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    So we seem to be having an issue.

    Feeding option #1 -- small white ceramic with a lip designed to keep insects in. Donovan did okay with it, but the dubia roaches kept climbing on top of one another and getting out.
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    Feeding option #2 -- I tried using feeding tongs. But he bumped his nose on them and now doesn't want to eat that way.

    Feeding option #3 -- Anchor glass bowl, 8 oz. Approx. 2 inches deep. The dubia can't escape it, but Donovan saw the bugs and didn't realize about the glass. So then he just sat and stared at the bowl.
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    Feeding option #4 -- shallow stoneware bowl. maybe 1.25 deep with sloped sides. almost 6 inches in diameter so it's taking up a lot of space. Stupid roaches got out of it. Donovan chased down and grabbed one. But he's been ignoring the rest of the escapees.
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    He doesn't want to have anything to do with me other than peeking at me from his humid hide. I know, it's only been a week and a half and it takes time.

    I've got to find a solidly functional way of feeding him so I can keep track of what he's eating. And now he has me worried because he only ate like 3 roaches tonight (well, and one for a morning snack this morning).

    I'm open to any suggestions

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    I use a white deli cup with a hole cut in the center of the lid, big enough to admit the gecko.
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    So we seem to be having an issue.

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    Feeding option #3 -- Anchor glass bowl, 8 oz. Approx. 2 inches deep. The dubia can't escape it, but Donovan saw the bugs and didn't realize about the glass. So then he just sat and stared at the bowl.
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    1. Staring at the bowl = baby steps!

    I use the 8 ounce Anchor "storage" bowl with vertical sides sold by Amazon & Walmart. I add a sloped rock up to the bowl's lip. My leo scales the sloped rock to access her crickets. Skip a feeding so a bit of hunger motivates Donovan. Place him on the rock to show him that gives easier access to his dubia.


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    He doesn't want to have anything to do with me other than peeking at me from his humid hide. I know, it's only been a week and a half and it takes time.

    2. Patience is one key to success, Michele. Like you've mentioned he's ONLY going on 2 weeks with you guys.

    ONLY Donovan knows when he's full.



    I've got to find a solidly functional way of feeding him so I can keep track of what he's eating. And now he has me worried because he only ate like 3 roaches tonight (well, and one for a morning snack this morning).

    I'm open to any suggestions

    3. I use two 8.5 x 11 inch monthly calendars to monitor many things "gecko". Just a quick notation keeps me on track -- mostly.

    2x per month weighing could track his growth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    So we seem to be having an issue.

    . . . . . .

    Feeding option #3 -- Anchor glass bowl, 8 oz. Approx. 2 inches deep. The dubia can't escape it, but Donovan saw the bugs and didn't realize about the glass. So then he just sat and stared at the bowl.
    51xquEIF7OL._AC_SX425_.jpg

    1. Staring at the bowl = baby steps!

    I use the 8 ounce Anchor "storage" bowl with vertical sides sold by Amazon & Walmart. I add a sloped rock up to the bowl's lip. My leo scales the sloped rock to access her crickets. Skip a feeding so a bit of hunger motivates Donovan. Place him on the rock to show him that gives easier access to his dubia.


    . . . . . .

    He doesn't want to have anything to do with me other than peeking at me from his humid hide. I know, it's only been a week and a half and it takes time.

    2. Patience is one key to success, Michele. Like you've mentioned he's ONLY going on 2 weeks with you guys.

    ONLY Donovan knows when he's full.



    I've got to find a solidly functional way of feeding him so I can keep track of what he's eating. And now he has me worried because he only ate like 3 roaches tonight (well, and one for a morning snack this morning).

    I'm open to any suggestions

    3. I use two 8.5 x 11 inch monthly calendars to monitor many things "gecko". Just a quick notation keeps me on track -- mostly.

    2x per month weighing could track his growth.
    Hmmm....some kind of little steppy thing might help with the glass bowl issue (I feel like it's too tall for him but it's possible I am overthinking things), although putting him on the steppy thing won't work because he isn't ready for me to pick him up.

    Sigh. Patience. Not really my strong suit. (Excuse the Hugo the Abominable Snowman moment, but I want to "hug him and pet him and squeeze him...." and name him George.)

    I got a digital kitchen scale to keep track of his weight. Except he won't let won't let me take him out to weigh him.

    IS there any practical way to pick him up before he's fully on board with the idea? Or should I just calm the heck down and trust the process (if it's any reassurance, I was just as neurotic when I first had my snake AND when I first had my very first cat)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    So we seem to be having an issue.


    Feeding option #3 -- Anchor glass bowl, 8 oz. Approx. 2 inches deep. The dubia can't escape it, but Donovan saw the bugs and didn't realize about the glass. So then he just sat and stared at the bowl.
    51xquEIF7OL._AC_SX425_.jpg

    1. Staring at the bowl = baby steps!

    I use the 8 ounce Anchor "storage" bowl with vertical sides sold by Amazon & Walmart. I add a sloped rock up to the bowl's lip. My leo scales the sloped rock to access her crickets. Skip a feeding so a bit of hunger motivates Donovan. Place him on the rock to show him that gives easier access to his dubia.

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    So, you mentioned a rock or something. What about something like this that he can climb on to get to the bowl easier? Or am I still overthinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MicheleVicchitto View Post
    So, you mentioned a rock or something. What about something like this that he can climb on to get to the bowl easier? Or am I still overthinking?

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    This ramp may work well! After you place Donnie on the "steppy thing" a couple times he may figure out it leads to bugs!!! You da boss, Michele. Donnie will probably forgive you.

    My leo = 9 inches total length. I've had my leo's rock ramp ever since she's had her glass feeding bowl. I found the perfect rock on the beach.

    Please share an image of Donnie's entire enclosure. Each enclosure could be a work-in-progress. Right now Donnie is safety-conscious and quite curious. He doesn't know you all that well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    This ramp may work well! After you place Donnie on the "steppy thing" a couple times he may figure out it leads to bugs!!! You da boss, Michele. Donnie will probably forgive you.

    My leo = 9 inches total length. I've had my leo's rock ramp ever since she's had her glass feeding bowl. I found the perfect rock on the beach.

    Please share an image of Donnie's entire enclosure. Each enclosure could be a work-in-progress. Right now Donnie is safety-conscious and quite curious. He doesn't know you all that well.
    This is the current set up. The humid cave and log style hide are on the warm end of the enclosure. the skull and fake stone hide are on the cooler end. The far corner (opposite the skull) is his litter area.

    I have a leopard gecko litter box coming in the mail (if he uses it great, if not, no big deal). And I have an Arcadia Shadowdweller light showing up tomorrow (hopefully -- UPS and I are not getting along at the moment). I also have shelf liner coming because while I like the tile, I feel like escapee roaches are getting under it and hiding.

    He has been hiding in his humid hide a lot of the time (although he pokes his head out and stares at me whenever I sit down). After last night's less than successful feeding, I offered him some roaches with the tongs this evening and he ate four small ones for me. I don't leave his food dish in there other than when I'm feeding him.
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    Sometimes leos like to eat in private.

    1. What dimensions is this enclosure?
    2. Did you order non-adhesive shelf liner?

    Had I known you planned to buy Arcadia's ShadeDweller lighting so quickly my recs may have been different.

    Anyway, a slate substrate or a slate basking area is a superior stone for absorbing heat! Amazon has ~16 x 12 x 0.25 inch slate, coaster sized slate, & something in between.

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    PS:

    I really, REALLY, think Donovan would feel more comfortable eating when he feels like it. That's similar to what he'd do "in the wild". That includes times when you're absent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    I use a white deli cup with a hole cut in the center of the lid, big enough to admit the gecko.
    After considering your options, I think Herpin Man's recommendation for a feeding dish is the best option we have.

    1. Take a shallow container, ~3 inches tall and ~5-6 inches in diameter.
    2. With a soldering iron melt a hole in the lid big enough for Donovan to climb through.
    3. Add dubia.
    4. Snap on the lid & wait.
    5. Please leave bugs in this container even when you're not present.

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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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