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    So, my baby leopard gecko named Rose used to be a great eater. She’d suck down mealworms, superworms, calciworms... basically any worm you put in her dish she’d eat. Then, on Christmas Day I decided to treat her and my older one, Firefly. I gave each of them three small waxworms. Rose sucked those suckers down within five minutes and I later found them regurgitated in her cage. No big deal, she ate really fast so it makes sense she puked them up.

    But then she stopped eating.

    She stopped going to her bowl and even if I put a worm in front of her, she’d ignore it. I thought she might just not want worms anymore, so I bought her small crickets. She’s a terrible hunter, but she does seem to like stalking them (she does the cute tail wag right before striking). She started pooping again and all was well. But then, almost a full day later, she threw up the crickets. Or what looks like their exoskeletons.

    This has happened a few times now, and while she is pooping, it’s a bit worrying. The crickets are gutloaded with cricket food, they’re dusted with calcium with d3 every other day, and while they are a tad big (a little bit smaller than her head), she never has a problem swallowing them.

    She has pure calcium (zoomed if it matters), she has reptile carpet, three huts (including a moist one with moss- that’s brand new though), a UTH and an overhead that runs on a timer, and the warm side temperatures are always mid to high eighties. She lets me hold her and her belly isn’t hard or bloated, and she still is pooping, but I’m a bit worried.

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    Good day. One thing you should change is dusting with d3 every other day. To much d3 isn't good at all. I dust once week with d3. I have calcuim with d3 and calcium without d3. Every other day is way to much. Unhealthy problems.
    How old is she ? How long have you had her ?
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    Okay! I’ll switch to once a week. I don’t know how old she is- I got her from petco - but she’s no older than three months. I’ve had her for about a month now. She’s very inquisitive, as I type this she’s crawling all over her little t-rex skull, and she’s quite friendly. She doesn’t like being picked up yet (although she likes it when I hold her) but she comes to my hand when I put it in. So it’s not like she’s lethargic. Really the only thing that seems to be wrong is throwing up mostly digested crickets.
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    Hello. Switching to once week is best. Shes got eat what you give knot starv. But same time she would be harming herself.
    Somthing else comes mind when buying geckos from petco. It's like gamble if their of good health or knot. I have female , Cleo from petco. Luckily she tested out fine at exotic vet.
    Best thing is take her to vet since she's baby, expecially getting her from petco. She could just be young and eating to fast . Petcos and pet stores like it or good place to be exposed to cryptosporidium. Hate even say it. It's very hard dieases get rid of once it's been introduced into tanks they keep geckos in. All takes is one , with shearing the water bowl as they do.
    I believe I take fresh stool sample with me when I go vet. They send it off for cryptosporidium test. They can test for parasites right then. One of symptoms is throwing up food. Another is runny stools.
    She's baby so it would be hard tell by looks. Their small as is. If you can sex her shes I'd say atlease six months old.
    The vet wasn't really expensive. 60 bucks or so. 25 for test. I couldn't see seting around doing nothing when I could have her tested. Hopefully she's just full of life , knot slowing down enough while she eats. She seems have good start on being tamed. They can be.

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    Okay. I’ll see if I can get her in to the vet next week. I actually don’t know her sex tbh. I just call her a her because that’s what I hope she is (I want to see if she and my adult female would be willing to cohab when she’s an adult, but my adult is most definitely an alpha so it’ll be a crapshoot as to weather or not she’ll allow another gecko near her). Thanks for the help!

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    You have another one. Definitely get her tested for cryptosporidium. I keep my baby female at the time in a separate set up on other side room. Wore gloves to feed, handle her and anything that had do with her. I washed hands after with ammonia. Since bleach doesn't do anything clean crypto off. Ammonia is about only thing. That may be iffy , my opinion. I was glade when it was over. Pain in butt. My hands were bad shape.
    At 1st I regretted trying help little female out. Since I already had wonderful boy gecko ( Cecil ). In end she passed.
    I surely hope she passes to.

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    Oh, the first one is most definitely fine. I’ve had her for over 3 months at this point and she hasn’t shown any signs of literally anything. She’s fully grown, she eats three large crickets and can eat up to eight large superworms every other day. She poops every other day, sheds fine, is mobile, is alert, and has never thrown up. The two have never interacted as well and I do wash my hands and use different tongs for her. I’ve got a vet appointment for the baby set up and if the vet suggests I bring the big one in, I will. But as of now, I’m not worried about her at all. She’s got quite the fat tail. It might be a bit too fat... but again, I’ll do whatever the vet says.
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    I’ve got great news everyone! I took her to the vet, and she’s perfectly healthy! She’s a good 8 grams. I took her and the other baby I have in the house in, and it turns out that she was the problem one. The vet couldn’t get a stool sample so the other one is being treated as if she has parasites and was given a medicine. Thank you for the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfire View Post
    I’ve got great news everyone! I took her to the vet, and she’s perfectly healthy! She’s a good 8 grams. I took her and the other baby I have in the house in, and it turns out that she was the problem one. The vet couldn’t get a stool sample so the other one is being treated as if she has parasites and was given a medicine. Thank you for the help!
    Was angel the one treated?

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