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    Hi my name is Brooke and I just got western banded geckos. Two females in a 35 gallon tank. They have a fresh water dish, dish of mealworms, and a second dish of calcium just in case. Now I know sometimes people donít see their geckos eat or drink but I even tried recording all night and they just stay in the humid hide day and night. Sometimes they come out and go to their favorite spots but all they do is sleep and the one likes to walk through the calcium but other than that I havenít seen them eat. I mean the mealworms are crystallizing or whatever itís called lol. I tried silk worms too but maybe I didnít try long enough. I just kinda held them up to them. But the one is a normal size and the second is really really small with a deformed skeletal structure which Iím actually worried about and wanted to know if you guys knew what that was too. Any insight on this odd behavior would be great.

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    If you just got them, it may be a few days before they eat. I keep and breed this species myself, and they are very easy to feed.
    Mealworms aren't very nutritious. I recommend starting them out on small crickets. Normally, the geckos should start stalking them immediately. Make sure you are keeping them warm enough, about 90f or so on the warm end.
    You will probably never see them drink from a dish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    If you just got them, it may be a few days before they eat. I keep and breed this species myself, and they are very easy to feed.
    Mealworms aren't very nutritious. I recommend starting them out on small crickets. Normally, the geckos should start stalking them immediately. Make sure you are keeping them warm enough, about 90f or so on the warm end.
    You will probably never see them drink from a dish.

    Ahh okay, thank you. I did just get them but itís been a little over a week. Iíll get them small crickets. I also have Phoenix worms, butter worms and silk worms. Can I feed those to them too? Also do you know where I can get good small crickets mailed to me? I refuse to go to petco. Just too many bad experiences and I now hate everything about the whole company...
    also did you see the picture of the small one? Do you know what might be wrong with his bone structure?

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    You can try the other worms, I've never used them. They aren't super nutritious, so don't rely on them as a staple. I feed primarily crickets, dubia, and occasionally meal worms.
    There are many sources for crickets, however having them shipped to you is generally not cost effective for two geckos. If you order them in bulk and try and maintain them, they will outgrow your geckos before you can use them. Dubia, on the other hand, are quite easy to culture, and are more nutritious and easier to handle than crickets.
    I can't tell what is wrong with the gecko from the photo.

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    From your description, I would say MBD, or Metabolic Bone Disease. Usually that comes from a lack of calcium or nutritional deficiency. I don't know anything about western banded geckos, so hopefully someone else will chime in with help as to best things to feed them. Some insects are better than others for difference species.
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    From your description, I would say MBD, or Metabolic Bone Disease. Usually that comes from a lack of calcium or nutritional deficiency. I don't know anything about western banded geckos, so hopefully someone else will chime in with help as to best things to feed them. Some insects are better than others for different species.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    From your description, I would say MBD, or Metabolic Bone Disease. Usually that comes from a lack of calcium or nutritional deficiency. I don't know anything about western banded geckos, so hopefully someone else will chime in with help as to best things to feed them. Some insects are better than others for different species.
    Okay so Iíll switch the food. And about the MBd. I thought so at first too but he looks really young. Too young to have developed it. Can they be born with it? And if they are can it be fixed or will she always be deformed? Also is it fatal? Iíd hate for this poor little cutie to suffer :/ I swear this is the last time Iíll ever buy anything from a corporate petstore like petco. This is the second time they got me on a sick animal. Itís beyond not acceptable. I wish I knew if there was something I could do about it.

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    No, they're not usually born with it, and it doesn't have to be fatal. But your gecko looks very thin, and does look like there is a deformity - it may be a birth defect. Do you have an exotics vet in your area? If you can find one, it might be worth emailing them a photo and asking what they think. Dusted dubias are a nutritious food if you can have roaches in your state. You can order them from Josh's Frogs.
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    Armstrong crickets, rainbow mealyworms. Shops sell crickts. 3 week is small. If you just got geckos it's always best set up vet app. They need be tested for parasites and cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is fatal, very hard get rid of, contagious. I used gloves feed one new baby , that wasn't tested yet , in order to know I wouldn't spread it to my male gecko ( Cecil).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth9999 View Post
    Armstrong crickets, rainbow mealyworms. Shops sell crickts. 3 week is small. If you just got geckos it's always best set up vet app. They need be tested for parasites and cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is fatal, very hard get rid of, contagious. I used gloves feed one new baby , that wasn't tested yet , in order to know I wouldn't spread it to my male gecko ( Cecil).
    Thank you guys so much. This was all extremely helpful. I do have a vet so Iíll get those pictures sent out. Also yes I can order the roaches easy. My vet also told me I should start a colony but as soon as my bf heard the word roach he freaked out lol. So itís gonna be fun to do that. But thank you for your help

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