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    NEED HELP!! My crested gecko is 8 and has not eaten in three weeks from today. We usually feed her 1-2 crickets a night and there is baby food in her tank and sometimes we put in cgd but she never ate that in the first place. Is this normal in the winter for cresties not to eat? I do not know what to do...

    The temp also dropped from 75 to about 65 a little over a month ago in her tank.

    I'm pretty worried so any and all advice is much appreciated!
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    Are you sure she hasn't been eating CGD? If she's just a hatchling only 1/8 CGD to 1/4 water. Adults can eat 1/2 CGD to 1 water (in teaspoons). Also most people will tell you, 'NO BABY FOOD'. However processed berries and bananas and such are okay.

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    She is 8 years old, I am sure she did not eat CGD when it was in her tank. I have heard that I should not be giving her baby food but I do not know how to get her off of her cricket/baby food diet.
    But now she doesn't seem to eat anything...

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    she really needs to be a little warmer. you might consider adding in a low-watt heat bulb?
    night time drops down into the mid-60's are not a big deal, but 24-7 temps in that range will slow metabolism and impair immune function.

    I have a 7-year-old crestie I've had about 5 years and his appetite doesn't drop a bit in the winter. 8 years isn't very old if she's nice and healthy. what has she done in prior winters, in terms of appetite?
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    No, this has not happened in any prior winters. I have a heating bulb always on in the winter I just went and bought a heating pad for the bottom of the tank, It already went up to 76 degrees, I will be monitoring the temp so it does not go too high. Hopefully this works.

    Thanks for the input!

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    First off, she shouldn't be eating baby food. It's meant for babies, not geckos. They can become addicted to the sugar, and it's hard to get them to stop eating it. How long has she been on baby food? Do you feed her anything else? You should warm up her tank by getting a low-watt bulb, and stop feeding her baby food. Put the CGD in her tank and even if she doesn't eat it, don't feed her any baby food. Eventually she will get hungry enough that she'll have no choice but to eat the CGD. I really hope she starts eating, keep me updated!

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    The night I put the heating pad down she laid a few (inferential) eggs, she normally does not eat when she is in egg laying mode. She ate two crickets last night and is back to her normal self. She just needed to get out the eggs to eat I guess.
    Thanks for the support!
    She wont be eating any more baby food btw.

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    Wink T-Rex Paste

    If u have TRex paste u can dip the side of ur geckos lips into it. N careful not 2 get it in its nosterils.
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    if you feel like you need to coax your gecko, I find that it's easiest to apply a little food to the tip of the nose with a q-tip (if I tried to dip any of my geckos' faces into something I don't think they'd be happy about it).

    but it sounds like she's eating, so there's no need. I'm glad she's OK.
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