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    So, my big female Firefly has recently developed armpit bubbles, and after weighing her recently, shes come out to 101 grams, and while she is a big gecko (shes like. 9 inches long), Ive noticed that her belly is barely off the ground when she walks.

    Ive completely cut her occasional waxworm treat, and have been giving her a lot less food, but shes still gaining weight. I dont want to starve her, but even getting ten medium crickets three times a week is causing her to gain weight. This may be because she refuses to hunt (she just sits in her cave and waits for the crickets to come to her and if I try to remove the decor so the crickets dont have a cave to crawl into, she just waves her tail at me). Is there anything I can do? Ive tried taking her out more to let her explore my bed but shes... not very nice. Aka she likes to bite me and tries to escape off of my bed so Im worried that shell take off and disappear.

    I know shes overweight and I know thats bad for her, but Im sort of at a loss of what to do rn. Any suggestions?

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    Please share a photo of Firefly. Perhaps even a video of her walking around! That really helps. How old is she?

    Instead of ten medium crickets three times a week, try reducing feedings to two times weekly.

    I've heard that waxworms contain some vitamin C. Offering a waxworm or two only a couple times per month is really all that's desirable.
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    I've had lots of problems with overweight leos in the past. 10 med crickets three times a week is still a lot. I used to feed them as much as they could eat but they got too chubby. Now I feed them either around four adult super worms every three days, or 4-5 large crickets every three days. A pic would help. It's pretty easy for leos to get fat in captivity just due to their lazy nature. I only give waxworms to my geckos around once a month.

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    I don’t know exactly how old she is, but I’d wager about two years? Here she is standing up (and being annoyed because I moved her hide so I could take the picture)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfire View Post
    I don’t know exactly how old she is, but I’d wager about two years? Here she is standing up (and being annoyed because I moved her hide so I could take the picture)

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    About how long is Firefly?
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    She’s about 8 1/2-9 inches. She’s a big girl. A big squirmy girl so getting her to stay still is... a challenge.
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    yeah i'd def just cut the feedings down, like already been suggested offer less less often, she has enough fat reserves she could probably go months without eating lmao. i have a couple that started putting on weight too and i'm now in the same situation with having to cut back with them. luckily breeding season is right around the corner an they'll prob stop eating so much on their own and egg production will shave some weight off too :P
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    Yeah. I’ve cut her feeding down by a lot- she’s only getting fed twice a week now with the occasional freshly molted superworm treat. She’s getting no more than 5 crickets twice a week. It’s hard to balance it because out of all of them, she has the best “feed me” face so it’s a bit hard for me not to give in. Doesn’t help that I’m a sucker for the leos in the first place haha.

    As for the fat reserves? I actually once joked to my mom that she could probably go half a year without food and still be perfectly fine. She’s a big girl. I do find it interesting that she packed on so many grams in the past few months though. Every since breeding season ended shes been eating everything, but this time last year she was at about 80 grams (which seems to be her average weight)
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    I have 3 girls at 80 grams right now they each habe slightly different builds tho.. One is longer then the other 2 an one has a fatter tail then the other 2 but ya totally after the breeding season ended they plumped up. Sounds like you got a good game plan and ya I'm totally a sucker for the feed me face too lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfire View Post
    Yeah. I’ve cut her feeding down by a lot- she’s only getting fed twice a week now with the occasional freshly molted superworm treat. She’s getting no more than 5 crickets twice a week. It’s hard to balance it because out of all of them, she has the best “feed me” face so it’s a bit hard for me not to give in. Doesn’t help that I’m a sucker for the leos in the first place haha.

    As for the fat reserves? I actually once joked to my mom that she could probably go half a year without food and still be perfectly fine. She’s a big girl. I do find it interesting that she packed on so many grams in the past few months though. Every since breeding season ended shes been eating everything, but this time last year she was at about 80 grams (which seems to be her average weight)
    80 grams seems quite adequate for a 9 inch leopard gecko.
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