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    Question Leopard gecko eating, but not pooping.


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    My leopard gecko is about 6-8 months old and we recently got him two months ago. He's been doing just fine, except he hasn't pooped in about a week. He continues to eat normally (3-5 giant meal worms and 8 dubia roaches every other day.) We've never seen him go over to his water bowl, but we're concerned about his health. He's been acting normally as he used to, but I'm not sure if we need to take him to the vet.
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    There's a chance he's going somplace that you haven't been able to find (check inside his hides). They can go more than a week without pooping as well. Unless he's on a particle substrate (like sand), there probably isn't anything to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    There's a chance he's going somplace that you haven't been able to find (check inside his hides). They can go more than a week without pooping as well. Unless he's on a particle substrate (like sand), there probably isn't anything to worry about.

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    I've checked everywhere and sadly I can't find anything. I'm currently using paper towels for his tank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4phie View Post
    I've checked everywhere and sadly I can't find anything. I'm currently using paper towels for his tank!
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    Sometimes adding moisture to a leo's diet helps them poop. Have you access to very small hornworms?

    Petco near me carries 4-packs of hornworms for about $10. Petsmart may too. Hornworms are chock full of moisture (85%)! That's a good thing, because dehydration can cause constipation. Hornworms naturally contain more calcium than any other feeder! Be sure to buy the smallest hornworms that are about 1 inch long. Hornworms mushroom in size just about overnight when kept at room temperature.

    Keep hornworms @ 55*F. Change out the cool pack every 12 hours. That keeps hornworms from growing too quickly. A refrigerator is too cool for them & will make the hornworms' food tough.

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    Approximate nutritional content of HORNWORMS (source Mulberry Farms):
    • Protein: 9%
    • Fat: 3%
    • Calcium: 46.4mg/100mg
    • Calcium : phosphorus ratio is 1:3. That ratio is quite low compared to other worms! [Phosphorus impairs calcium absorption. Serve plain or lightly dust hornworms with pure precipitated calcium carbonate (withOUT vitamin D3) to rebalance the calcium and phosphorus even further.]
    • Moisture: 85%
    For link 33 click: Hornworm Care Guidelines
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 09-27-2021 at 12:11 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    You find at the beach
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Sometimes adding moisture to a leo's diet helps them poop. Have you access to very small hornworms?

    Petco near me carries 4-packs of hornworms for about $10. Petsmart may too. Hornworms are chock full of moisture (85%)! That's a good thing, because dehydration can cause constipation. Hornworms naturally contain more calcium than any other feeder! Be sure to buy the smallest hornworms that are about 1 inch long. Hornworms mushroom in size just about overnight when kept at room temperature.

    Keep hornworms @ 55*F. Change out the cool pack every 12 hours. That keeps hornworms from growing too quickly. The refrigerator is too cool for them.




    For link 33 click: Hornworm Care Guidelines
    Alright, I'll try that! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4phie View Post
    Alright, I'll try that! Thank you!
    You ARE welcome!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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    Thankfully last night, he shed and had one hornworm; he pooped early this morning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4phie View Post
    Thankfully last night, he shed and had one hornworm; he pooped early this morning!
    Yahoo, great job!
    "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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