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    I have a young Leo (less than a year) that, all of a sudden, is having poor aim win the eating department. She is not exhibiting any of the enigma traits, and up until a month ago was deadly accurate and ate like crickets were going extinct. Over the course of the past several weeks, her appetite has diminished considerably although I can coax her to eat a couple here and there. We've run the gamut of ideas - impaction, injury, etc. it seems to be a vision/aggression/interest issue - sometimes she lunges and misses the cricket by as much as an inch - as if she couldn't judge the distance. She's still got some girth to her tail... I'm gut loading crickets with Flukers high calcium cricket diet and dusting them with Flukers calcium w/d3 - am I missing some vitamins, etc? Two nights ago, I switched her from her normal paper towel substrate to black construction paper to see if the 'white' crickets showing up better would help and it did - she ate 11 crickets with minimal assistance in the course of thirty minutes - she seemed like her old self again. Last night she ate 2 and now she's back to no interest. Tonight 1. Any thoughts? What am I missing? Also, while I am thinking of it - when her eyes are closed, I can see her eyeballs through her lower lids - very translucent - almost like she's awake. If she had molted poorly, what would her eyes look like? Thanks!

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    No idea about the eye thing. For some reason "poor aim" seems to be a big deal with leopard geckos and I don't know why. If you got her as a juvenile and now she's getting bigger, she may have had the expected drop in appetite. Try feeding her every 2-3 days and see what heppens. You can also use a piece of plexiglass to block off a smaller area in the cage, remove the furniture from that area and give her a smaller, uncluttered place for hunting.

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    If you're not giving her any multivitamins as you mentioned, there's a very good chance she is suffering from Vitamin deficiency. You're also using a calcium quite high in D3 which can also cause serious problems. I suggest that you switch to Reptivite instead. How long have you had your gecko? What are the temperatures in the enclosure?
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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