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Baby Gargoyle Underweight?
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I've had a baby garg for a little over a week. I've been feeding him every night by hand but he doesn't always eat a whole lot. He's about 2 months old and I just weighed him today and he's only 1.7 grams. He looks a little skinny but he's only turned down food two nights out of the 11 I've had him. Should I be worried?
Also, how can I ensure that he eats on his own? He seems scared to venture down to the bottom of his cage. I watched a YouTube vid of someone that kept young gargs in smaller tanks until they were older. Is this a good idea?
Please, any input is needed. Thanks
03-05-2013, 02:15 AM #2
If their enclosure is too large, they have trouble finding food. I would place it in a smaller enclosure, no handling, and a room with little to no foot traffic. The stress on babies can cause this. Along with just bringing it home. ( they usually take a little to settle in all the way)
Ok, thanks. I set him up in a smaller tank today. He seems to like it. Any advice on how to get them to start eating on their own?
05-14-2013, 05:57 PM #4
I would use a little bit of baby food (but I wouldn't recommend it long term, but just use it until it gains some weight and please use calcium in it as well). Also you could use some pinhead crickets dusted with some Repashy and some calcium powder.R.Leachianus
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05-28-2013, 02:29 AM #5
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Speaking from experience with a previously underweight Garg, I would suggest using a small Kritter Keeper to house the little one and upgrade the size of the keeper as it grows. The keeper's are relatively cheap and occasionally you can find them at dollar stores. I found with my female she upgraded keepers roughly every month to month and a half until after about 6 months she was large enough to be housed in the largest keeper for approx. another 6 months.
I found for feeding, offering crickets every second day worked well. Use appropriately sized crickets as the gecko grows, nothing too daunting at first. Like LeachiesRock stated previously, pinheads are best to use at the present time. A tip to know if an insect is appropriately sized for a gecko is to look at the distance between the eyes, an insect that size or smaller should be offered.
I imagine you're in the US so I'm not sure if you have access to Clark's Gecko Diet. I'm located in Canada and this is a popular choice as an alternative to Repashy. I would limit the amount of baby food you feed your gecko as almost all of them have added sugars that may make your gecko reject less favorable foods in the future. You may, however, mix a small portion together with either Clark's or Repashy diets and offer it in a small dish, such as a bottle cap (I use Snapple lids) or another type of shallow dish. As an adult, she actually eats out of a porcelain soya sauce dish, she will refuse any other "platters" offered! I should include that I offer this mix on the alternate days of crickets, and leave one day a week without food, kind of a "digestion day".
With this, my once underweight gargoyle has gone from a 5g baby to a 70g+ "jelly roll" in about 2 years
I hope this helped you out a little bit, I kind of got carried away... haha