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    Unhappy Crested wont eat CGD but acts starving...


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    Hey All,

    I've had my juvenile crested gecko for about 3 months now. He lives in a bioactive vivarium and has easy access to his food and water dish. I started out with Repashy and after about 2 weeks didn't really notice him eating so I switched over to Pangea. It looks like he eats it every now and then (lick marks in the food) but he doesn't seem to be gaining any weight (I don't have a scale right now, waiting for it to show up via amazon)

    Now, I was feeding my leopard gecko wax worms as a treat and remembered reading that you can occasionally give them to crested as well, so I handed him one with a set of tongs AND HE FREAKED OUT. I have never seen that gecko move so fast and I thought he hurt himself latching onto the tongs. His pupils got huge and was all but crawling out of the cage to get more and acted like had hasn't eaten in forever. I gave him a couple more and called it a night.

    Well, it's been about a week and again, I noticed no difference in the food dish, so I got a wax worm and sorta swirled it in his pangea and gave it to him, and he ate it happy as can be. Now im afraid he will just hold off until I give him the wax worms instead of eating his GFD.

    Should I just leave out the GFD as usual and once a week do the wax worm dinner, or back off on the wax worm deal all together? I'm just worried about him not eating as he should...

    Any suggestions would be great!!

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    I would hold off on the worms ... do you have any indication of your crestie pooping? That is usually the best way to tell if eating. If he knows you will give worms, then he may hold out, like you said.

    Live stuff is a treat, not a main food source. He will eat when he is hungry ... just don't let it go too long. The key is knowing if he is pooping ... the food dish doesn't always give the best example ...

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    really young cresties, IME, grow very slowly until suddenly one day they don't. if he's shedding well and his body condition looks good, he's getting enough to heat and staying hydrated enough.
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