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    I've had Nel for just over a week now, and have only messed with her to change her dirty paper towels until today. I am having one issue that I didn't have with Wyrm when he was this small - she is very skittish and will not eat anything unless I put the bugs in her hide one at a time throughout the day.

    Each night I have left a wide variety of bugs in a small dish right outside of her hide - it's clear and she can see them, but she won't go after them. I've tried multiple dishes and multiple insects. I even tried Wyrms old pie-dish hunting bowl- she ignored those bugs too.

    Basically I feel like if she has to leave her hide long enough to hunt, she won't. She does switch hides and move around the cage to get to her poo spot and the cooler hidese, so I know she comes out.

    I don't mind having to hand feed - but since she is in a hide I have to listen to try and hear her eating I have missed a few bugs. When I cleaned her cage today there were several roaches and crickets under her paper towels that she had missed. I worry that the crickets could chew on her if I don't get them all out :/ Also her cage is cluttered to help with stress, so any bugs that get away from her hide under rocks / along the edges of the tile where she can't get the them.

    I did weigh her today and she has gained 2 grams, so she is getting something. 3 sides of the cage are blacked out. Her temps are perfect - 88-90 in both warm hides, 74 in the middle hide, and 70-72 in the coolest hide. Temps are maintained by a micro CHE over the hot moist hide and a UTH covering about 1/4 of the cage on a proportional thermostat. She has water in three shallow dishes scattered about the cage. Supplement schedule is the one that is on here from Elizabeth F. I use all zoo med supplements. D3 once a week, calcium once a week, and vitamin once a week. No UVB for her since she is a shorter cage.

    EDIT: I should note that once Wyrm outgrew his pie-dish he also became spoiled and prefers to be hand fed. But I also have a good sense on how many insects he will eat at a time. If I put his mealworms in a bowl he will perch on the edge and watch them, then stare at me as if to say "thanks, but I need them in my mouth please". He will only eat from a dish if I'm out of town and he has no choice - even then he eats far less than when he is hand fed....so...having two to hand feed isn't really a problem...at least not once I know how much she should have.
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    Turns out I just needed to be more patient lol. . . She ate 6 crickets from a bowl yesterday afternoon and 7 more over night. All I changed was adding two flat pieces of shale to either side of the bowl to act like a "foot stool".


    I also contacted the rescue last night and they have been feeding crickets since she hatched, so I guess she might not recognize other bugs as food yet - she will eat roaches if they are moving, but looses interest as soon as they pause, which they do in a bowl :/
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    Glad things are working out!

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