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01-29-2013, 06:57 PM #1
Eastern Stone Gecko not eating
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I'm a newbie but would really appreciate your help. I bought two female eastern stone geckos two weeks ago. They are somewhere between 2-3 years old. One of them (the one I'm concerned about - her name is Pebbles) has been a been a bit smaller than the other one from the start (not sure if she's just a little thinner or younger than the other one).
So I guess my first question is: Is she too thin? (see photo)
Pebbles hasn't been eating since I got her. When I put small live crickets in on the second day after I got them, the other gecko went straight for them. Pebbles did a bit of hunting but didn't actually catch anything (a bit clumsy). Ever since then, I've been trying to feed them every second day (and dusting the crickets with Calcium and Vitamin powder) but now Pebbles doesn't seem interested in the crickets at all and just lets them walk past. I've also put in a dish of mealworms and left them it in there overnight but in the morning they were still all in there (I counted them).
Pebbles seems fine otherwise. Initially both of them were hiding a lot (probably stressed from the move I'm thinking), but this week they've been heaps more active and Pebbles is climbing everywhere. I have not handled them as to not stress them any further. They have multiple hiding spots in their enclosure, including a moist hide. Pebbles actually shed three days after I got her (she used the moist hide) and didn't seem to have any problems although she did not eat any of her shed skin).
I fed them again last night but this time "amputated" the back legs of the crickets to make them a bit easier to catch. I put 5 small crickets in and left them in overnight this time. (Previously I left them in just for a an hour or two as I've read that the crickets can stress/hurt the geckos otherwise). Pebbles again showed no interest and I watched the other gecko eat two crickets. However, all crickets where gone this morning (and I searched everywhere) - so I guess I'm hoping that Pebbles has had some.
Sorry for the long post but I'm hoping to find out:
1. Is Pebbles too thin at the moment?
2. Is there anything else I can do to get her to eat?
3. Should I take her to the vet? (Not worried about cost but don't want to stress her any more.)
4. How many crickets should I give them? (I'm feeding them every second day - how many would you expect each gecko to have each time?
I'd really appreciate your help.
Last edited by Montisheep; 01-29-2013 at 08:18 PM.
01-30-2013, 02:37 PM #2
Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!
Are these your first geckos?
If you have only had them for two weeks, don't panic too much about them eating. It is very common for geckos to go off their food for as long as a few weeks just after moving.
However, if you think one of them is eating and the other isn't, it would definately be a good idea to separate them to monitor the feeding more closely. It is always good to keep new animals separate.
I wouldn't worry about the vet just yet.
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01-30-2013, 11:04 PM #3
Yes, they are my first geckos. I will follow your advise and move the other gecko into a separate tank so I can monitor what they are eating. I feed them again last night. Pebbles again showed no interest in the crickets but was otherwise active. Out of the 8 crickets I put in, 6 were eaten so I am hoping Pebbles had at least a couple. I will separate them for their next feed tomorrow so then I will know.
Thanks again for your help, if you think it might just take a bit longer that's making me feel a bit better. I was just worried because they're such tiny little things anyway!
02-10-2013, 01:50 AM #4
Still not eating & being hyperactive
... Just an update on Pebbles. I have put the other gecko in a separate enclosure to better monitor what they are eating. Pebbles definitely hasn't eaten anything the last two times I have fed her. So obviously I'm a bit worried now.
Also, since she has been adjusting to her new home she seems very hyperactive. She is ALWAYS on the go (at night that is). She has two small plastic plants in her viv, and she is forever climbing up and down and even leaping from the top of one of her hides onto the plants or onto the ventilation vents on glass. However, if I put a couple of crickets in, she ignores them completely and just keeps jumping and climbing.
I've booked an appointment with a reptile vet tomorrow. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Has anyone seen this type of behaviour in a d.vittatus before?
02-12-2013, 05:23 PM #5
Reptiles are amazing little things. Ours didn't eat for 9 weeks and was not only still alive but astonishingly active.
How did you get on at the vet's?
02-13-2013, 04:31 PM #6
Yes, they are amazing little things!
The visit at the vet went well (went to a very experienced reptile vet so I felt like Pebbles was in good hands). It seems that the cause of the problem are some internal parasites, namely flagellates. The vet said that lots of geckos would have 2-3 of these cells in a poo sample, however little Pebbles had over 25 in hers (and it was only a tiny sample too). The vet gave her some antibiotic/antiparasitic meds while we were there and I have to give her another dose in another 7-10 days.
I will try and feed her again tonight (which is now 3 days after the vet appointment) and see how she goes. The vet did say it may take a week or two til she starts eating again. Fingers crossed!
02-13-2013, 04:57 PM #7
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