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My Baby Leopard Gecko Wont Eat. HELP.

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    My Baby Leopard Gecko Wont Eat. HELP.

    hello my baby leopard gecko is about 5-6 weeks old and i have had him for 5 days now. i have been given baby crickets buy the reptile shop but he wont eat them i know he has seen them but he has paid them no interest. One of them even landed on his nose but still he didn't care. I am really worried what shall i do?






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    Re: My Baby Leopard Gecko Wont Eat. HELP.

    There could be a couple of things that can affect the appetite.
    First is having a proper set up with the proper heat needed.
    Your enclosure should have a hot side and a cool side
    Hot side should have a basking temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit
    The cool side should be around 75 degrees Fahrenheit
    You should have 3 hides
    1 hot hide on the hot side
    1 moist hide on the hot side
    1 cool hide on the cool side

    What are you using for a heat source?
    How are you measuring your temperatures? You will need to use a digital thermometer with a probe, the dial/analog and the strip type are very inaccurate. To take your basking temperature you will want to place the probe end on the hot side, if its not touching something then it will only read the air temp.

    They need belly heat to properly digest its food.
    Does your leo look healthy?
    Parasites could be another reason for loss of appetite
    Taking a sample of a fresh poop to the vet for a fecal test.

    Can you take a photo of your leopard gecko and a photo of your enclosure.

    Another reason is that your leo is getting used to his new home, is he running and hiding?

    Here is a caresheet;
    Leopard Gecko Care Guide (Eublepharis macularius)

    And here is the heating section of the care section;
    Leopard Gecko Heating
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    Re: My Baby Leopard Gecko Wont Eat. HELP.

    Will put on a photo later. It has all you say it needs. I use a heat mat and the temperature is correct.

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    Re: My Baby Leopard Gecko Wont Eat. HELP.

    Typically I say wait a week a week on the first feeding, However I usually feed them on about the 3rd or 4th day. With that being said, Michele already covered a lot. I have a few more questions.



    What are you measuring temps with Digital or analog?
    What did the previous owners feed?
    Did he eat with the previous owners?
    What did he eat with the previous owners(crickets, mealworms, etc)?

    They may have fed him something you are not feeding so he is not used to eating what you are offering. Kind of like when your mother gave you greens when you was little you wanted the dessert instead.
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    Re: My Baby Leopard Gecko Wont Eat. HELP.

    I recently got a young leopard gecko as well, maybe a month or two older then yours. When I first got it, it wouldn't eat for a couple days, I was a very worried too. It may just need some time to adjust to it's new home. Mine started eating after a week or so.
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