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    Hello! I'm new to this site, but have been using it for a lot of my researcg. I recently have brought home a young leopard gecko! I've found this site to be incredibly helpful with just about everything, and I'm hoping someone could give me some insight. I got my leopard gecko about a week ago from my local PetSmart. Not sure of the gender, as they told me it was around 2 months old. Very active at the store that evening, holding itself up high when it walked, very curious and alert, and seemed to be a decent weight as well! It's been very active and still is now. Eating very well (following the recommended feeding/supplement schedule for 0-12 month old w/o UVB) but I have started to notice that it doesn't seem to be seeing all that well? It has no troubles maneuvering the enclosure, easily found the bowl I'm using to put mealworms in those nights, as well as moving between various hides. It just doesn't seem to be able to really see crickets. Is this normal for a younger juvenile? No stalking of any kind, so it catches them as they cross by or underneath. It does have light orange/pinkish eyes, but they're very clear and pupils dilate very quickly depending on what's going on. I thank you in advance for any advice or insight you can offer!
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    What size crickets are you using? Does the gecko have black on its body or only yellow/beige? If no black, it's an albino and may be sensitive to light so feed it in low light. Other problems may include: still getting used to new place so isn't interested in eating, crickets are too small, not interested in eating crickets.
    The vision is probably not an issue.

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    Thanks for your reply, crickets I ordered were small, though they definitely varied a good bit in size. The smaller ones were about a 1/4" though the longer were at least 1/2". No black on it, just light brown/lavender and yellow. Definitely an albino, I didn't really consider the hunting in lower light being easier. It's eaten well! Especially the night it's had mealworms (placed in a bowl they couldn't climb out of) and a couple crickets it was able to catch as they walked underneath it.

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    Glad things are looking up!

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    Update: I talked with PetSmart, and they had a vet look at him, and he decided to put him under observation for 72 hours. They called me today and informed me that it is blind . My options with them are to adopt it, pick another leopard, or be refunded. I understand that it would likely need to be handfed, and have no issues doing that. I do however worry about anything else that could be going on as well as being able to bond with it. Any thoughts? I'd greatly appreciate any input. Does anyone on here know of any breeders in the North Ga/Atlanta area? Thank you in advance!
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    Update: I talked with PetSmart, and they had a vet look at him, and he decided to put him under observation for 72 hours. They called me today and informed me that it is blind . My options with them are to adopt it, pick another leopard, or be refunded. I understand that it would likely need to be handfed, and have no issues doing that. I do however worry about anything else that could be going on as well as being able to bond with it. Any thoughts? I'd greatly appreciate any input. Does anyone on here know of any breeders in the North Ga/Atlanta area? Thank you in advance!
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Chris!

    Some blind leos are able to find food and water bowls in an enclosure as long as they are kept in the same place.

    Since this is your first leo, I suggest beginning with a healthy one.
    "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 <===

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