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    I posted a question about a week ago asking what I should do, because my gecko wasn't eating.
    The care sheet that was suggested I read was very helpful, and my gecko started eating again. But now he's on his hunger strike again, and I'm positive the temperatures are correct. I haven't been taking him out of his tank, thinking he might be stressed out by something, but he's only eaten one cricket in the past four days. Then I remembered that adult geckos don't eat everyday, and you should only feed him every other day or something like that. Is this the problem? If so how often should I feed him, and how much?
    Thank you for your help, it's my first gecko, and I'm still getting the hang of it

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    Your gecko should be eating a lot more than one cricket. If the problem has continued you may want to post a picture of the enclosure, gecko and fill this questionnaire out as well.

    Helping your sick gecko...(READ THIS FIRST)
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    have you offered other insects?
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    For some reason, my computer will not let me copy down the questionair, but here's the general information...
    I am currently using both a UTH and an above heat lamp, and the temps in his tank are fine. He has three hides: two dry hides (one on the warm side, one in the middle), and a moist hide on the cool side. Plus he has two reptile hammocks. I feed him a diet of crickets, with an occasional wax worm or meal worm as a treat. I gut load the crickets several days before feeding. I was dusting them with calcium powder, but realized it had D3 in it and figured he may feel like he's getting too much. He's shedding normally and his droppings are normal.

    Since he was too busy scratching at the walls of his tank to notice the crickets, I figured maybe he was just too bored, so I let him out for longer periods of time right before he eats, and that has seemed to help a lot. He's starting to eat again, and when there's a day he won't eat, I will just pin a cricket down with some tweezers so it can't move, and he'll usually take it then. Could he be so stubborn that he won't eat unless he gets taken out, or is he just to lazy to try and catch his food?
    Thanks for your help.... This little guy definitely likes to keep me on my toes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbwms View Post
    For some reason, my computer will not let me copy down the questionair, but here's the general information...
    I am currently using both a UTH and an above heat lamp, and the temps in his tank are fine. He has three hides: two dry hides (one on the warm side, one in the middle), and a moist hide on the cool side. Plus he has two reptile hammocks. I feed him a diet of crickets, with an occasional wax worm or meal worm as a treat. I gut load the crickets several days before feeding. I was dusting them with calcium powder, but realized it had D3 in it and figured he may feel like he's getting too much. He's shedding normally and his droppings are normal.

    Since he was too busy scratching at the walls of his tank to notice the crickets, I figured maybe he was just too bored, so I let him out for longer periods of time right before he eats, and that has seemed to help a lot. He's starting to eat again, and when there's a day he won't eat, I will just pin a cricket down with some tweezers so it can't move, and he'll usually take it then. Could he be so stubborn that he won't eat unless he gets taken out, or is he just to lazy to try and catch his food?
    Thanks for your help.... This little guy definitely likes to keep me on my toes!
    The moist hide should be on the HEATED side.
    Ideal would be: 2 hides on heated, moist hide and regular hide, and then 1 hide on the cool side!

    I wonder if he isnt getting enough water because the mosit hide is on the cool side?
    It needs to be on the heated side to stay moist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrenneRvc View Post
    The moist hide should be on the HEATED side.
    Ideal would be: 2 hides on heated, moist hide and regular hide, and then 1 hide on the cool side!

    I wonder if he isnt getting enough water because the mosit hide is on the cool side?
    It needs to be on the heated side to stay moist!
    There are varying opinions on this. Some people keep it on the cool side, some in the middle, and some on the warm. Keeping it on the warm side won't help keep it moist longer than being on the cool side - probably the opposite, actually, since the heat helps with evaporation. The concern with keeping it on the cool side is that the gecko might not use it much because it would lower their temp too much, so the middle or warm side is usually a better option.

    OP, what supplement are you using and how often? Also, what kind of thermometer are you using?

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    I put the moist hide in the middle of his tank. I only have the calcium with D3 in it, which I was dusting with every time he ate. I read on another thread that they won't eat anything dusted with D3 if they're getting too much, so I stopped dusting his food for about a week. He's been eating normally ever since, and I've been giving him a few dusted crickets too, which he'll also eat. I'm currently saving up for a better thermometer... The one I've been using is a very cheap one that came free with his tank. So now he's OK, but are there any other supplements I should be giving him?

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