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    Cuban Knight Anole that stopped eating; any suggestions?

    Hi, I'm new to the message board, and I would appreciate any help that I can get. I have a male cuban knight anole, whose age in unknown. I've had him since the middle of August, and at first, he was eating very well. I feed a good variety of crickets, superworms, and the occasional pinkie (which he loves!). ALl feeders are gut loaded and dusted with herptivite and repcal. He ate very, very well for a few weeks, and then he stopped taking crickets, and would only eat worms and pinkies. Then he started refusing the worms, and now he's refusing pinkies! His enclosure is 2'x2'x2', with a 95 degree basking area, an ambient daytime temp around 85, and humidity 70-90% (I mist the enclosure 4x's daily to get the humidity up to 90, and it drops to 70 by the time I spray it again). The He has the Reptisun 8.0 uvb bulb that runs the length of the enclosure. At night, the basking area is about 85 with an ambient temp of about 72 degrees. The enclosure has tons of live plants and moss, artificial plants, vines, and a large soaking dish, which he never uses. The substrate is reptibark. I've taken him to the vet several times for physicals, vitamin shots, fecal exams (negative for parasites), and x-rays. His bloodwork is still pending. The vets have no idea what's wrong with him. He has been shedding every 3-4 weeks, and the sheds have been complete. He just finished shedding 2 weeks ago. I've been force feeding him Carnivore Critical Care diet (1ml 2-3 times daily, as he'll take it.). His color is still a nice bright green, and he's still biting me every chance he gets- so he's acting normal! Though, he is starting to get stressed a bit from the handling, but as soon as a put him back in his enclosure he relaxes. He's my baby, and I'm very worried about him. Any suggestions? Thank you!
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    Good on you taking him to the vet. My Blue tongue skink and berber skink have gone through a similar change. My blue tongue didn't eat for 2.5 weeks and now refuses to eat any kind of bug. Only cat food for him!
    It corresponded with a pressure and humidity change (as well as a temp change outside that didn't affec interior temps). Is that perhaps at least part of it? Try a good wet cat food like Eagle Pack. Make sure it has no filler (ie Corn) and that it is lower in fat (so no puppy food). It won't be a good staple, but it could get your lizard eating food again.

    Also, check your room temps. Sometimes people forget that when they set up the cage, the room temp is at about 70 F (20C). If the room temps get boosted a few degrees, the cage will too. I've seen a few cases where it's just too hot.

    In the case of my berber skink, he caught wind of a better life- super worms instead of crickets. Now he won't eat crickets and will only eat superworms. Tsk tsk tsk.

    Sounds like you're doing everything right. Keep us posted please.
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    Thankyou for posting all of your cage information in your first post, it keeps everything running smoothly! It would save us a ton of time if other memebers would do the same when asking for advice.

    Has he been defecating recently? Did the vet palpate his abdoment to feel for an impaction? He could have ingested some Repti-bark which may be making him not feel well. If that isn't the problem I would just go with what Steve said and assume it is the changing seasons and double check all of your temps.
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    Thanks for the advice. My vet did palpate him and she didn't feel an impaction. We also took x-rays just to make sure, and there wasn't any evidence of impaction, organ enlargement, or fluid accumulation in the abdomen. His bone density looked good too- yay! no metabolic bone disease here! The temps inside the house haven't changed at all, but it did snow for the first time last week, so maybe that has something to do with it. I'll try the cat food idea, maybe that will work. Thanks!
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    also, he has been defecating regularly

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    HI....looks like you got some great advice here.....I just want to welcome you to HC Network! When you get a chance, post some pics of your baby......hope everything works out for him....
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    Welcome to HC, sorry I can't help you out but others can.
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    Wow it sounds like you have a great vet who is really on top of things, I am envious! Good luck with him. Have you tried Silkies?
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    I haven't tried silkies, but I've heard good things about them. I've never fed them before because there aren't any places near me that sell them. Does anyone know of a good place to get them online? Oh, by the way, he's shedding today! He ate some carnivore critical care diet (from my vet) mixed with a little canned cat food (that really did entice him), and yesterday, he began to shed! The shed is coming along very well, and he looks the best he has in days! My vets truely are wonderful, and I'm not just saying that because I', a vet assistant there! If anyone is in the buffalo area looking for a good herp vet, let me know, we've got fabulous doctors who really keep up on new findings in medicine. We even have an ultrasound and doppler to take pictures of internal organs (it really comes in handy for looking at the kidenys and heart). Thank you all once again for all the help. You guys are wonderful!
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    I'm so glad he ate and is looking better!
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