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    Hello! Some of you know, I'm new to reptiles and I'm a real nervous mother of an owner I've had my leo just over three weeks now, and I've been feeding her locusts and mealworms. She's happy to stalk mealworms across her tank, but will only catch locusts if they are directly in front of her hide. If both her hides are out of the tank she might chase them but seems to lose track once they hop and loses interest immediately. I've even tried leaving her alone for 5-10 minutes but no change! I have to catch them repeatedly to put them near her for her to hunt them.

    Do I need to worry about this? I'm a bit worried that she won't get the exercise she needs or that I've made her dependent on me? It doesn't seem to be that she's not hungry - she will catch it if I put it near her, and she'll eat more mealworms if I switch them out. Could it be that she doesn't want to hunt because she's not settled yet?

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    I got my lepord gecko on Monday and it hasn't really ate y is this is it because it's in a new place and has to get used to its place (it's a baby) oh and Maybe yours is a picky one give them crickets too and see if they like them good luck��

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    Thank you! Maybe someone can give us both information. I didn't have any issues with mine eating but from what I've read, many of them can take a while to start eating because they're still settling in and babies are extra nervous about new places. I've got a care book that says to keep offering food but as far as I understand, it's nothing to be concerned about at the moment. I'm sure someone more experienced can give you more information though!

    She's quite happy to eat locusts, she's just not keen on hunting them down! It's a mystery
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    A variety of feeders is always a good option. Try some others if you're very worried. She's eating them so that's a good sign.
    I'd say to not get too worried though. It just sounds like your gecko is more of an ambush predator. I can see how she'd want to hunt from the safety of her cave entrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lepordgecko View Post
    I got my lepord gecko on Monday and it hasn't really ate y is this is it because it's in a new place and has to get used to its place (it's a baby) oh and Maybe yours is a picky one give them crickets too and see if they like them good luck��
    Yes it is mostly because he/she is still adjusting to the new home. Your best bet would be to leave a few mealworms in a small escape proof dish, then check it about 30min later. If they ate some great, if not then no worries, you can try again the next day. Just be very careful not to disturb them when doing this, stress from a new home is already rough, you wouldn't want to add to it

    Like Kelly said, your Leo sounds comfortable eating this way MissFrances. Adding a variety is also a very good idea. My Leos favorites are Hornworms, Dubia Roaches, Phoenix Worms, and Superworms. There are lots of feeder options out there though
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    Thank all of you for your help
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    Mine is a lousy hunter and usually wont eat his roaches/crickets unless they're right under his nose. I've always had that problem with him, even on carpet and paper towels. Some are fantastic hunters, while others are just a bit lazy. To make up for his lack of hunting abilities, I get him out a couple of times a week for exercise on the couch or bed. Since you live in the UK, you can get just about any feeder except hornworms. Dubia roaches are a great feeder and so are phoenix worms (though some leopards just do not like them).
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    I think I'll start doing that when she's more comfortable, Jess! That was my main worry, that she wouldn't get exercise from hunting them. Do you do up anything in particular with Ziggy or just let him ramble? I'm looking into getting some different feeders for her, too.

    Thank you all for your help, I was worried I was encouraging bad habits, it makes sense now that different geckos would have different ways of hunting
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    I just get him out of his tank and let him roam. I end up spending most of his exercise time trying to keep him from climbing down onto the floor, so it's a good cardio workout for me as well

    I found that he loves our king sized bed the most, more area to explore and I'll jumble up the blankets to make "caves" but I also have to make sure that he doesn't get lost in the abyss.
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    To update this, I think I've worked out her issue. Had a weird poop the other day with what seemed to be a half-digested mealworm. She'd had two healthy poops after eating earlier in the week, and a google suggested she was overeating - makes sense as she ate on Tuesday, ate Wednesday (after the laser-chasing debacle ) and then someone in my house decided to try to feed her Thursday. She ate two mealworms and then returned to her hot hide. Weird poop followed.

    Today, she was sitting in her warm hide acting pretty strange. She just stood there staring at me, didn't move at all. Popped a few locusts and mealworms in there and she hunted them all around the tank! After ~2 locusts and 5-7 mealies she started her usual of 'put it in front of me and I'll eat it.' My conclusion is that perhaps she isn't as good at self-regulating as I initially thought, and she's not chasing her food because she isn't actually hungry. Does that sound likely?

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