Mini juvenile, why so small?

  1. terradas
    I have a juvenile grandis that hatched in October, but is still relatively the same size as when it hatched. I find this quite odd considering how fast this species grows (clutchmate is 7"+).

    Background on this little one is it escaped immediately after hatching and spent the first 3 weeks of it's life in my cold dark basement. After being recovered, it lived with it's clutchmate and another hatchling of roughly the same size. Whether as the result of bullying or a bad shed, this little one lost the very tip of its tail so I immediately house it separately.

    It has been given identical, space, lighting and food as the other hatchlings and simply does not grow. Currently feeding on small crickets, dubia nymphs and DGD.

    Any idea why this is or if it will eventually grow? It has a killer amount of red pattern, but I don't want to sell any gecko that isn't perfectly healthy.

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    Some do not grow as quickly as others but from what you are describing your escapee has especially poor growth. Depending on how long it was housed with the others could have a lot to do with it. A certain dynamic happens when young grandis are housed together. At a certain point the most dominant ones control food procurement of the less dominate ones. This and other bullying causes a degree of stress that inhibits growth.

    Hope this helps, Jon
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