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    Default Marbled gecko [Christinus marmoratus] gaining weight? -cant jump/climb


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    Firstly; sorry if I am posting in the wrong section, new here...
    I got my Gecko almsot 2 months ago- she (I think its a she) was pretty skinny and in a pretty poor shape (was ~ 8cm long with tail) and weight ~2.2grams; over the past 2 months it has grown to be ~11cm, and almost 3.5grams- this may not seem like an issue but I have noticed that she no longer jumps or runs around.
    Her diet has been baby food (once every ~2 weeks - very small amount, she loves it) and gut loaded, calcium powdered crickets- I started with giving her 2 baby crickets and about 3 days later I give her one small-medium sized cricket.
    I have noticed though that she would leave the crickets there for a good day or 2 with her before she would eat it; because of that I have started giving her less and less crickets- I have worked out that she eats one small-medium cricket every 4-6 days, but she is still gaining weight...
    I know that marbled geckos have very sensitive skin- and should not be handled much, but Tails loves going on my fingers and arms- she used to run up them, jump from hand to hand and even from my hands to my shirt, but recently (as she's gained the weight) she no longer jumps (at all) and no longer climbs much (rather slides down whatever she is holding onto). She can hold onto tissues, screen doors, etc. extremely well, but has a hard time holding onto my hands (or even wood, walls glass) at a 45 degree angle (slides down), before she could hold onto my hands even upside down.

    She has been waking up often during the day (every 3 or so hours) due to construction that is going on next door- could the lack of sleep be what is causing the weight gain? or do I need to give it even less crickets? (It looks very hungry after the 5th day)

    Here is a few pictures, and a video of Tails- The video might give you a good comparison between the size of cricket (biggest size I give her) and her.

    Eating the cricket: http://puu.sh/7RkJ8.mp4
    sleeping on branches: http://puu.sh/7TLkg.jpg
    Sleeping on laptop monitor: http://puu.sh/7TLkV.jpg
    barely holding on (you can see its stomach): http://puu.sh/7TLp4.jpg

    Tails shed for the first time 3 weeks ago, it seemed to have done alright, and I'm pretty sure it didn't have any skin left on its fingers- I also put it in a bit of lukewarm water to help it shed.

    Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated, thanks a lot guys.

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    How oftn r u giving her calcium?
    She doesn't look too fat to me, just comfortably plump.
    My gecko gets bad grip whn he's not shed for a while. After shedding, he's like spiderman, all over the place. I'm thinking maybe he loses grip whn skin is old but whn he has a fresh new skin, his grip becomes more effective.

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    I think I have an idea of what could be happening with Tails, or at least be part of the problem
    You said you left the crickets in the cage with her for about a day or two before she ate it, I know that you are not meant to leave the crickets in the cage for longer than 4 hours because the crickets have a nasty habit of nibbling on the geckos feet, which would explain why she is no longer jumping and climbing.
    I'm not sure how long it takes for a geckos feet to heal, hopefully its not long.
    I'd love to know how he's going, please keep us updated!

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