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    Hello all, glad to be here!

    So I have been a leopard gecko owner for about 4 weeks now.
    This is Pauly Attachment 49006 and Rogue Attachment 49007

    I work at a pet store (I know pet stores are generally the devil, so please no commentary on that. Besides, who else will hand feed the the babies treats if not me?). Anyhow, I bought Pauly a couple weeks after he got there. His hunting tail wag got me. I know the geckos are shipped young, I just don't know how young. I'm guessing he's around 3 months old? Does that sound and look right? The photo was taken 2 weeks ago. As near as I can measure right now he's about 4-5 inches long. When I brought him home he was doing fairly well adjusting. Hunting lots of crickets and taking meal worms from my fingers. I moved him into my room and into a 20 long (from a 10 gal) about a week ago and it's all gone down hill. I have an infrared thermometer and the warm side averages at 90F, cool side stays at 68F. He stays in his moist hide almost all the time and won't come out for dinner. I've only been dropping in 2 crickets so that they're easier to collect, I don't want them to bite him if he doesn't eat after a few hours. I counted out meal worms and left them along with 2 wax worms over night. He picked out the wax worms and left the rest. So that's all he's ate. I know he needs to eat because he's a baby but wax worms are about as good as me trying to live on just McDonalds. Does he just need more time or something else? I'm very stressed out about it so all advice it welcome.


    Rogue has been pretty easy so far. He's only been with me since 6/14. On 6/11 he was caught by a co-worker who was looking for an anole that had jumped out during enclosure misting. Apparently Rogue has been living behind our fish tanks eating the crickets that get dropped during everyone's feedings. No one knows how long he's been living off the land so to speak. He went from that, to a 10 gal in the "sick ward" for 3 days, a 20 minute car ride and into a 20 long in my house. All of this mid shed too. He's explored his new digs, ate his first wax worms (reminded me of a toddler trying something for the first time, sooo cute), is hunting and tolerates my hand and my constant stares very well. He's actually sprawled out sleeping in the open behind a hide in the middle of the day right now. He doesn't look too bad for where he came from except for he does look like he's missing a couple toes. He's measuring about 6 inches. Does anyone have a decent guess on his age? I'm guessing he came in marked as an albino, does that seem right? When I look up morphs, none really fit either of them. *sigh*


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    Welcome! I can't see the pictures so I can't comment. It's possible that Pauly is a little overwhelmed by the size of the enclosure. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to go back to the 10 gallon. Make a cardboard or plexiglass divider and in the evening put it in the enclosure so that he's in a smaller space. Ditch the waxworms. See if he'll eat if you leave the feeders in the smaller space for him. Don't worry about leaving a few crickets for the night, they won't hurt him. Let us know if that works.

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    Let me try these attachments again...
    Pauly 20200616_110110.jpg
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    For a very brief moment I had thought about putting him back in the 10 but I figured that would likely stress him out even more. I'll defiantly try making the space smaller...and to not be so worried about the crickets biting him. Thanks Acpart!

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    The first one is a normal gecko with reduced spotting and the second one is an albino. The first one looks as if there will still be more pattern changes, so is probably pretty young --a few months. In general, once the pattern stabilizes it's really impossible to know how old they are.

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    Thank you! It's fun you mention reduced spotting... I read on one page about something about morphs with less than X amount of spots... I thought who counts spots? Me probably.

    I did try the cardboard suggestion... Tonight I left for a sec and came back to put it in again before bed and there was this sideeye.jpg He's just hanging off his cork flat and giving me a look. The jig is up. He's wandering around and eating just fine. Little brat. I love him.

    Thanks for the help!
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