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RE: Viper Gecko Help

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Posted by: Severa at Sun Jul 13 22:33:17 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Severa ]  
   

I would do a couple of things:

In order for her to get the crickets, I would handicap the cricket. I have rehabilitated geckos that were given to me and pretty bad off. I got a shallow dish and clipped the crickets legs off....ALL of them! It sounds bad but its what it took for them to get a easy meal! Once they were getting back on track, I would just pinch the big back legs off. Once they were nearly at 100%, I would not handicap the crickets at all.

If you want to go the less brutal route, get some slower moving prey. Gut load some mealies. For rehab purposes, I have used wax worms just to get weight on but you really need to be careful with those. They are more fatty than nutritious and should not be used as the staple... (yadda yadda yadda)
Its really important though that she gets the nutrients in her condition.

You might not agree with this because of the trouble but I would also set her up in another enclosure by herself. She is weaker than her cage mates and she may be not as likely to be as ravenous as she should be during feeding. There is a picking order in every colony. Right now, I'd be willing to bet in her condition that she is the lower guy on the totum. I would keep her by her lonesome until she was 110% better. You will have her recover faster by herself. She will have next to no possible stress in her own cage.

Hope this helps,
Severa


   

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