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    So I got my new leopard gecko, Bonita, about 2 weeks ago and since then she hasn't really eaten much. There was one day, a day or two before she shed, that she ate two mealworms from a pair of tongs but I'm nearly positive she hasn't eaten any of the mealworms I've provided for her in her bowl. That was about a week ago or so.

    She's very, very active and has her own little schedule set up. Her tank is not perfect atm as her cool hide doubles as a humid hide, later this week early next week she'll be getting new hides so she has a warm, cool, and humid that's on the warm end, but she seems to like her home. She's gotten so much more used to me and no longer runs and hides when I sit in front of her tank, only if I open the lid and make tons of noise. Her temps are normal. The warm side has a heat mat with a thermostat that's set to 90F, my AC is pretty strong in my room, can't change it cuz my parents control it, so I have a CHE over her warm side as well that keeps the air temps at around 85F. Her cool side stays at around 70-75. Obviously temps drop a few degrees at night.

    Anyway my question is what do you guys suggest I do to help her start eating? I've been thinking of buying crickets and putting some in the tank but I'm worried she won't be interested and it'll be a waste of money, which its starting to feel like the mealworms were. I've had some mealworms in their so long that they actually pupated! I do provide them with carrots though so they're constantly moving but she just doesn't go for them.

    She drinks pretty regularly from her water bowl and poops regularly every couple of days or so over in her little corner. She is very active, like I said, and doesn't drag her belly or anything so she is healthy. I know I am overreacting but I wanted to hear what you guys have done to get a new gecko to eat. I haven't owned leos for over 8 years but when I got my first one 8 years ago it was a juvi and ate right away, so this whole not eating thing that Bonita is doing is so stressful for me.

    Btw here is a new pic of her I took yesterday when I got home. She was all out and about. She's usually laying right up by her food bowl when I come home, its like she's waiting for me!
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    Try crickets, if you go to the pet store you should be able to buy like 10 of them for a dollar or two to test them out
    1.0.0 Eublepharis macularius - Leopard Gecko

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    I think that's what I'm gunna try this weekend. I'm hoping she'll like the rapid movement of them and actually hunt and go after them.

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    Bonita is quite pretty. She appears healthy and strong!

    How is she doing now?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Here are some reasons why she might not be eating:
    Change of feeder food.
    Has shed recently or will shed soon.
    Chlorinated water.
    Dirty water.
    Loose substrate.
    Sleeping in cool area.
    May have done it before.
    Not going to the washroom.
    Here are some things you could do:
    Tempt them with waxworms. Warning: waxworms are full of fat and can be addicting. Don't feed them to geckos under 16 months.
    Hand feeding. Hold a cricket by the back leg. Warning: you might get a cricket that won't cooperate and the leg might come off.
    Make sure you are giving them calcium and vitamins. I dust crickets with calcium powder every other feeding and with multivitamins every three.
    Check the size of the food. It's width should be no larger than the space between the eyes.
    Encourage to sleep in the warm area.
    Check that the eyes are clear.
    Monitor the poop.
    Hope I helped! My gecko stopped eating for the first time yesterday! Probably because he just shed.



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    hi, so if you have tried doing things that others have suggested I think you should probably leave them for a while (maximum 2 weeks). if again they are not eating I would suggest golden gate slurry, it is a compound made of dead crickets/mealworms, calcium supplements and a whole bunch of other stuff that should get your little dinosaurs belly wanting worms again! if you have any more questions just watch this video I made a few weeks ago on my channel.

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    Sounds as if she likes to hunt and prefers fast moving prey.

    She drinks pretty regularly from her water bowl
    How regularly?
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    Okay so she's doing well. She shed again last week and has clearly grown in size. I don't have a scale to weigh her with but she's a bit longer, and her tail and body are fatter. She does like to hunt but there are lots of hiding spots for crickets atm so I'll be fixing that this week and when the zoo med bearded dragon adult food, my cricket gut load, arrives I'll switch her permanently to crickets.

    She does however, readily eat mealworms. I fed her 15 dusted ones last night and this morning only about 6 are left in the bowl.

    She's calmed down a lot and doesn't mind me going in and out of her cage anymore, she's still skittish though and doesn't like being picked up but tolerates me touching her if I go from underneath.

    And @cricket4u I think she drinks daily or every 2 or 3 days. It really depends but she does it regularly enough for me to notice. Never a ton of water, she'll only drink for about 5-10 seconds and then be done. She's very active and moves back and forth between her warm, cool, and humid hides throughout the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxohmycaptainxx View Post
    Okay so she's doing well. She shed again last week and has clearly grown in size. I don't have a scale to weigh her with but she's a bit longer, and her tail and body are fatter. She does like to hunt but there are lots of hiding spots for crickets atm so I'll be fixing that this week and when the zoo med bearded dragon adult food, my cricket gut load, arrives I'll switch her permanently to crickets.

    She does however, readily eat mealworms. I fed her 15 dusted ones last night and this morning only about 6 are left in the bowl.

    She's calmed down a lot and doesn't mind me going in and out of her cage anymore, she's still skittish though and doesn't like being picked up but tolerates me touching her if I go from underneath.

    And @cricket4u I think she drinks daily or every 2 or 3 days. It really depends but she does it regularly enough for me to notice. Never a ton of water, she'll only drink for about 5-10 seconds and then be done. She's very active and moves back and forth between her warm, cool, and humid hides throughout the day.
    She certainly should not be drinking on a daily basis. I suggest that you purchase a reliable humidity gauge, not the cheap pet store ones (unreliable). Best to maintain it between 40% to 60%. If humidity is not a problem, it may be wise to cut back on the calcium dusting to see if this is the cause.
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    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!
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    Well as I said it only feels as if its daily. Its probably more on the end of every 2-4 days. And since I moved her humid hide over to the warm side of the tank, got her a proper cool hide, and started dusting her food every other feeding she drinks less. When I first got her she probably drank daily to every other day but its no where near that frequent now. And I don't use a hygrometer in her tank. I have one for my room that's hooked to my theromstat and it reads around 40%-60% regularly, closer to 60% if we have wet weather and 40% if its been dry. I don't think her drinking is an issue, she doesn't do it as often as you may think and even then its not like she's chugging it. She just takes a sip every once and a while. Her poop and urates always look normal and I don't see anything that suggests she's having issues so for now I'm leaving her as is.
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