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    Hey guys! Been a while! Sparty is doing well and growing fast, just have been busy lately and haven't had time to post on here. I still browse occasionally. Sparty is 100% healthy, he had his vet check up last week.

    Anyway, I feed sparty about 9 mealworms/crickets a day, yet he is ALWAYS hungry. His tail is already quite plump for only being about 5 months old, and he's healthy but he always wants more more more. Should I feed him more or is he just being a pig?

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    At 5 months he's like a teenager, always hungry and always looking for something to eat. They do most of their growing during the first year, so he's at the middle of his growth spur. Feeding like a cow is a good thing for him, it's not unusual they want to eat more.

    You can feed a bit more if you like, usually they do stop themselves once they are full. Afterall their stomach can only hold so much. So feed a tad more and see how he reacts to it, soon you'll get a sense of how much he eats. When he's done take out the rest.

    I know my hatchlings devour at least 10 mealworms a day, so at 5 months I won't be surprised if he's able to eat 15 in one setting. One thing that may help with the hunger is to have a mealworm dish in the tank, and always keep about 10 mealworms there for him to snack on whenever he wants to. This way you'll have your usual feeding time sometime at night, then a dish of mealworms for him to snack on whenever he's hungry for more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amuna1225 View Post
    Hey guys! Been a while! Sparty is doing well and growing fast, just have been busy lately and haven't had time to post on here. I still browse occasionally. Sparty is 100% healthy, he had his vet check up last week.

    Anyway, I feed sparty about 9 mealworms/crickets a day, yet he is ALWAYS hungry. His tail is already quite plump for only being about 5 months old, and he's healthy but he always wants more more more. Should I feed him more or is he just being a pig?
    Although he is young you mentioned he has a plump tail. Personally I would never leave food sittng in a dish. You don't want them to become overweight and even worse lazy. Take a picture so that we can see what body condition he is in. Some grow so quickly that even at 5 months they can become overweight. Depending on his body condition, feeding more per feeding may be best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amuna1225 View Post
    Hey guys! Been a while! Sparty is doing well and growing fast, just have been busy lately and haven't had time to post on here. I still browse occasionally. Sparty is 100% healthy, he had his vet check up last week.

    Anyway, I feed sparty about 9 mealworms/crickets a day, yet he is ALWAYS hungry. His tail is already quite plump for only being about 5 months old, and he's healthy but he always wants more more more. Should I feed him more or is he just being a pig?
    Thanks for updating about Sparty! Nice that he passed his physical .

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