Gehyra food strikes?

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Hello all, looking for some insight.

I've been keeping Gehyra marginata for about 2 years now, and I keep running into a reoccurring problem. They tend to go on food strike, not on a regular basis, but it keeps being a problem. They also are highly selective on what they eat, practically holding out or total refusal of different feeder insects and other food. Some feeders they used to love, and then all of the sudden they stop eating them and never touch them again.

I currently have 4 adults, two of them being wild-caught. I also have successfully bred them, and have hatched out 7 hatchlings. I do not run into this issue with the babies.

The Wild-caught pair will practically only eat CGD, and only a few specific flavors mixed together. The male sometimes will take to hornworms - but I've tried every feeder available to me and unfortunately never had been successful.

The captive bred adults and the one sub-adult male I've raised from the egg used to be phenomenal eaters, but now are highly picky or refusing all types of food offered.

For feeders I've offered crickets, red runner roaches, dubias, waxworms, mealworms, superworms, hornworms, and silkworms. When they're babies they smash crickets and tend to take a variety. However, they will pig out on the fattier options and eventually refuse the much better "staple" feeders. Essentially, once I introduce them to superworms - they'll look at crickets like broccoli the same way a human child does. However I have one that won't touch even those anymore.

They go through these phases every few months, sometimes refusing for food for a month or more.

I use halogen basking lamps on a dimmer to control the temperature at around 86-90 degrees farenheit, my room reaches about 78 during the day and drops down to 72-73 at night. The humidity during the day usually drops down to 60%, sometimes 55% depending on the time of year. I keep them all in bioactive set-ups.

Feel free to ask any other questions. Any help is welcome!


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Hello, i just buy a WC Halmahera Gecko and they seems didn't want to eat the crickets. What should i do?

Elizabeth Freer

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Hello, i just buy a WC Halmahera Gecko and they seems didn't want to eat the crickets. What should i do?
Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Mardo!

I don't know. Perhaps your gecko is just settling in to his new enclosure.

Please begin your very own thread by posting your message right here.

How is your English? Can you translate thorrshamri's care sheet?
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