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    Hi all,

    I have had Poppy, a gold dust day gecko I got from a reptile expo, for about a month now. Previously he was eating well and pooping normally, and I was able to keep the humidity in his exo terra with no problems. Recently we have had some very dry weather and he appears to have had some trouble shedding as the tips of his toes looked a little whitish and he had some dull skin on his back. I gave him a paper towel sauna which seemed to help. I also hooked up a cool mist humidifier with some tubing to his tank and it has helped loads - I am running it on one hour, off one hour all day and night and it keeps the humidity between 70 and 99 percent, along with misting him with a pump mister twice a day. I also covered half of the screen top (the half without the uvb bulb over it) with a piece of cut glass on the outside where he can't get to it. The lights are suspended about 5 inches above the cage on a lamp stand. He has a dish of fresh water and pangea complete available to him at all times and he also used to eat bugs from forceps although he has quit that lately.

    He is in a bioactive 12x12x18 exo terra with ABG substrate, springtails and isopods, and a mix of live and fake plants. There are two humid hides, one hanging cave that he also basks on top of and one bamboo structure with tunnels and a cave at the bottom which came with the cage, which are full of sphagnum moss that I always keep moist. His food dishes are also on a ledge up high and surrounded by a leaf vine so he can feel secure while eating. I have a 60 watt daylight bulb and a 5.0 UVB bulb, both by zoomed, that keeps the cage at an ambient temperature of 85 degrees, basking spot closer to the bulb is 90-95, and the temperature drops to 75 at night with a blacklight heating bulb. He sleeps in his cave at night so I do not think this disturbs him at all.

    The past 4 days, he has stopped eating. He will not even touch honey, mango or waxworms, which he usually loves as a treat. I have banded crickets and black soldier fly larvae, which he will sometimes eat, and dubias which seem to freak him out/he won't touch them. I dust insects with repashy calcium plus at every other feeding, when I can manage to get him to eat (usually this is 2-3 times a week). I have also let fruit flies (we have mantids that eat them) loose in his cage before and he has hunted them. But nothing lately seems to interest him. No poops in his usual spot on the hanging rock cave/on the front glass either.

    I managed to weigh him while he was out for his sauna and he weighed 6 grams. The seller that I bought him from estimated him at about six months old and said he was wild caught. I did notice the other day I could start to see some calcium sacs in his throat that were not there before, I know males get these as well but they are much smaller than what I have seen on females. He does not look emaciated/bones are not sticking out and his tail looks plump but I think he could stand to eat a little more.

    Anything I should be doing? I am trying to leave him alone now so he can relax and hopefully lick up some pangea like he usually does. I am planning to call my vet this week when they are back in the office and see what they think. But I am not sure what they can do for a tiny gecko that cannot be handled without injuring him, and I don't have a fecal to provide them either. I also picked up some zoomed spray on shed ease stuff while I was at the reptile store just in case. I am able to get him to climb into a container but he is too skittish to handle and I worry about tearing his skin/him losing his tail which I am guessing would not be good while he is on a hunger strike. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Poppy ate a bite of food last night! Not a lot, just a tiny bit of mango slice I put in there and a couple licks of Pangea watermelon, and no poops yet, but it's something. Here's hoping the humidity issues/shedding were what was causing his hunger strike. I pureed some mango and strawberry mixed with pangea for him this morning in hopes of tempting him further. I cannot recommend the cool mist humidifiers enough, they are like the reptifogger but better/more reliable and it would only be more perfect if it came with a probe hygrostat, but hey, if it works I'll take it for now and run it on a timer until I can get the proper equipment.

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