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    Hey everyone. I am a new owner to a juvenile mack snow leopard gecko. I have had him for 3 days and he is doing well and eating small mealworms every day. (Doesn't seem very interested in crickets.) How often do I dust his prey with calcium, calcium D3, and supplements? Kind of lost here. Any help or a schedule of what you do yourself would be very appreciated!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    For young geckos I recommend:

    Lightly dust crickets, Blaptica dubia, and mealworms with Zoo Med's supplements like this:
    •Monday - lightly dust with Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamin withOUT D3
    •Wednesday - lightly dust with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    •Saturday - lightly dust with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3

    Use the Reptivite multivitamin sparingly! The directions on both containers suggest dusting according to your gecko's weight.

    Recommend feeding crickets, Blaptica dubia, and mealworms Albers' All Purpose Poultry Feed, Purina Layena Sunfresh Crumbles, or Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food all 24/7 with added collard greens and dandelion flowers/greens.

    Concentrate on feeding a good dry diet to crickets and mealworms. You will find detailed guidelines here: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...uidelines.html

    The diet you feed bugs and worms is most important. Powdered supplements are necessary, but secondary. Till you get all this together, go with the powdered supplement schedule I recommend above.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-22-2015 at 01:56 AM.
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    The diet you feed bugs and worms is most important. Powdered supplements are necessary, but secondary. Till you get all this together, go with the powdered supplement schedule I recommend above.
    Elizabeth, if someone is feeding their insects a good diet, and gut loading them, would you still recommend the above schedule?
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    Kyle,

    For Edgar I have been doing once a week calcium and once a week to every other week reptivite. Tidus still gets twice a week calcium. Since the food has all sorts of vitamins and minerals in it plus great levels of calcium, I feel I can reduce the dusting with an adult, and will do so with T when he stops growing.
    ~Heather, Edgar & Tidus
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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    Elizabeth, if someone is feeding their insects a good diet, and gut loading them, would you still recommend the above schedule?
    Oops Kyle, sorry for the delay.

    When Gaz is fully grown and as long as you are using any one of the 3 dry diets mentioned above, I would cut back the Reptivite multivitamins without D3 as well as the Repti Calcium with D3.

    What Heather does is basically what I do.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Oops Kyle, sorry for the delay.

    When Gaz is fully grown and as long as you are using any one of the 3 dry diets mentioned above, I would cut back the Reptivite multivitamins without D3 as well as the Repti Calcium with D3.

    What Heather does is basically what I do.
    No worries, I have cut back on my supplements and food, and i got a scale. Lets see if i can get Gaz's armpit bubbles to go away

    They are less bubbly than before, now the skin looks a little saggy. Do you gals think the skin will return to normal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    No worries, I have cut back on my supplements and food, and i got a scale. Lets see if i can get Gaz's armpit bubbles to go away

    They are less bubbly than before, now the skin looks a little saggy. Do you gals think the skin will return to normal?
    Excellent reducing supplements and food! Nice that you can track Gaz's weight now.

    Hopefully because Gaz is young the extra "saggy" skin will "shrink" over several sheds. The older one gets, the less likely that is to happen!
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-23-2015 at 02:29 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Excellent reducing supplements and food! Nice that you can track Gaz's weight now.

    Hopefully because Gaz is young the extra "saggy" skin will "shrink" over several sheds. The older one gets, the less likely that is to happen!
    I have noticed over the past couple weeks the bubbles are reducing faster than i expected. I was afraid he would have them for months. Now the bubble area has a "pit" but still has some saggy skin. Here is a picture from 3/21. The middle area kind of looks like it is bubbling out, but that part is actually sucking into his body.
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    Can you add a "before" photo of Gaz to the above post?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    these were taken Feb 23

    Looking at these, I dont know if the bubbles have shrunk much, it may have just appeared that way because his arm is more stretched out. I need to get him out and look at them closer and weigh him again. He was at 80 grams last week.
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