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    Default Crested gecko, poops almost as big as himself? o.O


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    Alright, so I'm a gecko lover who got his first crested a couple of months ago. Cute 'lil dude. I named him Alduin. Anyway, he's a juvie and he pooped in his food bowl with his CGD, (which he sometimes does) and I noticed this morning it's at least half his size, if not most of his size. It's actually kind of scary. Yesterday was "cricket day" the once a week I feed him crickets, always dusted. The crickets are a little big, so I tend to only feed him one. I've heard that, "they have to be as long as his head is wide" thing when referring to cresteds eating crickets, I assume they eat bigger in nature but whatever. Anyway, is this a normal occurrence? Should I try to get smaller size cricket(s)? Is something wrong with him? Any info I could use, thank you.
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    sometimes they just poop a lot. however, the general rule of thumb is a cricket the same length as the distance between the eyes (so, for cresties, probably MUCH smaller than you're feeding him).

    I would get smaller crickets
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    Yeah, I've heard that. I just didn't take it too seriously 'cuz, I mean, in nature of New Caledonia (forgive any spelling error) they probly eat insects much larger as juvies. But thanks for the info!

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    Many reptiles eat bigger food in nature...however, it doesn't mean none of them die from impaction in nature either.

    As well, in nature, they're living in temps and conditions they've been adapted to live in...in captivity, we try and mimic this as best we can, but it's still inadequate in comparison. If we feed food too large, and aren't providing the exact temps or humidity they require to digest them, then we are putting them at serious risk of impaction.

    While it is a "rule of thumb", it's still a "rule" for a reason.
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    When people say that they're referring to the WIDTH of the prey animal, not the length. Were it the length, leopards couldn't eat adult mealworms, beardies couldn't eat superworms, and my Fimbriatus couldn't eat the 3" hornworms I've fed them, and a full grown crested might not be able to eat a full sized cricket. That rule of thumb is to prevent you feeding a prey item that is too rotund to be swallowed.
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    To Pakinjak: that would make more sense ... I've always heard it length for some reason. to cassicat4: I keep his tank 60% humidity at least, and it only drops lower overnight when I sleep. Temp is usually 70-85 max. Is that improper for digestion in your opinion?

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    I've always heard it as length, specific to the size of a cricket for feeding young geckos.
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    @Aimless: Yeah I've hear the same, myself up until now.

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    i like the width rule: makes more sense.
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    I've never heard anyone say specifically "feed them crickets as long as the distance between the geckos eyes". What I usually hear is "don't feed crickets any bigger than the distance between their eyes", which is vague and doesn't tell you either way. I have asked folks before, and got the answer that the rule applies to the width of the crickets body since they don't swallow them sideways... they'll go down the easiest way possible. Were it speaking of length, I think you'd be feeding unnecessarily small crickets.

    But either way, you really should just exercise common sense in determining feeder size.

    Now to the point- How big is this crested that it dropped a turd half the size of it's body?
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