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    Hello everyone I am very new to this forum so I don't know if this is in the right section but I am having a bit of an issue,

    I recently got a recuse leopard Gecko after my Leopard died suddenly. () The Leopard Gecko I got (Named Sammy) was very very malnourished, had burns on his back and his feet and his tail has dropped (That happened not with me, but at his former home) Anyways, after having Sammy for a few weeks he slowly began to gain weight and became a lot more social. He was very social despite the fact he probably never been handled before.

    I started to slowly tame him, letting him walk on my hand then picking him up when he was ready, and letting him play on his little play table. (It has walls so he can't climb up or fall off lol) He got tamed VERY quickly, within a couple days he was begging for me to hold him and waiting on top of his hide for me to pick him up.

    Now that I don't mind, I love holding him however I have come into a bit of an issue. Sammy will not eat or sleep unless I am holding him now. I never hand fed him so I am unsure why he suddenly wanted me to hand feed him, but now he downright refuses to eat unless it's in my hand. He will ONLY sleep if he is on my arm or in my hair, if he is not then he is walking around all night until I pick him up out of his cage.

    I don't know what to do, because I can't hold him 24/7 and It's not very fun holding Roaches in your hand. Is there any possible way to make him less dependent on me? I don't want him to think I don't like him or something, but I just have no clue what to do anymore.

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    Hi there!
    Good to know you rescued this baby and that he's doing better! ♥

    You mention "him only sleeping when you take him or otherwise will walk around at night".
    I'm guessing I've understood this wrong but do you let him do the day/night cycle properly? They should be sleeping at daytime, it's usual for them to walk around at night I think!

    I don't know if reptiles can get as attached to someone as we usually see in mammals, or if they may have traumas as well, so maybe he's seen you treat him correctly after how bad he's been kept, and feels very safe with you.

    Would love to see how he looks.
    Sorry this reply is not very helpful, hope someone with better knowledge can help!!

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    He has you trained very well! As long as you'll do what he wants, he'll be all for it. If you want him to eat by himself, you'll have to use a bit of tough love and wait him out. Give him his food and let him hunt it. You can always block off a smaller section of his cage with a piece of plexiglass or cardboard so he has less room to hunt in. Eventually he will start eating by himself.

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