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    young mediterranean gecko won't eat

    I found a young mediterranean gecko at work, and took it home for the kids to see. The original plan was to release it, but after my son researched it on the internet, we found it was a mediterranean gecko, and since we live in the country, they are not found out here. We were afraid it would end up as food for the local box turtle or rat snake population, so decided to keep it as a pet. We bought a terranium and other supplies at petco, and purchased some small crickets and small mealworms. The problem is it doesn't want to eat. It appeared to be "stalking" the crickets some last night, but none were gone this morning. We removed the crickets from the habitat this morning, as we read they may "nibble" at the lizard when they get hungry. Since he is a nocturnal lizard, we thought we would return them to his home tonight. Are we doing something wrong? Or is he just taking time to adjust to his new home? We are afraid that since he is so tiny, we may be feeding him the wrong food, although these are tiny crickets. I did see they were selling small flightless fruit flies as well, would that be a better choice? Also, we read that these geckos don't eat fruit and veggies, and that we should feed them "gut loaded" crickets, so we are feeding the crickets accordingly. Should we put some fruit and veggies in his dish to see if he will eat them? Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. My son just loves this little lizard, "Raul", and we would hate to see him starve!






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    i don't know much about them but i do know that anything in a new environment is going to take some time to get used to it. about a week. during this time they don't really want to eat because they're already stressed being in a new place. i'm sure someone else will be along to help you. good luck.
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    Welcome to the HC, as DM stated its gonna take him a while to get used to his new surroundings, so give him a week or so to adjust. When you get the chance post some pics!

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    Geckos can be touchy. If it's too hot they won't eat, if they are in a new environment they won't always eat. Just keep trying, try different foods...geckos seem partial to the color red in baby foods; apple raspberry or apple blueberry.
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    thanks

    Thank you, I will try some baby food and see what happens. I read that if you put some on their mouth they will lick it off, but he is so skittish, I don't want him to be overly afraid of me. Here is a picture of our little guy, Raul.


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    All house geckos are evil. I wouldn't give him even an inch to escape.
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    What a cutie

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    Welcome to Hc Network Janet! Glad you found us and thanks for the pic of your little guy. From what I hear, they arent native to Texas, but so many have escaped, that there is a population growing there now....Good luck...
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    Yes, I guess they are imports from India, from what I've read. They are found all over in populated areas now, apparantely as far north as Lawrence Kansas! However, we never see them out here in the rural areas. He finally ate one of the crickets, or so it seems since it is missing! Any other suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for all the help!

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    Janet, just a question: You called it a mediterranean gecko, which it is, but state that it is from India. Since when is the mediterranean in India?

    Keep on sluggin away, from what I know house geckos LOVE baby food...make sure it's just mushed fruit and water, maybe some citric acid for preserative.
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