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    Quote Originally Posted by IceSolstice View Post
    Hello! So. I have a 7 month old leopard gecko, and I'm noticing two things. One, she hasn't been eating very much at all lately, I'll be lucky to get a few worms into her, and I was told this was because of the winter season and brumation so that's lower of my concerns. The second thing I noticed is that, it seems her chest cavity is flat-ish and low to the ground. I'm wondering if this is because of a lack of calcium? I have put a dish of calcium out for her, I'm hoping she'll eat it. Her tank is at 90 in the hot side, 70 or so in the cold side, has all her hides, has bowls of mealworms out for her, but she just will not eat. I'm also worried about her tail size.. if anyone has any tips, it would be very appreciated. Thank you.
    My male has been eating much less lately too and it really is because of the season. My female is young though and will eat small quantities, but multiple times a day if I let her. You said the temperatures are 90 hot side and 75 cool side, how and where are you getting these measurements? Do you have a thermostat and are these ground or air temperatures?
    When do you notice her doing the flat chest to ground the most? Like @the funky gecko said, it is normal for them to do that outside of the tank. Mine do it any time they are stationary, when they scamper around they go back to the normal elevated state. As far as her tail goes, it looks fine. Thick but not enormous
    One last question, are mealworms her primary food? Also, are the mealworms you leave in her tank alive or the freeze dried ones? If so the bloated belly that Jess noticed could still be impaction. Mealworms have a pretty high level of chitin and can cause impaction in Leos, especially the freeze dried since they contain essentially zero moisture.
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    To answer, yes she has a UTH, there's a bowl of calcium in the tank, I feed her crickets and meal worms when she actually eats which hasn't been for a very long while, and I would throw in carrot pieces in the meal worm bowl for them. Her Temps are 91 on the hot side and 70 on the cool, she has a heat lamp on top for air temp so I'm really not sure. I just hope she eats..
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    And the mealworms aren't frozen and I have a thermostat and a temp gun for temperatures. She's been pooping as normal.
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    So, based on your answers I would say that she has reduced her eating because of the seasonal change. I recently was worried about this same issue with my male, so I did a lot of digging to find causes, turns out I am just overprotective As long as her defecation has been normal I really doubt impaction is something to worry about either.
    Since those temperatures are good the low laying chest, and belly I am guessing, are from her trying to stay warm and digest what food she does eat. I think another reason they do this when out and about is to keep a low profile from predators. An instinctual behavior really. Not to say she thinks you are going to eat her, just that it is a natural reaction to the wide world outside of her tank
    I imagine that once the season starts to change again she will go back to what we see as "normal" behavior.
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    Thank you for your help! It's a huge relief to know I don't need to worry about her now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceSolstice View Post
    To answer, yes she has a UTH, there's a bowl of calcium in the tank, I feed her crickets and meal worms when she actually eats which hasn't been for a very long while, and I would throw in carrot pieces in the meal worm bowl for them. Her Temps are 91 on the hot side and 70 on the cool, she has a heat lamp on top for air temp so I'm really not sure. I just hope she eats..
    What brand of calcium? D3 or not? Some dietary D3 is necessary in order for a leo to metabolize calcium.

    Multivitamins? Some are necessary.

    It's important to troubleshoot husbandry in general.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    I have a plain calcium and d3 which I use once a month or so
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    It is Zoo Med. ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceSolstice View Post
    I have a plain calcium and d3 which I use once a month or so
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    It is Zoo Med. ^^
    Especially for a young 7 mo leo I'd use Zoo Med's D3 Repti Calcium 2-4x per month. I'd lightly dust half the crickets/mealworms at those feedings as per the instructions on the container.

    The actual frequency depends upon the food you feed the crickets and the mealworms. If you are feeding them a balanced diet like Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food with collards, dandelion, or turnip greens on the side for a calcium boost, then less powdered supplements are necessary.

    I like and use Zoo Med's plain Reptivite 2x per month just like my D3 Repti Calcium.

    Click: Cork Rounds drying out my geckos feetsies?

    /\ post 4: "My gut load mix includes paprika for Vitamin A. I also include carrot and dandelion greens for their moisture and other vitamins and nutrients. Plant based is always more assimilable than manufactured supplements.

    Speaking of which, Dr. Scott Stahl, the premiere reptile vet, highly recommends the ZooMed product, ReptiVite™. Originally formulated for zoos, it seems to work better than any other product I've tried including the Repashy supplements."
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    If you don't see any change by late spring(or whenever it gets warm in your area) post another page or continue this page for more help.
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