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    E53B2EEF-3D30-4768-8514-399440A6FF5A.jpg4D18505E-7D8A-4BD1-B7F8-59213BE2BA13.jpgC43ECC1B-3724-43D1-824B-B2C3DF9C7D8B.jpgD584B650-420D-4571-B294-3F09CED1626C.jpgHello,
    I have a young leopard gecko, about 6 months old, who I brought home on the 1st of December 2018. Bad move probably, but she is from pets at home. From the day I first visited her in store, I realised her tail was awfully thin, I assumed this was because she was young (first ever leopard gecko), as time went on she never put on any weight, so about two months ago I went to the vet regarding her small size.
    There, I was informed about cryptosporidium, so I then had a fecal sample done, which was a three day pooled sample. The text came back negative for crypto and all other parasite. The only thing wrong was she has mites. The mites have now been treated and are gone. Still no weight gain. At the vet she weighed around 11 grams and hasn’t put on any weight since., in fact, to me, her tail actually thinner now.
    Her diet is crickets daily and a bowl of mealworms, of course supplemented with calci-dust and d3. She doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the worms, taking around three to four days to get through 6-8, although she absolutely loves crickets. I have a heat mat that is permanently at around 88°, good gradient with the cool end at around 74°. she is in a vivarium that is just under 3ft and she has three caves, hot end, cool end and a humid hide.
    If anyone could give me their input or advice here, I would be grateful as I am at a loss.
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    Alex
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    has she been throwing up any food?
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    Hot end should be closer to 90° . If you have a thermostat it should be set at 91°. I'm still new myself but since she like crickets try some dubia roaches. They have more protein and better nutrition then crickets or mealworms. Do a rotation of the crickets and dubias with the mealworms sprinkled in randomly for variety.
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    Hi,
    She used to occasionally regurgitate but has not done so in a while now.

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    Hi,
    Have since reset thermostat and temp is now much better, thank you so much. I have also since been feeding her Dubai Roaches (three days in a row). Still giving her some crickets too. Unfortunately, her tail has actually gotten thinner since I posted first on here. Thank you so much for your info and suggestions, she goes wild for the Dubias!
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    Her diet is crickets daily and a bowl of mealworms, of course supplemented with calci-dust and d3. She doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the worms, taking around three to four days to get through 6-8, although she absolutely loves crickets. I have a heat mat that is permanently at around 88°, good gradient with the cool end at around 74°. she is in a vivarium that is just under 3ft and she has three caves, hot end, cool end and a humid hide.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! Please share a photo of your leo.

    Which supplements do you use besides Calci-dust? Please share the brand, name, and frequency. Do you lightly dust the prey?

    Is your leo's humid hide located on the warm end? What size is your heat mat as compared with the length of her enclosure?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-14-2019 at 03:59 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

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    Hello, thanks for the welcome,
    Unfortunately, I have made a very big mistake regarding the dusting of supplements. I have been using calci-dust (Vetark) every day, aside from one day a week where I have been using Nutrobal (also by Vetark) - After reading some feeding / dusting schedules for juveniles online, I now realise I have been under-doing the supplements. I have had my local reptile shop order in some calci-dust with D3 which I will pick up on Wednesday, I also now know I need to use the Nutrobal more, I was being overly cautious before, after reading some about Leo’s overdosing on the D3. Am I right here?
    To answer your questions;
    Her heat mat covers over half of her 34” inch wooden Vivarium. And I keep her humid hide in the warm end.
    I feel terrible, so sick, that I have made this mistake. I am now wondering, lack of multivitamin and D3 cause her to not gain weight? I am still a bit unsure of certain aspects of Leopard Geckos, as she is my first, having only had a bearded dragon as reptiles until now.
    Thank you very much in advance,
    Alex

    P.s. I am not sure on how to add images to a reply, could you maybe help me out and tell me how I can do so?
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    Hello, Alex!

    All my leos go crazy for red runner AKA turkistan roaches. Do you have a UVB bulb? A UVB bulb and cal with D3 is too much D3. I use UVB heat lamps with all my geckos instead of dusting them with calcium WITH D3.
    Hope this helps!
    DaGeckoMan

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    Hi,
    Thanks very much for your response,
    I do not have a UVB bulb, I am just solely dusting with calcium, Nutrobal. I’ll definitely check out those roaches! Thanks very much,
    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaGeckoMan0260 View Post
    Hello, Alex!

    All my leos go crazy for red runner AKA turkistan roaches. Do you have a UVB bulb? A UVB bulb and cal with D3 is too much D3. I use UVB heat lamps with all my geckos instead of dusting them with calcium WITH D3.
    Hope this helps!
    DaGeckoMan
    FYI: When a keeper uses a good level of UVB rays (not too many or too few) for shade dwelling geckos like leopard geckos, Dr. Fran Baines (DVM and lighting guru) strongly recommends a light dusting of a powdered D3 supplement @ 1 feeding per month. That's to be certain all bases are covered.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-16-2019 at 05:24 PM.
    "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 a vivarium <===

    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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