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    Sorry I'm advance if this is the wrong thread. I give my young leopard gecko 10-15 small/medium mealies every night. Last night I gave him 1 very very tiny (only a couple centimeters big) horn worm to see if he liked them along with the rest of his dinner which was dusted with rep-cal calcium with D3 and rep-cal herptivite (I only dust about once every 1-2 weeks and leave a small cap of jurassical calcium without D3 in the tank 24/7). This morning I noticed that 6 mealies where left in his bowl which is not common for him but I didn't think anything of it. Then while I was changing his substrate (I use paper towels) he was hanging out on my hand and started shaking his head and making gagging noises and then threw up a big glob of mealworms. This is the first time he's done this. Temps in the tank reach 85-90 on the hot side and the cold side stays in the mid/high 70's and he always he's access to fresh water. Tank is a 10 gallon (I will upgrade to a bigger tank as he gets older but the size is perfect for him at the moment) I've read that it's possible that he could have had a problem digesting through the hard shell of the mealies but that has been his main diet in the pet store and since I've owned him (a little over a month) can someone please tell me what else might be causing this ? He still looks perfectly healthy and hasn't seemed to be acting any different then usual. Any help is extremely appreciated !

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    My first thought is that since the only change was food, that it might be what made him throw up his whole meal.
    Similar to when we get sick. It not just what made us ill that comes up but everything else as well.
    Are you noticing any undigested parts in his poop? That would clue you in to how he's digesting his food.
    How are you measuring your temperatures?
    Trying to just rule out other causes...
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    His poop looks normal although a couple weeks ago it was a little soft but that went away within a day. I have a thermometer on the floor of his tank on top on the UTH, it doesn't have a probe but I've found it to be accurate. I thought at first that maybe he got too full but he eats the same amount every night so then I thought maybe he got too much calcium with D3 and herpavite since I usually leave a little bit in the bowl because the powders don't stick very well to the mealies. Could be causing him to throw up ?

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    It might just be that the hornworm was more filling than he expected and he overate. If they overeat, they will sometimes bring back up the food. I wouldn't worry unless he keeps being sick.

    Perhaps next time offer him the hornworm and only a couple of (or none) mealworms to see how he handles that.
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    I personally prefer to offer just one type of food every day, I mean, I am a strong advocate for a VARIED DIET, however, basing myself in something I read long time ago about feeding dogs, I have come to believe that it's not the best to offer different feeders on the same meal, so, I provide as much variety as I can, but not on the same day.

    That being said, I wouldn't worry too much UNLESS he does it again, temps sound right, although I would try and increase temps n warm end a couple of degrees.

    If he does it again, I might consider a vet check, cause he might have gastroentheritis.

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    he hasn't really been wanting to eat and his poop hasn't been looking right. At first it looked normal but last night it looked fully white. I was thinking maybe it could be the calcium powder causing it to look white since I only recently started leaving the calcium powder in his tank (without D3) but I'm not sure if that would be causing him these issues or not. He's never seemed to have any issues with his occasional dustings (calcium with D3 and the reptivite) but shorty after putting the plain calcium in his tank he's seemed to have these issues. Plain calcium is not supposed to cause problems but that and the tiny horn worm I gave him the other night have been the only recent changes that he's had. I usually only feed mealies but have been considering switching to crickets and only feeding mealies 1-2 times a week as I read that they can cause impaction. Does anyone know if that is true ?

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