My Gecko is NOT Eating!
Your Gecko may not be eating because its tank is too cold, The first thing to check here is the temperature in your gecko’s tank. Geckos are reptiles, and as such are dependent on external ways to help regulate their body’s temperature.
Your Gecko needs heat to digest its food, so if its tank is too cold, it will go in a food strike. The persistent cold will affect your gecko’s immune system. Do remember, though, that stress can also be a reason for your gecko’s strike.
A change in the environment will stress out your gecko – this is what causes your gecko to avoid food intake. An enclosure with abundant hide to retreat itself is the best way to overcome this issue.
Your gecko may be dehydrated: another important to ensure that your gecko has enough water in its enclosure, as dehydration may also cause it to stop eating. Dehydration and loss of appetite are associated issues.
After inspecting all the possible reasons, still, your gecko continues to refuse to eat, then take your gecko immediately to the veterinarian.
How Long Can A Gecko Live Without Eating
The typical adult gecko can go between 10 and 14 days without food, surviving on the fat they store in their tails. On the other hand, young geckos can only survive a maximum of 10 days without food, as they do not have as much fat in their tails as adults do.
Since cold-blooded animals do not rely on food to generate body heat as mammals do, cold-blooded critters do not have to eat as much as warm-blooded animals. This is why reptiles are able to survive even months without eating, especially during the cold season.
Dehydration from food can be due to:
- Overly dried food
- Rotting or out of date food
- Not providing enough food regularly. Adult geckos should eat every two days, juveniles every day.
- Not varying the food on offer enough. geckos love crickets, locusts, mealworms and waxworms.
- Not meeting your gecko’s dietary requirements. This can happen if you offer foods that are not good or suitable for your gecko.
How Often Should Geckos Eat
While geckos can go for weeks without eating, it should be out of their own choice, not yours. Therefore, make sure to follow a regular feeding schedule. It would be best if you fed young leopard geckos every day.
Geckos are strictly insect eaters so no greens are required. Geckos should be offered two appropriately sized insects for every inch of their total length every other day. Baby Geckos should be fed 5-7 small crickets or mealworms every day until they reach about 4 inches.
Waxworms are intended to be used to add fat to a geckos diet or the occasional treat, Geckos will quickly become spoiled on waxworms and may refuse other foods so use them sparingly.
Obesity and geckos
The owner of the gecko should strictly monitor the amount of food provided to the gecko, as obesity will make your pet unhealthy and uncomfortable.
Do your best to avoid overfeeding. Do note that the tail of the gecko is chubby by nature, and this is because of its fat-storing function, so there isn’t a need for much worry. It is completely normal for a gecko to have a flat stomach and a wider tail.
Can a gecko go without drinking water
Geckos can go for a day or two without water, but any more than two or three days can seriously harm your pet or even lead to its death. Three days is about the maximum you can push it, or else your leopard gecko can get dehydrated and die.
Things to keep your gecko hydrated
To keep your gecko in good health, provide them with a shallow dish filled with fresh, chlorine-free water once per day. De-chlorinated water is preferred as using distilled water can cause medical issues for your pet. This is because it has lacks nutrients and minerals.
You should also avoid giving your gecko untreated tap water as there could be chemicals or other things in the water we know to be unhealthy for your pet. You will need to place the dish on the cooler side of the tank.
What if my Gecko drinks water too much
Geckos are natives of dry grassland, rocky or desert climates. They have perfected being able to go a long time without drinking by absorbing moisture from their food and environments. However, they should still drink water every couple of days.
Because these geckos rarely drink, even experienced gecko owners do not often see them sipping from their pool. They also tend to drink at night while no one is around. This makes seeing a gecko drinking an unusual sight for owners. If you notice abnormal drinking it is a sure sign of dehydration.
The most common reasons for dehydration in geckos are incorrect tank setups or feeding problems. A correction of such problems should lead to a normal water intake in your gecko quickly.
Symptoms of dehydration
- Difficulty supporting weight
- Dried up skin
- Dry deposits around eyes and nose
- Refusing to eat
- Weight loss
- Problems shedding skin
- Sunken eyes
Force-feeding a Gecko
Force-feeding your gecko should only come as a last hope, but if you must, use a syringe filled with a mixture of chicken or turkey baby food, or crushed up mealworms or crickets.
Gently hold your gecko, apply some of the mixtures to its face, squeezing a little out at a time. Allow the gecko to lick their face and the syringe to get the food into their system.