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    Hey guys. I've become very worried lately. My leopard gecko used to hunt down and eat pretty much any cricket that was in her tank. a few months back, I switched her from sand to newspaper and I noticed over this time that she hasn't been eating nearly as much as she used to. I've been finding dead crickets in her tank and that never used to happen. I mix up her diet with pinkie mice and meal worms and the occasional wax worm. She used to LOVE the mice but now she won't touch them. She does eat the wax worms, but i've read those are bad to give her so i try not to do it much.

    I'm just very worried because she's normally a pretty big gecko, and she's gotten incredibly skinny. even her tail is skinnier than it usually is. she is pretty active and walks around and stuff, and she's not impacted. She did eat one cricket the other day, but it's obviously not enough. it's around 80-81 degrees in the room she is in.

    What can I do? any suggestions? I think I might go back to sand

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    First, check your husbandry techniques. Make sure she is warm enough. Sometimes during the winter months (even with all your heat equipment) the temp drops in your house and in the cages, too. If they get cold, their metabolism slows and they stop eating or eat less. (and newspaper doesn't make for a good conductor of heat). That being said, given the time of year, she could have some form of internal parasite. Sometimes they have parasites and go for a long time without any ill effect, but during the winter months, when the metabolism slows down so does the immune response. A "small" infestation of pinworms or something similar can become quite a problem over a few weeks or months.

    The fact that she ate a cricket doesn't prove she isn't impacted. If she poops, that's a good sign that her digestive tract is clear. The best (and only advice) I can give you is probably something you don't want to hear. Take her to a vet. There is nothing you can do to make her eat if she has something seriously wrong. You will just need to collect some of her poop and take it to a vet who specializes in reptiles. They will do a fecal inspection and let you know the results. I have had to do this and it is not fun. My entire collection was infected with pinworms (from one gecko) and I had to give them all medicine by mouth for a month.
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    I agree with jmh. Take her to the vet if she's getting skinny. Is she housed with any other geckos? I personally think 80 degrees is the coolest for the warm end of the tank. If the entire room she's in is 80 degrees, I would consider moving her to a different room as she won't have a temperature gradient, and adding a UTH to get the warm end around 90-95. What is the rest of her enclosure like? It sounds like you leave crickets in there (and long enough for them to die even), this can be very stressful for a gecko. Some crickets will even nibble on a gecko if there is nothing in there for them to eat. You could always try adding a different food source, like roaches. If she doesn't improve definitely take her to a reptile vet.
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    well normally our house is pretty cold. I have a space heater in there keeping it at 80, but i can set it to cooler if i need to.
    there are no other geckos in the cage. she's not impacted as she has been pooping when she does eat something.


    i only leave crickets in there because she used to eat them over the course of a day. She's not doing that anymore. do you recommend just getting rid of them and letting her settle down a little?

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    I'd be patient. When you start to move things around, it can stress out a leo. Let her get used to her new home. It could take even a week. But still try to feed her. and don't leave crickets in there if she's not eating them. They'll really stress her out!

    As for the temps.
    One side needs to be 90-95F the other needs to be 78-83F.
    Mine right now are 98F and 85F. I wouldn't go above 97F.

    Think of it this way: The higher the temp, the more she'll eat. If it's too cool, then she won't eat.
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    Let it get use to the newspaper and always check your temps to make sure they are good.
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