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    Like many, I'm encountering concerns about my cresties weight. Here are thr facts:

    I have had her since August, at which point the breeder did not know her exact birth date. This makes her AT LEAST 3 months old.

    She was small when born, and 2.0 grams when I got her. She now only weighs 2.6g. In early October she weighed 2.4, so she is gaining.

    She does poop regularly, and I think they are increasing in size. She is fed CGD. I have thought about crickets but not tried it yet bc she's still small. Substrate is paper towel. She's still in a KritterKeeper. I change food every other day, or every second if its still moist. I live in a rainy climate so humidity should be good, and I still spray once a day. Water is additionally availble in a dish.

    According to the chart floating around she should be closer to 4g. Should I be concerned? Are parasites likely in this case? Stress or other environmental causes. I've heard as long as she's pooping she's fine, but it just seems really slow...

    Thank you...
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    1.0.0 dachshund (Silas)

  • #2
    What are her temps?

    I would suggest feeding her 2-3 crickets a week, dusted with Calcium with d3. I have a hatchling that was born near the end of September that is already almost 3g so yours does seem to be growing a bit slow. I have had others that just don't start off quickly but really begin to gain weight by the fourth or fifth month. If you are seeing poop then you are on the right track, but if you are still concerned then get a fecal done.

    Regardless, offering a few crickets is a good way to bulk her up...you just have to make sure that she is still eating her CGD.
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    • #3
      I dont feed crickets to my babies ether and all mine are doing just fine. Could they be bigger? Sure, but what's the hurry? Just because she is not gaining weight according to a chart does not mean she is not a healthy baby. I personally don't think you have anything to worry about.
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      • #4
        Babies not fed crickets often grow slower. Now this isnt a bad thing, I even personally noticed it this year as last season I offered crickets once a week, this year all the hatchlings had crickets once, and they are growing at a slower rate then with crickets. Does this make them less healthy? No not at all. I just like to ensure my little ones are happily eating cgd. Next season though they will be able to get roaches weekly as my colony will be large enough.

        But as Mike mentioned, temps do play a role. Cooler temps make them eat a bit less, thu growing more slowly. That doesnt mean run out and buy a light, but in the warmer months of next season you may see a growth spurt because of the rising temps and the increase of eating.
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        • #5
          She died this morning.
          0.0.1 crested gecko
          1.3.0 cats (Jonah, Virginia, Lilu, Zella)
          1.0.0 dachshund (Silas)

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          • #6
            I'm so sorry to hear this!
            I would say that Entamoeba could be a cause of death.
            So sorry for your loss
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            • #7
              Cause of death?

              I'm quite torn up by it. I feel responsible; my instincts told me something was wrong but I did not follow through. A few days before her death I fed her her first crickets, could this have contributed to the outcome? I'd love any insight on what could have been the cause. I posted thr conditions I kept her in previously. Perhaps the temps were low, about 60-65. Perhaps I should have only fed one cricket instead of two? Oh, the what-if game. But any help is welcome. I would like to try again in the future.
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              1.3.0 cats (Jonah, Virginia, Lilu, Zella)
              1.0.0 dachshund (Silas)

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              • #8
                Temps were a little low but not dangerous imo.

                The number of crickets was not it, I let mine eat all they want to in one sitting and have seen some babies take down 5-10+ crickets in that time.

                The crickets could easily have been carrying something.
                You never can be sure, but don't let this discourage you from keeping in the future.
                Sorry for you're loss.
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