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Hey there! i recently purchased a baby leopard gecko, and i have  a 10 gallon tank with one rock hide, humid hide, and hide on the cold end. I also provide a food dish which contains small meal worms with calcium/d3 at the bottom, for when it decides to eat out of it so i know for sure hes getting proper calcium/d3, the first day i got it, it ate 4 dusted supposedly medium crickets, but they were in fact small, the next morning i saw that it pooped almost the length of its tail! lol, the second day it didnt seem to want to eat anything, the third day it ate 1 cricket, the fourth day it ate one cricket and almost went after another, for some reason it lost interest when the cricket ran away. It seems as if it has a weird eating pattern, and i just wanted to know if it normal for a baby to act like this for the first week and what should i do for it to have a normal eating schedule. thanks!

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Hi Alfonso,

I don't think you have anything to worry about. The feeding pattern of new arrivals can be sporadic until they settle into the new environment. They often do not feed at all for the first week, so your little guy is doing pretty well. As a baby he is also still perfecting his hunting skills. Their appetite will often diminish as they prepare to shed which babies do quite frequently in response to their rapid growth.

Keep in mind that although leos will eat just about anytime, they are actually nocturnal and his most active and alert period would occur sometime after midnight.

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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