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    Hello! First post here on this forum so be gentle.
    One of my rescue Leos has stopped eating for about two weeks, although four days ago she ate a
    single mealworm and then stopped eating again. Her stats are:
    Morph: Leusistic
    Age: 3-4 years, no confirmed birth date.
    Sex: Female
    Breeder: No

    Another stat about her... She was attacked by a larger animal. I don't know what attacked her, but at the reptile expo where I obtained her the seller said she was "injured" by another animal. She has a tail that is currently still in the process of regrowing and a few scratches above her head that have gotten better since I got her about a month ago. She is also EXTREMELY squirmy and defensive. Whenever I put my hand in her tank she wiggles her tail in the defensive pose and runs away. The closest I get to touching her is when I just lay my hand in her tank and don't move. Then she comes over and licks it. Her belly is nice milky white so no chance of impaction. She currently lives in a 10 gallon aquarium, with a mat as the substrate, two large hides, one cool and humid while the other nice and warm. It looks like a skull and she likes to laze on top of it. Another fact that might help... She pigged out on 25+ Calci-Grubs before she went on the strike. I have a fair amount of experience with reptiles and exotics but this is the longest one of my geckos ever went on a feeding strike and I am getting kind of worried. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    DaGeckoMan0260

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    I have had healthy geckos go on feeding strikes for much longer (the record is 6 months!). It may be worthwhile to try a few different feeders if you haven't done that already. Otherwise, I recommend that you keep offering and monitor tail size to be sure she isn't losing weight. If she'll let you hold her you could try gently poking the feeder into her mouth. Here are 2 articles I wrote about leopard gecko feeding problems:
    My Gecko is Not Eating: Why and How to Fix it - Gecko Time - Gecko Time
    "My Gecko Will Not Eat" Part 2 - Gecko Time - Gecko Time

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Sometimes geckos get tired of eating the same things. Try small hornworms to jump start your leo's appetite. Here are some other feeders to try:

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I have had healthy geckos go on feeding strikes for much longer (the record is 6 months!). It may be worthwhile to try a few different feeders if you haven't done that already. Otherwise, I recommend that you keep offering and monitor tail size to be sure she isn't losing weight. If she'll let you hold her you could try gently poking the feeder into her mouth. Here are 2 articles I wrote about leopard gecko feeding problems:
    My Gecko is Not Eating: Why and How to Fix it - Gecko Time - Gecko Time
    "My Gecko Will Not Eat" Part 2 - Gecko Time - Gecko Time

    Aliza
    Thanks for the reply, Aliza!
    I have been trying different foods and I'll check out those links you mentioned. She still has a fat tail and a reasonable body, but she could be fatter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Sometimes geckos get tired of eating the same things. Try small hornworms to jump start your leo's appetite. Here are some other feeders to try:

    17342539_1319514908116112_444175116466682477_n.jpg
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    Click: Hornworm Guidelines
    Thanks for the reply, Elizabeth!
    The next time I get feeders for my reptiles I will get a few small hornies too.

    DaGeckoMan0260

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