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    I think, and I could be wrong, but I think some geckos are just picky eaters...no matter what. My gecko of 17 years, was being fed mealworms for the first 10 years of his life, by his other owner. When I took over he was malnourished and had MBD...kinda crippled limbs. I immediately decided to get him on crickets, as I had read they had a bit more nutrition. So I started feeding him crickets that were gut-loaded and dusted with calcium and D3. He got nice and healthy! Gained weight, and started walking normally again...and his tremors went away. Oddly enough, he would not eat mealworms EVER again...no matter how many times I tried. He just would not eat them. But, I needed another feeder for variety, and being lazy, only went to PetSmart for my feeders (I'll never buy them there again). PetSmart has zero feeder selection, so the only other thing I could think of buying from them, that he hadn't tried, was waxworms. He got addicted to them! And for a bit, wouldn't eat anything else...even the crickets. So what did I do? I refused to feed him anything but crickets, and he would never get a waxworm again, until he ate his crickets. Eventually, he relented and ate his crickets. And me, I only gave him waxworms once in awhile, as a treat. I never wanted him hooked on them again, LOL.

    Your gecko might not like hornworms. The only way to find out is to not feed him anything else, and see how it goes. But personally, I'd buy a little bit of every feeder that is out there, and get him to try them all, as you might find he prefers certain things you weren't aware of. My new gecko of two weeks, is only 8 months old...still a juvenile, and he chomped down two big dusted hornworms tonight (about 1.5" each - big), and he also ate 6 full-grown dusted crickets, and a large dusted superworm. My little guy can eat, and so far he'll eat ANYTHING I put in front of him. I made up my mind with this new gecko to make him try everything, and so far he likes: mealworms, superworms, Phoenix worms, hornworms, dubia roaches and crickets. I have not given him waxworms yet, but am thinking of doing so, as I have read juveniles do need some fat intake. I am leery though, as I don't want him getting hooked on them, and ignoring his other feeders.

    BTW, hornworms barely move at all. They move in extreme slow motion, so your hornworm might be alright.

    Also, be aware that any kind of stress will affect your geckos appetite, so if he's not eating right, give him lots of time by himself...don't pick him up, don't startle him, just leave him be and observe him from the other side of the glass.

    Check out RainbowMealworms.com. They have reasonable prices and fast delivery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Are you getting 50 or more?

    Clean the enclosure every time you get a new supply of dubia.

    Leave their food in jar lids. I use the 48 ounce size Jif peanut butter lids. They have ridges for the dubia to climb. I also leave a small section of egg crate right over the food. That may help the dubia climb in.

    Replace the food when the dish/lid is nearly empty.
    Okay, I will get this started as soon as I can! Thank you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoFanboy View Post
    I think, and I could be wrong, but I think some geckos are just picky eaters...no matter what. My gecko of 17 years, was being fed mealworms for the first 10 years of his life, by his other owner. When I took over he was malnourished and had MBD...kinda crippled limbs. I immediately decided to get him on crickets, as I had read they had a bit more nutrition. So I started feeding him crickets that were gut-loaded and dusted with calcium and D3. He got nice and healthy! Gained weight, and started walking normally again...and his tremors went away. Oddly enough, he would not eat mealworms EVER again...no matter how many times I tried. He just would not eat them. But, I needed another feeder for variety, and being lazy, only went to PetSmart for my feeders (I'll never buy them there again). PetSmart has zero feeder selection, so the only other thing I could think of buying from them, that he hadn't tried, was waxworms. He got addicted to them! And for a bit, wouldn't eat anything else...even the crickets. So what did I do? I refused to feed him anything but crickets, and he would never get a waxworm again, until he ate his crickets. Eventually, he relented and ate his crickets. And me, I only gave him waxworms once in awhile, as a treat. I never wanted him hooked on them again, LOL.

    Your gecko might not like hornworms. The only way to find out is to not feed him anything else, and see how it goes. But personally, I'd buy a little bit of every feeder that is out there, and get him to try them all, as you might find he prefers certain things you weren't aware of. My new gecko of two weeks, is only 8 months old...still a juvenile, and he chomped down two big dusted hornworms tonight (about 1.5" each - big), and he also ate 6 full-grown dusted crickets, and a large dusted superworm. My little guy can eat, and so far he'll eat ANYTHING I put in front of him. I made up my mind with this new gecko to make him try everything, and so far he likes: mealworms, superworms, Phoenix worms, hornworms, dubia roaches and crickets. I have not given him waxworms yet, but am thinking of doing so, as I have read juveniles do need some fat intake. I am leery though, as I don't want him getting hooked on them, and ignoring his other feeders.

    BTW, hornworms barely move at all. They move in extreme slow motion, so your hornworm might be alright.

    Also, be aware that any kind of stress will affect your geckos appetite, so if he's not eating right, give him lots of time by himself...don't pick him up, don't startle him, just leave him be and observe him from the other side of the glass.

    Check out RainbowMealworms.com. They have reasonable prices and fast delivery.
    Well it’s funny because last night I tried giving him a waxworm and he didn’t want it but the day before he ate maybe like 8 crickets, and it was the first time in a few weeks that he ate a decent amount in one sitting. He also gained weight, but I’m assuming that’s from the waxworms. So I’m not sure if he’s just being picky, em he’s fasting, or both? Do you know how long they go without eating sometimes when they fast?
    -Brooke :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by buppiboyo12 View Post
    Well it’s funny because last night I tried giving him a waxworm and he didn’t want it but the day before he ate maybe like 8 crickets, and it was the first time in a few weeks that he ate a decent amount in one sitting. He also gained weight, but I’m assuming that’s from the waxworms. So I’m not sure if he’s just being picky, em he’s fasting, or both? Do you know how long they go without eating sometimes when they fast?
    Alan's fast is over. Alan made a good decision! If he's full, he won't usually eat. Try feeding him 2-3 times per week. Crickets contain fat too. He'll gain healthy weight eating crickets.

    Sometimes leos go for months without eating, but scarcely lose any weight.

    Have you seen this chart?

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    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-06-2018 at 08:59 AM.
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    ===> 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Alan's fast is over. Alan made a good decision! If he's full, he won't usually eat. Try feeding him 2-3 times per week. Crickets contain fat too. He'll gain healthy weight eating crickets.

    Sometimes leos go for months without eating, but scarcely lose any weight.

    Have you seen this chart?

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    Yes, I have seen the chart. I will keep a close eye on Alan for the next month or so and offer him food every couple of days.

    Once I see that he is beginning to get back on track with an eating schedule, I'll start dusting regularly. If he starts eating more and more this week, I'll order the dubias over the weekend. I know how important they are, it's just that I really care about him eating for right now, and I know he likes crickets.

    So, if he starts eating more crickets again, I will order dubia and slowly replace the crickets w/ dubias. Also, by waiting out on the dubias I mean like maybe another week without them MAX. I don't want to offer him a ton of different foods all at once, I feel like it will stress him out.

    I will keep you all updated and if I have any more questions I will definitely hop back on this thread. I'm on this forum at least twice a day!

    Thanks everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by buppiboyo12 View Post
    I don't want to offer him a ton of different foods all at once, I feel like it will stress him out.
    It shouldn't stress him out at all. He'll either eat or ignore it.

    The ONLY thing that will ever stress your gecko out, in regards to food, is leaving live feeders crawling around his tank when he has no intention of eating them. With my last gecko, I would often leave a live cricket in the tank if it had gotten away and hidden, figuring my gcko would eat it at some point, which he did sometimes, but more often than not, he wouldn't eat the bug and I would always notice that leaving a live bug in his tank did stress him out a bit...and would affect his appetite. I have made a promise to myself with Scooby that I'll never leave live bugs roaming the tank. I now drop one bug in at a time, and wait to see if he eats it. If he doesn't, I remove it right away. Plus, if you leave live bugs in the tank, they crap all over the place and make it stinky and messy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoFanboy View Post
    It shouldn't stress him out at all. He'll either eat or ignore it.

    The ONLY thing that will ever stress your gecko out, in regards to food, is leaving live feeders crawling around his tank when he has no intention of eating them. With my last gecko, I would often leave a live cricket in the tank if it had gotten away and hidden, figuring my gcko would eat it at some point, which he did sometimes, but more often than not, he wouldn't eat the bug and I would always notice that leaving a live bug in his tank did stress him out a bit...and would affect his appetite. I have made a promise to myself with Scooby that I'll never leave live bugs roaming the tank. I now drop one bug in at a time, and wait to see if he eats it. If he doesn't, I remove it right away. Plus, if you leave live bugs in the tank, they crap all over the place and make it stinky and messy.
    Okay, I will try offering him different foods every other day or every couple of days. These past couple of days he has been coming out of his hides and hanging out when I'm in the room, whereas when I was in my room he would be always hiding so I think that he is adjusting which is good.

    Elizabeth, can you please re-attach your recommended feeding schedule? I'm going to start following it as soon as possible.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by buppiboyo12 View Post
    Okay, I will try offering him different foods every other day or every couple of days. These past couple of days he has been coming out of his hides and hanging out when I'm in the room, whereas when I was in my room he would be always hiding so I think that he is adjusting which is good.

    Elizabeth, can you please re-attach your recommended feeding schedule? I'm going to start following it as soon as possible.

    Thanks!
    Here goes Brooke. Alan is ready for schedule 125.

    Weekly Schedule 125 for Leopard Geckos 12 months old +

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .
    Further info on calcium, etc.
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    I do have one sort of "off topic" question. Is it better to take a Leo to the vet regularly or only when you can detect that something is wrong?

    I have had Alan for enough time now and he is somewhat tame (although he is also shy) and I'm wondering if it would be good to take him just to get a fecal exam and to make sure he is 100% healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buppiboyo12 View Post
    I do have one sort of "off topic" question. Is it better to take a Leo to the vet regularly or only when you can detect that something is wrong?

    I have had Alan for enough time now and he is somewhat tame (although he is also shy) and I'm wondering if it would be good to take him just to get a fecal exam and to make sure he is 100% healthy.

    (also how do you tag users?)
    thanks
    In many places good exotics vets are difficult to find. It's a good idea to find a vet early on. So bringing Alan in for a fecal and hands-on exam would not hurt.

    After that he'll probably be "good to go" and may not need more vet visits unless there is some problem.



    My vet will not do a fecal unless she's seen the patient.

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    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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