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    So my Leo is new and I know itís normal that they donít eat since they have to adjust and such BUT he has dropped his tail. He had dropped it about a week prior to me getting him. He is a baby, donít no exactly how old. I know when they drop their tail, they donít have any fat stored and need to be feed lots of protein and plenty of calcium. My question is, do you guys think that he will still be ok without food for a few days? Thanks for any advice!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    The best thing you can do right now is keep him free from additional stress That way he'll settle in as quickly as possible.
    • Don't handle him at all.
    • Keep his tail wound clean and dry.
    • Keep fresh water in the enclosure all the times.
    • To make your leo's enclosure more private please cover 2 sides with brown paper from grocery bags. If he's not up against a wall, cover the back too.

    In order to metabolize calcium a leo needs vitamin D3 on a 1x per week basis, depending upon the supplement chosen.

    Please share these details.
    1. Is the new tail beginning to grow?
    2. Keep him on paper towels or tile especially while his tail regenerates.
    3. A photo of him including his length
    4. What size is his enclosure?
    5. Have you chosen powdered supplement(s)? Which ones?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-15-2019 at 12:36 AM. Reason: typo
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> 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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    Thank you so much for replying! The new tail is growing in beautifully and I do have paper towel. I have a photo but couldn’t measure him without stressing him out. By looking at him and with a tape measure in my hand I would say he’s three inches. He is in a twenty gallon and I know that’s big for him but that’s all I could get
    I am trying to fill the space so that it not so huge and stressful for him. I dust his food in Fluckers Reptile Calcium that has vitamin D. I have covered the sides and back of the enclosure. Thank you again!

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    This is him in a different enclosure while I was getting his ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EchoTheLeopardGecko View Post
    Thank you so much for replying! The new tail is growing in beautifully and I do have paper towel. I have a photo but couldn’t measure him without stressing him out. By looking at him and with a tape measure in my hand I would say he’s three inches. He is in a twenty gallon and I know that’s big for him but that’s all I could get
    I am trying to fill the space so that it not so huge and stressful for him. I dust his food in Fluckers Reptile Calcium that has vitamin D. I have covered the sides and back of the enclosure. Thank you again!
    You're welcome.

    A 20 (long ?) is excellent for even a young leo. Make sure he has at least 3 hides: warm dry, warm moist, and cool dry. A cork bark tunnel might make a nice addition.

    Feed him all he'll eat in about 15 minutes.

    Fluker's D3 calcium contains more than enough vitamin D3. D3 is fat soluble. It sticks around in a leo's body for about a week. Vitamin D3 not flushed out when they pee.

    I recommend adding Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins without D3 to his schedule. That's available via the Reptile Supply Company in California and via Amazon.


    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (without UVB)
    Adapted for your leo

    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Fluker's Calcium with D3
    • Mealworms >> Tuesday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Wednesday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate without D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Crickets or dubia >> Thursday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Friday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    • Mealworms >> Saturday
    • No food or free choice >> Sunday
    When your Fluker's Calcium with D3 expires, buy Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 instead.


    Can you visually tell his sex? Wait till he's comfortable and eating prior to checking.

    Sexing Leopard Geckos -- At about 6 months old a leopard gecko's gender can be confirmed. Males can be distinguished from females by a distinct /\-shaped row of pores above the vent and by two hemipenal bulges below the vent. To see their vents, potential male pores, and hemipenal bulges gently press their bodies up against the glass. They'll squirm if you try to turn them over.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> 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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    Thank you so much! Food seems to be a hard subject to tackle and then throw in all the supplements and vitamins and it make my head spin lol. You have just put all the answers about feeding that I have search the internet for into a few simple to understand paragraphs! Thank you ��
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    Here are nutrition tips in addition to feeding your insects and worms a good dry diet 24/7.

    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> 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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    Wow. Thank you so much! I didn’t know about the potatoes, that’s what I’ve been giving my crickets, along with carrots. I also gave them to my mealworms. Also good to know that I can give them kale! Thx so much again. I am new to Leo’s but have been doing as much research as possible. These Forums are definitely a great blessing!
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    Hello! I just wanted to update you on Echo. He started eating today and gulped down three crickets and two or three mealworms! I’m so happy! Thank you for helping me and Echo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EchoTheLeopardGecko View Post
    Hello! I just wanted to update you on Echo. He started eating today and gulped down three crickets and two or three mealworms! I’m so happy! Thank you for helping me and Echo!
    You're most welcome!

    , Echo!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> 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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