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    Ok so I just got back from my first year in college and since I could not bring my gecko into the dorm my mother had to care for it. My leopard gecko was around 75 grams at around christmas time and was healthy and at a good weight. I wasn't able to visit but about one time after that and my mom seemed to have severely overfed her even though I told her how to feed her. I am now at home and taking care of her but I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me. I am feeding her around 2-3 appropriate sized dubia roaches every other day. I am also trying to get her out of her cage and make her walk around my hands to get some exercise. I know geckos store fat for time of scarce food so a "diet" is hard, but it needs to be done.
    1 Giant carrot head tangerine female leopard gecko.

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    Hello Ethan

    I`d love to see her, what weight is she now?

    I`v a giant too, don`t see them often where i stay

    Cut down on the roaches and change to crickets for now. one every other day ( small ) Don`t hand feed, let her work for the meal. May take a few Month, don`t worry she`l be fine with all that reserve. I bet she`s huge.

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    Roaches, to me, seem to be more nutritious and easier to care for then crickets. Shes just about 9 inches long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avoidtheboyd View Post
    Roaches, to me, seem to be more nutritious and easier to care for then crickets. Shes just about 9 inches long.
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    I`v read that might not be the case, don`t get me wrong i`v a colony to, there something too much in dubia roaches and crickets are a more even keel....... i`am sure someone on here will guide you to what i read, i had a look for you but can`t find it, sorry.

    She looks beautifully and bright

    what age is she and what weight ?

    You can see Victor here
    Going to dedicate this thread to my Gecko`s.....
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    She's about 3 years old an about 105 grams. She's been at 80 to 85 grams before and that seemed to be a good weight for her.
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    Thanks for that Ethan.

    Reason i`am asking, i think Victor is a Super Giant and Jack a Giant. I asked about this a couple of years ago and never really got an answer from the guy who i got it from but since i`v seen your thread it got me thinking again.



    Genetically predisposed to become large in size. These giant-sized leopard geckos have two classes called Giant and Super Giant. Giant: Males reach 80-110 grams and females 60-90 grams by one year of age as typically seen in the heterozygous state. The largest Giants are called Super Giants: Males are over 110 grams and females over 90 grams by one year of age as typically seen in the homozygous condition. They can be any pattern or color. Unless both parents are known Super Giants there are no visible ways to tell a Giant from a Super Giant until 10-12 months of age.
    This would make Jack a Giant.


    Super Giant X Super Giant = 100% Super Giant
    Super Giant X Giant = 50% Super Giant / 50% Giant
    Super Giant X Normal = 100% Giant
    Giant X Giant = 25% Super Giant, 50% Giant, 25% Normal
    Giant X Normal = 50% Giant / 50% Normal
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    Yeah the reason I'm almost positive shes a giant (besides being sold that way) was that she was extremely gangly and long legged when she was younger and substantially larger/taller than normals at the same age.
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    I can't tell you if he's a giant or not, however she is overweight. I told you in the past to offer variety, but you chose not to so there's not much more I can say.
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    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
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    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    I can't tell you if he's a giant or not, however he is overweight. I told you in the past to offer variety, but you chose not to so there's not much more I can say.
    I don`t recall asking, i`v got the he and Ethan has a she, i`am asking about giants and Ethan about obesity.

    Which one of us are you referring to bud ?


    I do agree with variety in their diet

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    Sorry, I meant to quote to Ethan regarding the leo in the picture.
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!
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