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    Lee's Mealworm Dish at PETCO

    This is his mealworm dish. It's escape proof, which is a big plus.
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    OOOO yeah I've seen those, tried a dish similar to that and mine had no idea anything was in there. So I use the shallow one that way he can see the food.
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    I see what you mean about the color, that's a pretty good contrast!

    Let us know what the vet has to say, I'm glad you were able to get in earlier!

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    GUYS HE ATE TWO MORE (that weren't freshly molted) AND POOPED FOR ME! The poop looked pretty normal for him, kind of like: [poop-][urate]. Or, in "tic-tac units" like I've seen on other threads here: one tic-tac poop and one tic-tac urate. I remembered to pick it up with a plastic bag and refrigerate it this time, so I have a (relatively) fresh fecal sample for tomorrow.

    I've also gotten in touch with a friend that works in the entomology lab on campus. She knows the director for the "food breeder" for our herpetology department, so I'll be able to get some lab-bred crickets that are parasite-free from her. That way, I can at least try them (and mom can deal with it, because at this point I want my baby back to normal).

    Any tips on keeping/feeding crickets? And if I get prescribed any meds for Lavi, any tips on administering in a low-stress manner?
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    yay for fresh poop! Make sure to house the crickets in something escape proof, like a kritter keeper.
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    Ideally, feed your crickets zoo med adult natural bearded dragon food, fresh moist fruit, and greens such as collard.
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    Click: Cricket Guidelines

    This video offers suggestions on gently getting a leo to open his mouth:

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Hey all! I have some great news from the vet! Lavi is perfectly healthy (even going so far as to say he's a little on the chunky side for his size). His fecal exam came back negative, and he's pretty much golden. The vet recommended alternating between calcium+vitamins and calcium with D3+vitamins each feeding, since the D3 could be a partial cause.

    Essentially, the vet said that he's just at that point in his life cycle where his eating habits will start to change, and that the change in season could do it too. He wants me to keep a close eye on his weight, and if he loses any, to bring him back in. But aside from that, my husbandry is now completely on-point. He's using the warm dry hide more now that I dropped the temps to around 90F on the hot side (thank you thermostat). His humid hide is good and the humidity in my room is dropping to a comfy 45-50% (thank you, dehumidifier and a big fat dart to Florida humidity).

    I'll give the crickets a shot once I get my hands on some, but for now I want him to relax for a bit after all the stress of a trip to Gainesville from Ocala (good 45 minute drive one way) and a vet exam (got there around 9 this morning and didn't leave until around noon).

    Thanks again for all the help everyone, and thanks for all those cricket tips and the feeding video. I'll be sure to look back at this thread for tips and such later on. OH! And he's actually a Bell Albino; I sent a pic to the breeder I know and she knew right off the bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gossamer View Post
    I thought about that, but the molted mealworms are only slightly lighter than the ones that aren't. Even mealworms that aren't molted pop really well against the bowl. The bowl itself is a dark brown, and the mealworms stand out against it very well, especially when dusted with the herp-cal and herpivite. I can't imagine this would be the problem, since he had no issue tracking them down before.

    He's going in tomorrow (I was able to scootch the appointment date up a bit) to get looked at, so we'll know then.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gossamer View Post
    Hey all! I have some great news from the vet! Lavi is perfectly healthy (even going so far as to say he's a little on the chunky side for his size). His fecal exam came back negative, and he's pretty much golden. The vet recommended alternating between calcium+vitamins and calcium with D3+vitamins each feeding, since the D3 could be a partial cause.

    Essentially, the vet said that he's just at that point in his life cycle where his eating habits will start to change, and that the change in season could do it too. He wants me to keep a close eye on his weight, and if he loses any, to bring him back in. But aside from that, my husbandry is now completely on-point. He's using the warm dry hide more now that I dropped the temps to around 90F on the hot side (thank you thermostat). His humid hide is good and the humidity in my room is dropping to a comfy 45-50% (thank you, dehumidifier and a big fat dart to Florida humidity).

    I'll give the crickets a shot once I get my hands on some, but for now I want him to relax for a bit after all the stress of a trip to Gainesville from Ocala (good 45 minute drive one way) and a vet exam (got there around 9 this morning and didn't leave until around noon).

    Thanks again for all the help everyone, and thanks for all those cricket tips and the feeding video. I'll be sure to look back at this thread for tips and such later on. OH! And he's actually a Bell Albino; I sent a pic to the breeder I know and she knew right off the bat.
    You're quite welcome.

    Sounds like most Lavi's care is good.

    May I ask what your dusting schedule is now? Rep-Cal's calcium with D3 has an extremely high amount of D3. That's not good. I recommend switching to Zoo Med's D3 Repti Calcium. That has much less D3, but enough. For a comparison of D3 calcium products scroll to post 24 right after my Leo Guidelines.

    Rep-Cal's Herptivite just contains vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. Research done on chameleons shows that they do not absorb vitamin A in that form. Geckos need a wee bit of pre-formed vitamin A. I use and like Zoo Med's no D3 (plain) Reptivite.

    The healthier the dry diet fed to the bugs and worms, the less you'll need to depend upon lightly dusting with supplements. Most of the nutrition/vitamins should come from the actual diet and not the supplements. The above works well for my geckos.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    I'm actually trying to figure that out now. Since he's not eating very much/on a predictable schedule currently (and I can't blame him, with the shed and then the vet trip) I'm just going to give my mealworms cornflakes or maybe plain Cherrios to eat and dust them with the plain calcium and herpivite before I put them in the bowl. I guess the oats I was giving them wasn't enough?

    What would you recommend, since my main goal is to get him back to eating more? You're much more versed in this stuff than I am, so any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm also definitely going to switch vitamins after seeing that analysis you provided (my lab tech side GREATLY appreciated the chemical breakdown comparisons).

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