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    My leo, Espen (who I have identified as a she, finally!), only eats once to twice a week. I understand that adults and chonky geckos tend to eat less (she is mayhap slightly pudgy but not obese). I feed Espen a mix of morio worms, dubias, and the occasional hornworm because those are the only things she will consistently eat. We are working on moving to more variety, but I would rather she eat those than nothing. I offer food three times a week, but she only accepts once or sometimes twice depending. She's active, a healthy weight, and has the appropriate set-up, so I'm not worried, but I was curious to see if anyone else had a similar experience? Her previous owner said once or twice a week has been standard since she was still a juvenile.

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    I would say some geckos are like humans. Some have more of an appetite and some have less. As long as the human (or gecko) is healthy, eating good things and at a decent weight. That is what matters.

    What is your supplementation schedule? Maybe give us a picture as well of her, that would help us see how she is doing. Also the temperatures in your enclosure would be useful. Both the ground temp inside the warm hide as well as the ambient air temperature.

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    The ambient air temp at her level above the heating pad is about 80, and I will assume they are between 75-80 in the warm hides (I have a more airy one and a tighter one she likes to move between), and the temp on the cool side doesn't drop below 70. The heating pad covers about a third of my 40 breeder and I keep it on a thermostat at around 90, depending on how cold it gets.

    I dust with D3 vitamin (Repashy calcium plus with D3) and any additional feedings with plain calcium.

    Here is the most recent pic I have. I haven't weighed her because she is not safely handleable, but I pay close attention to the thickness of her tail and overall body shape. Her tail is about the width of her head and hasn't changed.

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