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    Quote Originally Posted by MicheleVicchitto View Post

    When we got him, he was on the thin side. Unfortunately, I overcompensated a bit and he now needs to lose a bit of weight (as per our vet .
    Motivate him to move by allowing him to chase down his insects, if you haven't switched to loose substrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blush50 View Post
    Motivate him to move by allowing him to chase down his insects, if you haven't switched to loose substrate.
    We just switched to a loose substrate, but since the stupid roaches like climbing out of his dish, I've been feeding him in a separate container and giving him a change to chase them. Plus he's currently only being fed once a week and I'm sticking with roaches ONLY for a bit. We were feeding him mealworms, but every time he eats them, he starts gaining again (it's entirely possible someone (...me...) feels guilty and gives him TOO many mealworms..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MicheleVicchitto View Post
    We just switched to a loose substrate, but since the stupid roaches like climbing out of his dish, I've been feeding him in a separate container and giving him a change to chase them. Plus he's currently only being fed once a week and I'm sticking with roaches ONLY for a bit. We were feeding him mealworms, but every time he eats them, he starts gaining again (it's entirely possible someone (...me...) feels guilty and gives him TOO many mealworms..
    You need a feeding dish with smooth sides. Perhaps Elizabeth has some dish ideas on her caresheet, I've never used dishes for leopard geckos.

    The problem with feeding outside of the enclosure is they will not be warm enough. What is comfortable for most humans, is not ideal for leo digestion. Some will have a decreased feeding response, not eat at all or even regurgitate food.

    Once a week feeding..... hmm. I don't want to shift this off topic so I won't comment further unless you ask
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    I feed adults once a week. It won’t matter when because they will be hungry and ready. Juveniles, I feed whenever they’re hungry. I don’t ever worry about obesity until they’re adult.
    Quote Originally Posted by MicheleVicchitto View Post
    Hello once again, it's me, your friendly neighborhood leopard gecko newbie (aka "She of a Million Questions").

    So, I've got Donovan on the 12-18 month old feeding schedule.

    Do you all feed your geckos in the morning or in the evening/early evening? I've been feeding in the evening, but when I sat down this morning near his enclosure, he keeps giving me the "where's breakfast, lady?" look. (Of course, he also helped himself to a morning snack by finding the escaped dubia roach and eating it - I had just put my hand in his enclosure like I've been doing several times a day and he came out of his hide -- I got very excited thinking we were making progress -- but no....he came out to grab a quick snack and leave.)

    My other question is, when you're working on making friends with your gecko, do you put your hand in the enclosure before you feed them? AFTER you feed them? On the off days when you don't feed them???

    I ask, because I was putting my hand in this morning after he finished munching on his snack and he came out of his hide, but he was doing his pre-chomp shimmy so I opted to remove my hand. Not that he bites hard or anything, but I'm trying to avoid any negative interactions between us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    I feed adults once a week. It won’t matter when because they will be hungry and ready. Juveniles, I feed whenever they’re hungry. I don’t ever worry about obesity until they’re adult.
    Thank you. Unfortunately, since I made this post, a few things were determined.
    1. Donnie is definitely an adult.
    2. While he was slightly underweight when I got him, I over-compensated tremendously and now the little bugger is very chonky (as per the vet when I took him for his well visit - thankfully other than him being overweight, she was very pleased with his condition).
    3. Donnie is on a diet and being fed once a week at the moment (and we have officially quit feeding mealworms since, even eating once a week, he still gained weight thanks to them -- the vet referred to them as McDonalds for geckos). He is on a mostly dubia roach diet - dusted alternating weeks with Calcium with D3 because he refuses to come out under his Shadedweller light and a recommended multivitamin). He has also decided he likes silkworms, but they grow way too fast for them to be a practical food source with only ONE gecko in the house.
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    Nice! Mine eats gut loaded dubias as well. By far the best feeder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MicheleVicchitto View Post
    Thank you. Unfortunately, since I made this post, a few things were determined.
    1. Donnie is definitely an adult.
    2. While he was slightly underweight when I got him, I over-compensated tremendously and now the little bugger is very chonky (as per the vet when I took him for his well visit - thankfully other than him being overweight, she was very pleased with his condition).
    3. Donnie is on a diet and being fed once a week at the moment (and we have officially quit feeding mealworms since, even eating once a week, he still gained weight thanks to them -- the vet referred to them as McDonalds for geckos). He is on a mostly dubia roach diet - dusted alternating weeks with Calcium with D3 because he refuses to come out under his Shadedweller light and a recommended multivitamin). He has also decided he likes silkworms, but they grow way too fast for them to be a practical food source with only ONE gecko in the house.
    How is once a week working out? Any weight loss?

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