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    I've had the leopard gecko for five days now. The first day, he ate around 15 mealworms, by hand. The second day I placed them on the ground and he ate none. The last three days he's eaten between 2-5 per day. He doesn't seem greatly interested in them unless they squirm a ton, they just can't consistently attract his attention for more than a short span, if that. Mealworms of course burrow under the Eco Earth making them inaccessible. He's had his first toilet break today too.

    I ordered some dubia roach adults to breed, just waiting for them to arrive and then produce. Has anyone noticed roaches causing a better feeding response because they scurry more?

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    Try a dish. I really like the OMEM size medium, it will even contain dubia. I leave it out overnight, he'll usually eat all the mealworms or whatever I put in there, eventually by morning. He usually eats them right away, and they say not to leave food, but that doesn't matter in your case if he's not eating at all.

    Mine is still young though and eats every day. If yours is older than a year he doesn't need to eat every day.

    Also try crickets.

    Also, don't sweat it too much. You haven't had him long enough to be so concerned about not eating. Mine took about four weeks to really eat well, and now he eats aggressively, always coming out to see what's for dinner when I open the tank. He seems really happy with a variety, getting at least a few crickets every other day, along with mealworms, superworms, and whatever else I happen to have. He seems to like eating anything that moves. And he's getting plump, it's not that he's hungry.
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    Okay, thank you. I do worry too much, especially since this is my first reptile. I had a little bowl in there for him to eat from and he pretty much ignored it. I guess if I left it in there long enough he'd figure it out, being he won't starve himself. Also, I'd want to sometimes feed him out of a bowl just so he can hunt and stalk his prey. He has been gaining weight and eating a little bit almost every night. I bought him at ten grams and now he's up to thirteen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CheshireGleam View Post
    Has anyone noticed roaches causing a better feeding response because they scurry more?
    With African Fat tailed geckos, yes. I have one female in particular that refuses superworms. She eats crickets ok, but those roaches- man, does that gecko come to life when I throw a dubia in there. I assume that it is the movement that triggers the feeding response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    With African Fat tailed geckos, yes. I have one female in particular that refuses superworms. She eats crickets ok, but those roaches- man, does that gecko come to life when I throw a dubia in there. I assume that it is the movement that triggers the feeding response.
    That is the opposite for me! Crickets trigger my knob tails more than anything, roaches are just okay for them.

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    Thanks guys, he's eating fine now and looks forward to being fed. When I ordered the dubia roaches, I received some sample black soldier fly larvae in a little condiment cup. He really likes those since they crawl so I ordered more along with some small superworms and more roaches since the ones I got weren't the size I picked. The mealworms are good enough. I haven't tried crickets because they're either out of stock, overpriced and the ones at the pet store are often half dead. Any good places to pick up some crickets would be appreciated, if not I'll try my luck at the pet store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheshireGleam View Post
    Thanks guys, he's eating fine now and looks forward to being fed. When I ordered the dubia roaches, I received some sample black soldier fly larvae in a little condiment cup. He really likes those since they crawl so I ordered more along with some small superworms and more roaches since the ones I got weren't the size I picked. The mealworms are good enough. I haven't tried crickets because they're either out of stock, overpriced and the ones at the pet store are often half dead. Any good places to pick up some crickets would be appreciated, if not I'll try my luck at the pet store.
    My Petco has unpackaged crickets in tubs in their back room. Those might be in better condition than the pre-packaged crickets you see on the shelves.

    I order several sizes of crickets from Armstrong's Crickets. Lately I've downsized my order of 1/2 growns to 500. Under proper conditions, it's easy to keep them alive for 1 month or longer. My last order was October 10. They are flourishing! Armstrong's may sell lots of 250.

    Are you interested in breeding your mealworms? It's super easy! They scarcely require any "babysitting"!
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    Thanks, I'll look into ordering some from there or checking my Petco. I do breed the mealworms and it's quite enjoyable, too! I started breeding them for my mice a few months ago and because I knew I was getting a leopard gecko. I have three bins of ones that I've bred. They aren't up to size but will be in a few weeks so I ordered some before I got the leo. I have around forty pupa and some new beetles already for the next generation!
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    I've been using a human grade heat pad for the roaches but it shuts off every hour. Would a mini zoo-med heat mat work for a thick plastic container? On Amazon it says it will and any size larger would burn through. Has anyone used this before or have any other suggestions for heating?

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    I use this:
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