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    Hello,

    I have a crested gecko, he's very young. I am very new to owning reptiles, and i'm really learning as i go, and I was quite excited about my gecko, until now, i'm extremely worried. I bought my gecko from petco about 4-5 weeks ago, he was very tiny probably just hatchling size. I put him in a 12x12x18 exo terra enclosure, paper towel substrate, with about 3 sets of vines and two branches.

    The first two weeks I was feeding him crickets occasionally, the lady at petco told me he needed them everyday but from my research, others were saying they didn't need them everyday so i had just put some CDG on the floor in a little tray and water in a tray, and 2-3 crickets every three days or so. After about two weeks i stopped feeding the crickets, just giving him CDG, but it appeared to me that he wasnt eating it so daily i would dab some on his nose just making sure he got at least 3 licks of it. He was usually extremely active and jumpy, and he always responded to me, even when i was just looking at him or misting his enclosure. (I mist twice a day)

    Honestly, the last two weeks have been a wreck. I moved some of the branches around in the enclosure, and he seemed to enjoy it for about a day, then he was on the floor for about five days straight, and his skin got this whitish color and he started to shed and by my understanding, they don't usually eat while they shed? That was week one. He's done shedding now, and now he looks extremely sick. There is some shed stuck on his left eye, and his left eye is very sunken in. He's being super super lethargic. Today i misted his tank, and usually he runs.. But i even got some water on him and he barely moved his head today. He's very skinny, he looks smaller than when i got him. Today I've been in panic mode, i tried to give him some CDG, i put the bowl right next to him and he didn't even move. I put some mushed up mango in front of him and he licked some of it but then he just walked away. Earlier today i rubbed his head and he just snapped his jaw at me. I haven't seen him jump, climb, or run in about two weeks. I'm very scared and I feel like a bad owner, and I really don't know what to do anymore.

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    Stopping by petco today one of the representatives told me crested geckos are vegetarians and that they should not eat any crickets and that I should get him some oranges and strawberries and cut them up very small and serve it to him. honestly, my research vs. petco has just left me in a huge funk.

    Sorry for this huge story but please, any tips would help. Thank you

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    The first two weeks I was feeding him crickets occasionally, the lady at petco told me he needed them everyday but from my research, others were saying they didn't need them everyday so i had just put some CDG on the floor in a little tray and water in a tray, and 2-3 crickets every three days or so. After about two weeks i stopped feeding the crickets, just giving him CDG, but it appeared to me that he wasnt eating it so daily i would dab some on his nose just making sure he got at least 3 licks of it. He was usually extremely active and jumpy, and he always responded to me, even when i was just looking at him or misting his enclosure. (I mist twice a day)

    Honestly, the last two weeks have been a wreck. I moved some of the branches around in the enclosure, and he seemed to enjoy it for about a day, then he was on the floor for about five days straight, and his skin got this whitish color and he started to shed and by my understanding, they don't usually eat while they shed? That was week one. He's done shedding now, and now he looks extremely sick. There is some shed stuck on his left eye, and his left eye is very sunken in. He's being super super lethargic. Today i misted his tank, and usually he runs.. But i even got some water on him and he barely moved his head today. He's very skinny, he looks smaller than when i got him. Today I've been in panic mode, i tried to give him some CDG, i put the bowl right next to him and he didn't even move. I put some mushed up mango in front of him and he licked some of it but then he just walked away. Earlier today i rubbed his head and he just snapped his jaw at me. I haven't seen him jump, climb, or run in about two weeks. I'm very scared and I feel like a bad owner, and I really don't know what to do anymore.
    Welcome aboard! Please share pictures of your crestie, his left eye, his vivarium, and your feeding/dusting schedule.

    Crickets are FINE for cresties. That's what they eat in the wild. Were you dusting the crickets at 1 feeding per week with a good D3 calcium carbonate powder? Can you restart the crickets immediately?

    • Perhaps he's disturbed by the stuck shed on his left eye? Does he have stuck shed on his feet?
    • Does he have fresh water 24/7?

    After the Humidity Box treatment, see whether he'll lick prepared crestie diet off his nose with your help.

    If you're also feeding a powdered diet, I strongly recommend Pangea's Complete Diet with Insects.

    Try a Humidity Box
    • Poke holes in a plastic container
    • Place paper towels inside
    • Add some water
    • Spray the top and the sides
    • Place the gecko inside
    • Snap on the lid


    • Place this next to a low wattage light bulb for about 60 minutes to generate additional humidity. (If you have a gecko who's using a heat mat, place the crestie box on top of that heat mat.)
    • Monitor the temperature at all times!
    • Then try removing the stuck shed with rolling motions of a q-tip with gentle assistance from a tweezer.
    • You may need to try the Humidity Box again
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-09-2017 at 11:38 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus)

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    Check for stuck shed indeed ... and maybe try a smaller enclosure ... he might be having issues in that big of a space. I use the small sized kritter keeper acrylic enclosires for babies that small. Try misting only once a day ... at night .... so it can dry out in in daytime ...

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    How is your young crestie doing?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"
    Click:
    Leo Care Sheet post 142 (use left side numbers): Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus)

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