it. Also sprinkling vitamin and calcium mix is a no go. She will refuse to eat food that is dusted.

    She is way too fat. How do I feed her the waxworms in the correct amount and frequency? How can I supplement her diet? All I found was calcium drops for water.
    Help meee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weezergirlvt View Post
    Hello,

    My AFT Adele will only eat waxworms and refuses to eat anything else. I am worried about her health because they are so fatty. She is eating the same amount size wise as she was when she ate dubia roaches, but she is definitely rotund after one month of this new diet.

    My lizards started off with dubias which are given a calcium and vitamin supplemented diet. They ate these everyday for the last 6 months. I switched to dubias because they kept getting parasites on crickets no matter where I bought them.

    A dubia diet fixed the problem. However, after 6 months of this diet Adele refused to eat. I bought mealworms to see if she would like those, NOPE. We went to the vet who said she was fine, xray showed no blockage. She had refused to eat for two weeks and the temps in the terrarium are stable at 90 and 80-84.
    The vet suggested she was being a tough customer and to buy a large variety of bugs for her to try. Well, she only wanted the waxworms.

    Now she is otherwise acting normal, but extremely fat in her belly. She is pooping. I thought she was eggbearing but the vet said he saw none.

    How can I keep her at a healthy weight on just waxworms? I tried to feed the waxworms the supplemented feed and they were not having it. Also sprinkling vitamin and calcium mix is a no go. She will refuse to eat food that is dusted.

    She is way too fat. How do I feed her the waxworms in the correct amount and frequency? How can I supplement her diet? All I found was calcium drops for water.
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    Hey there,
    So I don't know how old you gecko is but I'm presuming she's 6months old? At this age you should be cutting back on feeding. 0-6m everyday, 6-12m every other day 12+m every three days - variable depending on gecko, my boy will take extra meals, my girl prefers every four days and both hold stable weights.

    So by cutting out a meal it's going to help with the weight issue.

    With that being said you need to switch her to another food, there's just no two ways about it, wax worms only isn't healthy. So how to do it?

    Just some ideas that have helped me, I hope they help you. First off, wait her out, even of it's over two weeks of waiting, if she's as overweight as you say, she can go two weeks or more easily!

    Another thing that has helped me is mashing the favorite food in this case wax worms, and wiping the guts on a cricket or dubia. Then transition over.

    Try stopping the supplements for a brief time. Your gecko will not develop MBT in a week or two, sometimes the powder suppliments put them off, then slowly add back in when they're eating reliably. This could be one of the issues if you are over feeding for the age, could be over supplementing.

    One of the biggest things that has worked for me in the past is waiting then feeding a tiny bit, like one meal worm or one cricket because it kicks up the metabolism and makes the gecko serious about the next meal!

    I hope all this made sense and helps your gecko. Remember not to worry about time without eating even though it's hard. Geckos that aren't over weight go longer than two weeks, months even due to hormones and the season and come around just fine.

    Good luck!

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