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    About 2 weeks ago after a shed I cleaned my leo's viv fully for the month (I change things more often but I like to soak down and sterilize the tank and everything super-throughly). After returning my leo (1ish years old) back to her viv she's since declined from eating much. She's still very active and likes to climb around her viv, standing up on her hind legs and whatnot so she doesn't seem weak but she's just not huge into her food.

    In the past she would eat between 3-6 dubia roaches in a serving. Now she has this odd habit of walking up and licking her food and then walking away or lunging and snatching one up, biting it hard until it dies and and then setting it back down. I tried a bunch of different feeders since neither of her two regulars (mealworms and dubias) seem to do it for her. The only thing that seemed to trigger her full feeding response again is crickets so I'm going to get more of them: she hunted them like crazy. I'd like to see inside my geckos mouth to make sure she's not got something in there but she's not huge on being held and bites if I try (that's not new, she always hates being held). Any advice on what potentially could be the condition, I'd appreciate it.

    Her vivarium is the norm its been all year and the only change has been the heat in my apartment came back on after being off for a month so it's actually better to where it should be than it has been. She defecates whenever she does eat in more or less proportion to what she ingested. She seems like she's getting ready for a very soon second shed, starting to show light patches.
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    Geckos can be quite picky. Perhaps she's just gotten tired of the food you had been giving her! Crickets are a good staple, so there's nothing wrong with continuing to buy them for her.

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    Yes, my logic was leaning towards just a picky streak but I wanted to check against other people just in case since I'm still new to having a leo. Just an addendum to my morning post, now she's 100% shed-ready so maybe she's just not been feeling up to eating as much because she's been in two rapid-succession shed cycles (anyone's guess why? The weather took a swing for the warm here AND the heat came back on in my building so while I was providing supplemental heat while it was cold to keep the cool side good, it's probably she feels it in some way. My corn snake has been active like crazy since then and they're in the same room) and crickets are just the thing that flips her little switch the hardest. I'll keep an eye on how things go after her shed but I was hoping the fact she's willing to eat and chase crickets, coupled with her normal-seeming activity and climbing would mean she's not sick since I figured she'd slow down if that were the case.
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    Pre-shed is definitely a reason to eat less. Also, at about a year old, she may be ovulating and that can reduce the appetite as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Pre-shed is definitely a reason to eat less. Also, at about a year old, she may be ovulating and that can reduce the appetite as well.

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    I never considered that, although I should note when I say 'she' its just the rough guess of me and my husband. She doesn't like being held much so getting a good look at her vent hasn't been an option as much as we'd like but I'll keep that in mind. Her tank substrate is brown watercolor paper and her moist hide has a cut of wet towel in it (we used to use moss but it kept getting moldy no matter how dry we kept it). Is there anything I need to do to make the environment comfortable if she is going to drop a slug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheapInk View Post
    I never considered that, although I should note when I say 'she' its just the rough guess of me and my husband. She doesn't like being held much so getting a good look at her vent hasn't been an option as much as we'd like
    Some geckos can get pissy when held, and especially so if you attempt to expose their stomach to get a good look at it. The way to get a good look at the vent without holding is to either have her climb up the glass and look from there, or put her in something clear, lift it up and check. It's pretty easy to tell in an adult gecko once you can get a good look.

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    It's quite unusual for a female that hasn't been with a male to lay eggs, though it can happen. I had it happen to one of my females last season and it was the first time in 14 years it's ever happened to me. Get a gladware container (approx 4-6" on a side and 1 -2" deep), cut a hole on top so she can get in, fill it with coco fiber and she can dig in there if it ends up happening

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