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    Hello!
    Iíve had my african fat tailed gecko since February of this year, he is a subadult. He lives in a 20 gallon long tank with an 11 x 17 ultratherm heat mat (set to 90 degrees with a thermostat), he has eco earth as substrate, 3 hides (cool, humid, and warm) and some artificial plants. The humidity is kept between 40 and 70%. Unfortunately I havenít been able to weigh him yet because he is still very afraid of me.
    For his diet, he eats 5-8 large crickets three times a week, each day they are dusted with either calcium, calcium with D3, or a multivitamin so he gets all three supplements a week. Iíll also offer mealworms once a week but he typically denies them.
    I am concerned because his tail is quite skinny compared to the other AFTs Iíve seen, his stomach seems to be the proper size but his tail just wonít grow! He also has an indentation down his back and Iím not sure what it means.
    Iíve had him for a few months and heís never shown any signs of lethargy or weakness and as far as Iíve seen all of his stools are normal. He has a voracious appetite for crickets and has never turned one down, I havenít taken him to the vet because his behavior isnít alarming but Iím keeping a close eye on it. Any help is appreciated!

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    I forgot to add that his tail has about the same width as his stomach, I can try to get some pictures once he wakes up

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    Pictures would be great because he sounds fine to me. It's not unusual for most AFT's to reject mealworms. I've had a few that would eat super worms but usually it was just crickets.

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    We had the same worries. Ours didn't start to get fat till she was a bit older, but she's fine now. We also got ours when she was a sub adult and the tail remained about as think as her belly till she was a few months older. As long as they are eating well and the tail isn't super skinny your fat tail will likely be fine. We found googling pictures of stick tail and how skinny that is calmed our nerves a bit.
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    Thanks for the information everyone! I finally got some good pictures of his full body, it definitely doesn’t seem like stick tail so that’s good. (Also, I realized that in the pictures it sort of looks like he has stuck shed but that’s just the natural coloring of his legs )9E2CE907-58DB-405B-9898-594C45BB2682.jpg
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    Thanks for the information everyone! I finally got some good pictures of his full body, it definitely doesnít seem like stick tail so thatís good. (Also, I realized that in the pictures it sort of looks like he has stuck shed but thatís just the natural coloring of his legs )9E2CE907-58DB-405B-9898-594C45BB2682.jpg
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    He's fine. The tail is perfect.

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