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    Do leos have a "wall" that they hit as far as food intake goes?? (ball pythons usually hit a fasting stage between 500-800 grams or sub adult size). My guy is maybe 3-4 months old, he's gone from 9 grams when I got him 2/16/19 to 30 grams yesterday.

    He is still eating and I occasionally catch him drinking, just not as much food as before. I have caught him soaking (or at least standing in his water dish once on the warm day- described below). He was eating 10-20 insects a night, mostly Dubia and some mealworms - now hes' eating 3-7 insects a night - he seems much less interested in dubia as well, eats the mealworms much better.

    His stools are normal. He's active (at night).
    Hot Moist Hide: 86-88*F
    Hot Dry Hide: 88-90*F
    Ambient Hide: 73-76*F
    Ambient temperatures: 86- 88*F hot side, 73-75*F mid cage, 68-73*F cool side
    Cool Hide 68-73*F

    His ambient temps are controlled by an UTH under the two hot hides, and a CHE over the same side. The UTH is on a vision electronics thermostat, the CHE is on a dimmer at 1/2 power (it was on its own thermostat, but it died and the other has not arrived yet).

    This did start a few days ago when we had a really abnormally warm day and our house got up to 78*F for about 24 hours, but I was home monitoring him and turned off his CHE completely. His whole cage was a uniform 76-78*F other than his hot hides that the thermostat maintained. I feel like that shouldn't have been too big of a deal though. The temps in the house raised gradually, I knew it was coming and got his cage prepared as much as I could.

    Am I being a paranoid mother or what?? [Also, as soon as his stools are large enough I am going to have a fecal check just in case, the first sample I sent was a little too small to get a 100% accurate result- it was negative, but I want to do a full parasite / gi profile]

    I also read the "not eating gecko sticky", but he is eating, just eating less.
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    As they get to be older juvies and then adults they may eat less sometimes. I have had geckos in the winter (and ovulating females) that didn't eat for weeks and continue to be fine. It's ok if he varies his intake.

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