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    Greetings folks,
    As you can tell, I am a new member here on the forum, and apologies if what I ask is covered elsewhere.
    We have a leopard gecko of around 6 months age and probably female. Weight is around 55g, and as far as I can tell nothing has changed, setup-wise, recently in the tank. Temp is around 32degC at warm end, with an undertank mat at one end on constantly and heat lamp on 12hr-ish cycle with thermostat. One moist, one dry hide, waterbowl and a few climbing things. Substrate is kitchen towel/paper and Loki (the gecko!) poops once a day.

    However. About a week ago, the wet portion of her poop seems to have stopped. There is a well formed, but a little dry looking, brownish sausage portion and the smaller urate 'blob', but no soaking on the towel.

    Feed-wise, she seems to have gone off anything that isnt mealworm. Previously would happily scoff black and brown crickets, locusts and mealworms. Every other night the mealworms are dusted with Nutrabal supplement. She is eating 10-15 mealworms a night, but only if dropped in front of her - doesnt touch any left in a bowl overnight.

    A couple of months ago she was treated for pinworms, just a single dose administered by the vet, which seemed to improve her weight considerably at the time.

    Behaviour-wise, not a lot of change - in other words she *looks* healthy. Bright eyes, stands on raised legs when the tank is opened, explores my arms/back/neck when handled (and seems to like being handled), chunky tail etc. Except that she doent seem interested in other food items. Appears to notice them, but not in an 'i want to eat you' way.

    So, essentially I'd like to know if I should be concerned? Does she need to go back to a vet? Is it perhaps a return of pinworm? Or is it just behaviour of a growing gecko?

    Many thanks for any assistance, and if I have missed any helpful info or forum etiquette I am happy to be corrected.

    Cheers,
    Adam (&Loki)

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    The variation in poops is normal. Most of the time it's just poop and rate and sometimes there's liquid as well. Some geckos start eating less around this time of the year as things get colder. Geckos also can fall in love with a food item and then a different one. I feed super worms and crickets and it does change in my gecko collection who prefers each and who will eat both.

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    Thank you for your reply.
    I knew that food preference can change, but having had a gecko with crypto (not in the same tank as Loki), and another that did not survive following an operation to remove an ovary, I am rather anxious at any deviation from Loki's normal behaviour.
    So long as a predominantly mealworm diet is OK, and drier poop not too much to worry about, then I'll hold off calling the vet. Again.

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    Adam

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    I can understand your worry. My entire gecko population is crypto positive unfortunately. I hope things keep going well with this gecko!

    Aliza

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