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Posted by: maskdt at Tue Jun 12 22:34:55 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by maskdt ]  
   

It probably is a good idea to give him a little bit of food just in case. Fruity baby food works very well for force-feeding, and is sometimes cheaper to buy than to make (well-mashed fruits work well, too.) When I had to force-feed my plated lizard, I found that using a spoon with baby food on the tip worked quite well.

All it usually takes is just getting even a tiny bit of food
past his lips, and the lizard should start licking up a bit in response. You can also put a little on the tip of his snout to help encourage him.

Unless a vet recommends otherwise, you shouldn't make him eat much at all, especially since that will likely need a syringe and poses a much higher risk of being bitten by an annoyed lizard.

There's also the slight chance that, like my own plated, he just doesn't like to have an audience at meal times. I rarely see mine eat, yet he leaves plenty of evidence of his hearty appetite.

Good luck with the little guy! Hopefully he'll start eating on his own again soon.


   

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