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    Hi,
    Can anyone help in any way. My 5 month old leopard gecko is refusing food and has been doing this a little over a week now! She has maybe eaten 2-3 mealworms since last week! She is usually quite a good eater and will eat around 8-12 mealworms each evening without any bother. She then started refusing food every other evening but would then eat an ok amount the day after so I wasnít too concerned. Now she wonít eat anything! I have tried different foods such as crickets and locusts but she wonít even look. If I put food right in front of her or wiggle it about, she will lick it and walk off. She hasnít shown any interest in anything. Last week she weighed 39g and sheís lost 1g this week through not eating. Sheís looking quite skinny today and is still refusing food. She is quite happy to come out and be handled. I have checked the temperature in her vivarium and both the temp and humidity is the same as itís always been, if anything, I have increased the temp slightly to 32 degrees Celsius to see whether she was cold. She hasnít been in her cooler hide the last week or so either, she prefers to be either in her hot hide or mostly in the tiny Coconut one we have tried to also place on the warm side, she refuses to leave this one!
    She seems fine in herself, Iíve checked her nose, eyes and skin for anything out of the ordinary but thereís no change. She also would have been due a shed within the last few days but with her not eating, she doesnít appear to be preparing to shed.
    I have left mealworms in a dish in her viv over night to give her peace to eat them when she wants them but she hasnít eaten anything.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

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    Sorry you're having a hard time. 1 gram is not a concern. I have found that sometimes geckos go on hunger strikes. I'd recommend offering food every other day and see if she'll accept it. You could try holding her gently and poking a feeder at her mouth. Maybe she'll bite it and eat it. If you continue to feel concern, see if you can find a reptile vet to take her to.

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    Hi Adele ~ Sometimes geckos go on food strikes.

    How is your leopard gecko doing now? Has there been an improvement in her appetite?

    Did she ultimately shed on schedule?
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    one of my leopard geckos literally wonít eat unless i hand feed him with tongs! his mouth/eye coordination is off i think and he gives up after he canít get it the first couple of times. try tong feeding!

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    Some geckos tend to go on hunger strikes, but a week is a while so here’s a tip...

    Cut off a mealworms head and squeeze out a little juice (I know its disgusting) and make your gecko lick it, once tastes it she will probably bite it.

    Keep an eye on here for any more weird behaviors, maybe call and talk to your local vet about it.

    Hope this helps!
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    One week is nothing, itīs pretty normal especially for adults. Some of my geckos used to not eat for months.

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