Leopard Gecko Eating Problems
One very common problem amongst Leopard geckos are eating
problems. This can range from total anorexia (unwillingness or
inability to eat), to poor appetite with chronic weight loss.
The most common reason for Leopard gecko eating problems are
husbandry related. Before attempting to go on the journey of
venturing into diseases and other related problems, make sure to
correct these first. The less common causes problems will be discussed
on this page in some
Leopard Gecko Not
This is the most severe
end of the not eating scale for Leopard geckos. Total anorexia
can be very serious and should always be regarded as such. The
most serious causes of anorexia are
Leopard gecko injuries. These might range from less serious disease i.e.
parasites to more serious conditions such as
Leopard Gecko Eating Difficulties
This group can be divided into two categories namely Leopard geckos eating
very little (i.e. compared to its cage mate) and Leopard geckos
eating various amounts of food, but performing poorly (i.e. not picking up weight).
Leopard geckos that eat poorly can be anything from mild
various stress causing conditions. Common problems with poor
eaters include incorrect sized crickets,
injuries with or without infections, normal or
shedding, or incorrect
Make sure that all these aspects are ruled out before looking at
more serious causes.
geckos that are
eating, but are unable to pick up weight (mostly seen on their
overall body condition score, especially on the tail) usually infested
by Leopard gecko
Gecko Eating Problems
comes to baby Leopard geckos there are a few important pointers
to remember. Firstly, buy healthy, strong babies to prevent
eating problems later on. Secondly, husbandry, husbandry,
husbandry! When it comes to baby Leopard gecko eating problems,
try to house babies individually, and never house adults /
juveniles and babies together. Another important thing is to
as much as possible. Only handle these geckos when it is
absolutely necessary! Last thing is to give the correct size
prey. Only try to feed small sized crickets.
Leopard Gecko Eating Problem Stimulation
The correct husbandry, especially temperatures,
can't be stressed enough. Other means of stimulation includes
using the correct sized crickets (perfect size is the distance
of the space between the eyes of the gecko), by giving plenty of
crickets at feeding time (instead of one at a time), or sometimes by not giving a lot of
crickets at feeding. Some Leopard geckos will be stimulated by
plenty of crickets running around, while others can be stressed
out by this. Less serious eating difficulties might also be stimulated by using a
gecko food rock. or by feeding crickets using a set of
Leopard Gecko Not Eating Treatment
First of all, always separate a sick Leopard gecko from healthy
It is important not to wait until its too late when it comes to
Leopard gecko eating problems. Correct what needs to be
corrected, but if the problem is not solved rather organize a
consult with an experienced
veterinarian sooner than later. Total anorexia can be
serious and should be dealt with ASAP.
Leopard gecko eating problems are treated by finding the
underlying cause, which can sometimes be very difficult.
Remember to include a fresh sealed stool sample with the vet
visit. A lot of the cases will be treated for parasites. Stool
might need to be send off to the laboratory to diagnose
Severe cases might need hospitalization. Supportive treatment
includes parenteral fluids (drips) and force feeding.