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    Hello!

    As a first-time gecko-mommy I am very excited about my new baby! I think she is a girl, but I read that it can be hard to tell until they get older. Not sure how old she is either.

    We were off to a rocky start--I posted in another forum about it (New Leo Hasn't Pooped in 9+ days)

    Now that things seem to be going better--she finally pooped, but just once--I just wanted to post a picture of her and her home to make sure everything looks ok. I know she is missing her humid hide, the one I had made was bulky so I'm going to make another one tonight out of an old cream cheese container. She doesn't have an overhead lamp, but she does have a UTH.

    I'm also hoping you can give me some advice on supplementing--how often should they receive the calcium w/ vitamin D vs. just the plain calcium? What percentage of the crickets should be dusted? Right now she has had one meal dusted with Fluker's calcium with vitamin D. No plain calcium--can you recommend a brand? I thought I was buying calcium but I ended up with Rep-Cal herptivite with beta carotene multivitamins Is this worth using or should I toss it?

    Also, is there a way to keep the crickets from burrowing under the paper towels?

    I'm including a picture of her belly too, please let me know if you think there is anything I should be concerned about--she did just eat so I'm thinking that is what is causing the dark spot

    Any other thoughts or advice for a newbie would be great too!

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    Most use the Zoo Med Calcium with D3 and the Zoo med multivitamin without D3, they need both, I use Repashy Calcium Plus now since it's an all in one and I can just use that once a week. If you're gut loading the crickets with something like adult bearded dragon food, weekly dusting.

    "Too much vitamin D3 and/or calcium is as bad as too little vitamin D3 and/or calcium. Any multivitamin (Rep-Cal's Herptivite, Exo Terra's multivitamin) which supplies vitamin A in the form of beta carotene is not recommended because research on chameleons has shown that it is not absorbed. A very, very small amount of preformed vitamin A acetate is necessary for eye and skin health. For detailed explanations please note Hilde's posts #22, #48, #85, and #96 immediately following the Basic Guidelines of my Leopard Gecko Care Sheet.

    Lightly dust insects and worms with Zoo Med's supplements like this. Use the Reptivite multivitamin sparingly! The directions on both containers suggest dusting according to your gecko's weight.
    Monday---lightly dust with Zoo Med's Reptivite without D3
    Wednesday---lightly dust with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    Saturday---lightly dust with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3"
    This is the dusting schedule Elizabeth has in her caresheet. If you want to read more, here it is http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...13-update.html
    The crickets are going to burrow underneath paper towel, that's the only downside to it. I use tile as my substrate but they will find other places to go hide, same with my roaches. Also make sure the floor temperatures under her warm hide are between 88-92*
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    The first thought I have looking at your enclosure is that it looks small. Are you using a 10 gallon tank? You'll want to upsize that pretty quickly. Next, your question about keeping the crickets from burrowing under the paper towel, I use small travertine tile pieces to hold down the corners and any sections in the middle that seem loose enough to allow feeders access. I got these at Lowes in the tile section, they come glued to mesh backing with a glue that is easily water soluble. I left them soaking over night and they fell right off. Then a combination of scrubbing and rinsing left me with clean and usable tiles. They also sell individual larger ones, but these are very smooth. I only use them under their moist hides with a gap for the thermometer and thermostat probes.
    Supplementing really depends on how you keep your feeders. I feed all of mine (crickets, roaches, and mealworms) Zoo Med adult bearded dragon food pellets, which already has significant nutrients. With that, I supplement with vitamins once a week, and with calcium once or twice a week. And, when I say supplement, I mean only one lightly dusted cricket. A warning on this also, all leo's have individual nutrition requirements. This may leave one individual looking very robust, while another may look undernourished, despite eating quite well. In that individuals case, additional supplementing may be necessary.
    The last thing I want to comment on is that dark spot. While it's difficult to see through the cloudy plastic, it looks like something that would concern me greatly. Additionally, her shape sort of concerns me, but it's difficult to be certain without a picture of her straightened out. If you could get a shot in a clear bottomed container it would likely be more helpful. Regardless, it would be a good idea to find a vet, and find out how quickly that vet can see your pet, just in case that dark area is a sign of a problem.

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    Todd, read through the other thread that they linked, unless you already have then disregard this part. There is a smaller dark spot, when the leo hasn't eaten, that is visible and they had it on bark but changed to paper towel.
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    Thanks for pointing that out, Jess. After looking at the other thread, and the pictures here, I am certain that I would be making an appointment right away with the vet. I've never had to deal with impaction, so maybe I'm inclined to over-react, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

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    Yeah I thought it could be a possible impaction to. I've only dealt with it once and it didn't turn out with a happy ending, not trying to be a debbie downer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JessJohnson87 View Post
    Yeah I thought it could be a possible impaction to. I've only dealt with it once and it didn't turn out with a happy ending, not trying to be a debbie downer.
    There is a difference between a warning based on experience and being a "debbie downer." I hope @amccan takes this warning to heart!
    I would hold off on feedings until a good vet says otherwise. This could be a dangerous situation that can be made worse by feeding. With that said, it's encouraging that she's pooping, but there is no need to take any chances!

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    My impaction story is from food impaction not substrate but still, it's a scary situation and with being on bark before paper towels, anything could happen. Baby animals are like human babies, EVERYTHING goes in their mouth. Anyways, you can do searches based on where you live to find a exotic vet and make sure they are qualified to treat reptiles. Vet visits vary by the office and what not so there is no set price. Usually around $50 for the office visit and take a fecal sample to test for any parasites or diseases, you can put the poo in a plastic bag in the fridge not freezer.
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    I have an appointment with the vet tonight. Hopefully it is good news! And hopefully I will be able to get a little more info about age and sex. @amsdadtodd do you think it is big enough for her as a juvenile and she will need a larger one as she grows, or should I be getting a new one right away?

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    I am glad to hear that you are going to the vet so soon, this is great news! In general, I would say the sooner you can move up to a 20 gallon long tank, or similarly sized enclosure, the better off your pet will be. With that said, I've kept an adult in a 10 gallon tank as a quarantine tank for a couple months without any problem. One of the most important reasons for that size tank is that it provides an appropriate temperature gradient in most normal circumstances. However, the floor space is also a major factor.

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