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    Hi, I'm pretty new to leopard geckos, I've only had one which was old and had no issues and passed naturally. However, my new leopard gecko has a partial eyelid (genetic deformity) and (I believe as he doesn't respond to stimulus) is blind and he has always been spotty with feeding but never unhealthy (his tail was never bigger than my pinky but he was actively eating), he is also really tiny. But in the past months he has refused to eat. I have tried different methods thinking he just no longer like my old method and varied the time (every 3ish weeks) to see if it was a timing thing but nothing seems to work as he wont even open his mouth (he used to) when the meal worm is presented to him. He is still active, crawling around his enclosure, and drinking water often but he is getting increasingly skinny. I have given him some honey (very diluted) water (he drank for a good 30 sec) and we are working on getting some calcium powder and other nutrients to mix in to the water, along with looking for a vet.

    Is there anything else i should (or shouldnt) do? Or anything you would recommend to try and improve his health?

    edit: I have read the post on meal worms and their affects on leos and I will be working to change his diet (I'm not sure how crickets will work since he cant see. I also shy away from them cause they have attacked my old gecko before)
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    There are some powdered foods you can mix up to feed him in puree fashion. I think one of them is called "Carnivore Care". It's also worth a vet visit to see if the parasite load has gotten too great for him; he may need medication. Another thing to think about is that some leos hatch with visible deformities but there may be other problems that we can't see. They may not live that long --sometimes they teeter on the edge with a lot of good care. Below is a link to the story of a gecko with deformities that a friend of mine cared for. This gecko lived for about a year and then passed away, even though she had been doing kind of OK for that year:

    https://geckotime.com/sela-a-story-o...l-needs-gecko/

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    yeah we have a vet visit during the next week ill be sure to look into carnivore care and some other powders

    it' be so sad to see him go he's really pretty and sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree View Post
    yeah we have a vet visit during the next week ill be sure to look into carnivore care and some other powders

    it' be so sad to see him go he's really pretty and sweet
    Best wishes for your leo!
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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    edit: I have read the post on meal worms and their affects on leos and I will be working to change his diet (I'm not sure how crickets will work since he cant see. I also shy away from them cause they have attacked my old gecko before)[/QUOTE]

    It's not ideal, but with crickets I will just give them a good pinch to the head with the tweezers so they don't start jumping away. Some geckos actually like when their prey moves, but I have one who prefers it when they don't. I've also had great success recently with dubia roaches...you can flip them on their back too so they won't just crawl away.

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    edit: I have read the post on meal worms and their affects on leos and I will be working to change his diet (I'm not sure how crickets will work since he cant see. I also shy away from them cause they have attacked my old gecko before)
    Smell is likely a bonus in your leo's case.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    ===> 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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    I slow down crickets by cutting off both back (jumper) legs right below their "knees". Those crickets can still crawl. Afterwards I place feeders in one of these clear glass, 8 ounce, Anchor brand storage bowls that Walmart carries.

    "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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