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    hey there! im a little concerned about my crestie's weight, he's my first one so i dont really know what a healthy crestie is supposed to look like ! he always has access to pangea with insects & water, and i feed him crickets most days. he is about 11 grams (maybe 3 in. not including his tail) and im not sure how old he is because i got him from another owner. he also isnt great at feeding off tongs, he used to be but now it takes some doing to get him to eat from them. dropping insects in his tank works, but i worry about him being able to find them. does he look okay? is the part of his stomach near his hips supposed to be that narrow? any help is very appreciated!

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    Its really hard to say whether the weight is ok, especially not knowing the age. They all grow at different rates. As long as he is eating well, and gaining weight, don’t worry about it, he will grow,at his own rate. Putting crickets in his enclosure is not a good idea. Crickets will bite the gecko if they have a chance. You should move the gecko into a separate enclosure (a small plastic bin with a lid will do) and place the crickets in with the gecko. Watch them for a short time, if the gecko doesn’t attempt to eat them after several minutes, remove the gecko.

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    He looks a little thin, but he may be fine, just adjusting to his new environment. Are you able to weight him and keep a journal? A little bit of weight loss now and then is normal, but steadily losing weight may indicate parasites. If you are really concerned, you could take a fecal sample to a vet for testing.
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