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    Hello everyone, I was wondering if anybody here could help me get at least a good estimate of my new Leopard Geckos age, and what a good weight for him would be?
    Long story short, I "rescued" him from unpleasant circumstances at a local pet store a week ago and so far he seems to be doing fantastic. His wound is healing, got bit by another male, he eats voraciously, and he is very attentive and alert during dawn and dusk hours.
    On to the technical details though, he is approximately 8in long, and in my mind underweight at 46-48g. When I first got him he couldn't have weighed much over 40. I read that with Leos some are more prone to remaining slim and trim while others look a bit husky so I am not asking for absolute specifics, just a general idea. So, back to the questions;
    1) What would be the "optimum" weight be for an 8in Male?
    2) Is there any way to tell the age with this tiny bit of info? I have no way of contacting the people where he was born. The store said that he was already fairly large when they got him so they are of no help either.
    The pictures are to try and help if someone needs to see him to judge better. The 2nd is from prior to 2 feedings ago, he is a little camera shy otherwise I would have a better shot with his tail in frame.

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    Although I cannot supply you on information about the specifics of age or weight, what I was concerned of was the fact your gecko has a wound straight out the petstore. From the pictures, I assume it is the bite-looking mark on the top of his head, you need to make sure you keep his tank very very clean to make sure nothing gets in there and infects it. If as you said the petstore was not very reputable, I would highly suggest looking into getting a fecal scan for him to check for parasites so problems that he picked up while in the care of said petstore do not become a problem with his health
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    CrestedL ~

    You will find the beginning of this rescued leo's story right here.

    Click: Hello from Boston
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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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    Ah, my apologies that I didn't see that, but if what I offered as care were not mentioned please take notice to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrestedL View Post
    Although I cannot supply you on information about the specifics of age or weight, what I was concerned of was the fact your gecko has a wound straight out the petstore. From the pictures, I assume it is the bite-looking mark on the top of his head, you need to make sure you keep his tank very very clean to make sure nothing gets in there and infects it. If as you said the petstore was not very reputable, I would highly suggest looking into getting a fecal scan for him to check for parasites so problems that he picked up while in the care of said petstore do not become a problem with his health
    Thank you for the great advice CrestedL! I do plan on having him checked very soon and getting the vet to do 2-3 fecal scans just to be safe. I already am EXTREMELY vigilant about keeping his home clean and sanitary. I change his water every day and I am going to be cleaning/sanitizing his decor weekly. Being that I have only had him for just over a week, this has only happened once so far.
    As I mentioned in the introduction thread, this little guy deserves to be taken care of, especialy after what he went through before in his life.

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    Glad to hear sorry I can't be much more of help
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    No worries! I am grateful someone cares enough to offer any advice
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    Also, after digging through the depths of the internet I found that an adult should weigh 55-80g so he definitely needs to pack on some weight.
    Would daily feedings help him or be too much?

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    He looks to be a good size in the second picture. Not skinny by any means, but it never hurts to add a little weight. Be sure to offer a good supplement schedule too, also feeding well fed insects. My leo is about 9 inches, 84 grams, and approx a year and a half old if that helps.
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    Actually that does help a lot! I am waiting for the Phoenix worms to arrive sometime next week so I can try those. Only having him for a week means he is getting a large variety of food so far. He is not a big fan of crickets, he went crazy for mealworms and superworms though. I dust the worms with just calcium every other feeding, and once a week I dust with calcium and D3. Can you recommend a good gutload for meal/superworms? So far I have given them a few carrot slices and shredded turnip greens. I really want to make sure I do everything right for him.
    If he reacts well to the Phoenix worms I will most likely stick with those.

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