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    Hi! I've had my leo Mira for about two months now, and I love her so much. It was a bad start because the breeder sent me old pictures and didn't tell me she had MBD. She seems to have bounced back and is active. She has started to finally let me hold her for a longer time without trying to bite or run off.

    I have slowly figured her out over the past few months, but I still have a few questions. Since she is a female, I was wondering if I should have a lay box for her. I don't have a male, but I've heard of some females laying infertile eggs. I don't think she's old enough (only one year) but I want to be ready when she is. Also, what would I put in a lay box? I originally had her humid hide with sphagnum moss, but she ate some of it and it came out in her poop. I swapped it out for paper towel.

    Another question I've had is how do I get her to hunt for her food? I have been tong feeding her because she will not hunt. I've left dusted and undusted crickets in her enclosure only to find them still there the next day. She does have one eye that will not open, so I figured it was just too difficult for her to hunt.

    Also, what are some other things I could feed her? I've been using crickets, mealworms, and the occasional wax worm. She seems to have become bored lately. I can't keep dubia roaches in my house (the thought of roaches freaks me out...I know...I just can't).

    I really don't have any other questions, but please feel free to drop any tips for me! I'm open to anything. I just want the best for my gecko!

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    Congrats on your gecko. I use layboxes that double as humid hides (I have them for the males as well and I don't breed anymore anyway). Get a Gladware plastic container, either the sandwich size or the next size up (my preferred ones measure 8 1/2"x6"x3"). Cut a square hole in the top with an exacto knife about 2"x2". Fill it with coco fiber (you can get compressed bricks at the pet store). Add some water whenever it dries out. It's pretty rare for female leopard geckos without males to lay eggs. I have more than 20 female leopard geckos, and since I stopped breeding after the 2017 season, only one has ever laid eggs.
    For other types of feeders, you could try super worms, silkworms or hornworms. Some of these can be purchased by mail. Some geckos are always going to insist on being hand fed. I have a number who are like that and I'm just stuck with it!

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    If she has bad eyesight it's possible that she can't see well enough to hunt successfully. One of mine is like that - I could put a mealworm right in front of her face and she would miss. So you can imagine she's not very good at catching crickets or roaches either. And at this point, she's pretty used to me tong feeding her.

    So you may just need to continue the tong feeding. If you'd prefer her to eat more independently, have you tried putting a worm dish in her enclosure? You can put mealworms (or other types of worms) in there and she'll hopefully figure out how to eat from it. But in my gecko's case, I just tong feed her everything. Not only does it allow her to eat anything that she wouldn't normally be able to catch, it also let's me know with 100% certainty how much food she is eating and how her appetite is.
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