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    I got a new leopard gecko yesterday; Penelope at the store they feed their geckos crickets. I am trying to feed her mealworms but I have to touch them to her mouth and let her lick them then she will eat it. When I put it on the ground infront of her she saw it and moved her head toward it but she didn't eat it. How do I get her to eat them out of the bowl?

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    You're not feeding mealworms as a staple diet are you? It's highly recommend not to do that because of their fat content, tougher exoskeleton and the fact they are very hard to gut load.

    Crickets or Roaches are the best staple in my opinion with mealworms, butterworms, silk worms, hornworms and Phoenix worms providing much needed variety in your geckos diet I would stay away from wax worms though, simply unneeded.

    As for your question, to get my geckos to eat mealworms from I dish I hold the worm with tweezers in front of them, lead them to the dish, drop the worm in the dish and them they eat it in the dish. You will have to do this a couple days probably for your gecko to get the hang of it.
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    Try putting about 10 in the bowl. The movement of the group should stimulate her. Also, put a small piece of carrot in the bowl that will stimulate the mealworms and get them moving more.

    I use mealworms as a staple but I do feed crickets every weekend.

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    Ok thanks!
    And she doesn't go in her hides very much she just lays in the corner of the tank.
    I find this weird because dont they like to stay in their hides all day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbison28 View Post
    Ok thanks!
    And she doesn't go in her hides very much she just lays in the corner of the tank.
    I find this weird because dont they like to stay in their hides all day?
    Most geckos prefer to say in their hides by day. There might be a problem with your temps.Generally you want one hide in the hot end and one in the cool end. Depending on your setup, you might be too hot on the hot end. Do you have any way to take the temps ?

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    On the warm side it is around 90
    I'm the cool side 79 ish
    She ate her mealworms last night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbison28 View Post
    On the warm side it is around 90
    I'm the cool side 79 ish
    She ate her mealworms last night!
    Great news !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbison28 View Post
    On the warm side it is around 90
    I'm the cool side 79 ish
    She ate her mealworms last night!
    Are you measuring ground temps? Your cool side may be a bit warm. What type of thermometer?

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    It is a theremometer that has a dial.
    I have a cool side hide and a warm side the warm moist is really big so I'm only going to put it in when. She sheds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbison28 View Post
    It is a theremometer that has a dial.
    I have a cool side hide and a warm side the warm moist is really big so I'm only going to put it in when. She sheds
    Those analog thermometers can be very inaccurate. Digital will give you the best reading. The Flukers Thermo/Hygrometer works great. Be sure to have a thermometer with a probe to measure surface temperatures.

    The moist hide not only aids in shed but also provides a place with higher humidity and helps hydrate your Leo. It really is best to have it in there all the time. Perhaps buying or making a smaller one?
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