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    Hi Guys,

    My fiancÚ has recently brought a wild caught Tokay Gecko from Swell reptiles and we have had him for just over a week now however he has not been eating. We took him to a local reptile centre who wormed him last Monday. After this we still didn't notice any eating. We took advice from another forum to leave 6 crickets in the vivarium overnight and see if he will eat them and check in the morning to see if he has eaten however when we checked this morning he has dropped his tail.

    I just wanted some advice because we're really worried and stuck on what to do because obviously he's lost a lot of fat reserve and we really don't want to lose him.

    Many thanks.

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    can you please post a picture of the gecko, and of the enclosure? also, please give temperature ranges (and how you are verifying) as well as misting frequency. this will help us help you.
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    The temperature is currently at 81 degrees f and humidity is 89% however it has just been misted. He gets misted once every evening and he has a ceramic heat lamp and a heat matt in his viv. They get turned off in the evening at 7:00pm and turned on again at 7:00am bringing the temperature down to 75 deg f in the evening.

    The viv itself is handmade from glass look acrylic and is sealed with animal safe sealant. There is wire mesh used for ventilation on the top and the front of the viv.

    Sorry these aren't the best quality pictures. My phone camera is on it's last legs and didn't want to get too close to him with him being stressed.

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    Another thing I'll mention is that he hasn't eaten in the two weeks we've had him we've tried him on mealworms, superworms and crickets and today tried him on pinkie but there has been no interest even before the tail drop. We've removed the crickets as they are a bit nippy and we think may be the reason for the taildrop.
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    Measuring temperature using the lucky reptile hygrothermometer

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    those stick on temp and humidity measurement tools are notoriously flaky. I would get a temp gun as soon as you're able.

    the other thing that I can see here is that he needs a LOT more cover. tokays like to hide in crevices, so a few tiles stacked vertically in the back and some thick fake plant cover will help him feel less stressed. it might take him more time to adjust, especially if you change his furniture, but he will likely stay stressed in an enclosure that exposed. especially in terms of vertical cover; a tokay hiding near the ground is very stressed and you can see that from his color. getting de-wormed is also stressful and it might just take time for him to eat. WC tokays have a much bigger adjustment period than CB, for obvious reasons.

    good luck!
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