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    I recently bought a digital scale and have been weighing my geckos and I noticed that my adult male had lost a gram in a week. Is this a sign of something bad or just normal weight fluctuation? He hasnít been eating all that much lately, though Iím not super concerned about a decreased appetite since it is breeding and there hasnít been any signs of something sinister (poops regular and his poop looks completely normal). Heís been his normal curious self, always coming to the glass to say hi and beg for waxworms.

    Heís shedding normally too, in fact he shed two weeks ago. It was a nice and clean shed, nothing stuck and he ate it all (at least Iím assuming he ate it all. Either that or he got the classic super pale shed coloration for a single day). Heís on reptile carpet, the only loose substrate would be the eco earth in his humid hut. Floor temps are 88-90 on the warm side (86 in his humid hut which he enjoys laying in quite a bit) and 73-75 on the cool side. Heís on the schedule that Elizabeth suggests for supplements and heís offered one to two waxworms a week. His main diet is crickets gutloaded with Repashyís feeder feed and fulkerís cricket quencher. He also eats superworms. Heís colors have actually gotten more vivid recently too.

    I donít know if Iím just being paranoid or what, but they weigh so little I feel like loosing a single gram could mean a lot.

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    How much does he weigh? If we're talking about 6 vs. 7 grams, that's a big difference, but if it's 62 vs. 63 grams I don't think it's a big deal. I had a male gecko for 12 years that wouldn't eat for most of the winter and often lost as much as 20 grams. However, when he was at his top weight during the summer it was 85 grams, so I didn't worry too much.

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    He was 78 last week and 77 this week. So he’s not skinny. I’m just a worrywart about my babies.
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    I feel that worrying less is a good personal growth experience, unless a person tends not to worry much at all, in which case you can say the same thing about worrying a bit more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfire View Post
    He was 78 last week and 77 this week. So heís not skinny. Iím just a worrywart about my babies.
    I am a little bit of a worry wart to when I saw a small armpit bubble I almost had a panic attack because I had never heard of this before, I thought he had some type of disease, or that I had done something wrong.

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