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Hello,

We have an older carrot-tailed gecko.  We were given it a couple of years ago.  It is eating less and less - it will only eat basically from a brand new can of meal worms (Zoo Med Can O' Worms).  It's gotten ridiculous buying a brand new can every couple of weeks, then throwing out the whole rest of the can.  Any ideas?

Thanks!,
Jeff

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I'm frankly beyond amazed that your leopard gecko will eat dead mealworms in the first place.  A healthy leopard gecko should have a tail that's about as wide as his body - is his tail nice and fat, or has been losing weight?  If he has been losing weight, I would recommend you try offering some live mealworms or crickets (dusted with calcium powder), and see if his appetite picks up.  If it does not, take him to a reptile veterinarian, along with a fresh (not dried out) fecal sample, as it's time to check for illness.

Don't think he's getting old, as these animals live for 30 years. :)

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Donna Fernstrom

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My particular focus is on snakes and lizards, but I have a decent smattering of knowledge of turtles and crocodilians as well, plus the experience to get relevant information quickly if I don't have it on hand in my brain. I can answer questions on captive care, diet, breeding, incubation of eggs, starting hatchlings, and more. I am particularly experienced with ball pythons, Lygodactylus geckos and other small lizards with similar care requirements, leopard geckos, and garter snakes.

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I am a professional breeder of ball python morphs, Lygodactylus (dwarf) geckos, and mourning geckos. I have begun working with Irian Jaya carpet pythons, and plan to expand to include more gecko species in the future. I also have a background breeding leopard geckos, and have kept several other species of small lizards, snakes, and a water turtle.

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Nebraska Herpetological Society (nebherp.org)

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I have many care sheets published on my own website.

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High School Graduate. Extensively self-taught due to high interest in wildlife and reptile care.

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Fauna Classifieds board of inquiry Good Guy Certification

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