Leopard Gecko That Has Stopped Eating

Why did my leopard gecko randomly stop eating? Or what is causing my leopard gecko to get hungry? There are several reasons why reptiles may cease eating. Occasionally, it stems from anything we've done or given them in the past, but other times it's a result of a sickness. Before you hurry your leopard gecko into your veterinarian's office, there are a few things you may do at home if he has suddenly stopped consuming food but is still active.

What Makes Leopard Geckos Quit Their Food?

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There are several reasons why leopard geckos may become apathetic towards food. Most can be fixed with the right attention or a fast visit to the exotic veterinarian. Some, nevertheless, are more difficult to deal with.

1 - Chilly surroundings

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The primary cause of leopard geckos ceasing to feed is extreme cold. It might be that your leopard gecko's heat source has burned out, that the heat mat has stopped working, that there's a draft entering the cage, or that it's simply become too cold. Many anorexic geckos visit the animal clinic when the seasons shift from autumn to winter, but most of the time, a small adjustment to their surroundings' temperature will cause them to resume eating.

Your leopard gecko will probably stop feeding if the temperature drops below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which will lower its metabolic rate. If you don't keep the temperature in the room where the gecko lives at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, you'll need to add more heat, and not many people maintain their homes that warm. It is difficult to keep an eye on the temperature where the gecko is sitting because a heat mat, while effective, does not warm the surroundings as effectively as it would the cage flooring. A basic heat light for the enclosure is far more convenient and economical. This will allow you to keep a close eye on the basking temperature or ensure that the temperature in the leopard gecko's cage doesn't drop too low at night.

2 - Affected The feces

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Your leopard gecko might have fecal particles if it hasn't defecated recently. This fecal impaction may have resulted from bedding debris that was inadvertently swallowed or from a recent large and hard meal, such as super worms, that your leopard gecko consumed. Fecal matter blockages can also be caused by urea plugs. Try giving your gecko two daily soaks in a bath of warm water if it's experiencing these issues. Your gecko should be able to submerge its hips in the water. You should give your gecko a light belly rub while it's immersed. You ought to bring your gecko to the veterinarian if that does not help it pass stool and urinate. Your leopard gecko may require an enema from your veterinarian, or it may be found to have intestinal parasites or require additional care.

3 - 

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Your leopard gecko may be suffering from a respiratory infection if it stopped eating after experiencing a drop in temperature or a cold from a draft. Reptiles frequently get respiratory illnesses, which can make them less hungry. Your leopard gecko's absence could have a different cause if they are ill in any other way. Your exotics veterinarian can identify conditions such as mouth ulcers, growths that obstruct the intestinal tract, and other conditions. See the exotics vet for help if you think your gecko's disease is the cause of its lack of appetite.

4 - Injury

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Your leopard gecko might quit eating if it is in discomfort from an injury or has a wound. Injuries to the eyes, tails, toes, or abscesses can all be quite uncomfortable and discourage your gecko from eating. If you are aware that your gecko is injured, be aware that it can refuse food until its discomfort is reduced and it feels better.

5 - Issues with vision

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Your gecko may not be able to see its food if it has retained skin around its eyes, particularly if it is attempting to grab a cricket. This typically happens following an unfinished shed and is frequently brought on by the cage's low humidity. Corneal ulcers or retrobulbar abscesses are two more eye conditions that could make your gecko quit eating. 

6 - Handling

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The best way to manage a leopard gecko's lack of appetite is to assess your pet's surroundings, behavior, and physical characteristics and make the right  judgment as to what might be causing it.


1: Is my gecko acting normally, or might it be sick, injured, or infected? A trip to see a veterinarian is advised if your pet exhibits other symptoms or is lethargic.

2: Are there problems with the eyesight of my gecko? If so, the only option to fix the issue is to visit the veterinarian.

3: Does my pet excrete in the right way? If not, try using the hip bath or massage method mentioned; if it doesn't work, consult your veterinarian.

4: Is my pet maybe cold? Now is the perfect time to install a heat lamp if you haven't already, because the weather is cold. Regularly check the temperature. This could address the issue in a matter of hours.

Naturally, if none of the above solutions have worked and your gecko has stopped eating for another reason, be sure to arrange an appointment with your exotics veterinarian so they can assist you in determining the cause of its eating cessation.

How to Keep Leopard Geckos from Experiencing Appetite Loss

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Although there is no foolproof way to stop appetite loss, following these tips can be helpful.

1: Make sure everything in your pet's cage is warm and unintentionally consumed.

2: Steer clear of foods that could upset your pet's stomach, such as super worms.

3: Treat your gecko with caution to prevent harm.

It's best to take your leopard gecko to the veterinarian as soon as you see any symptoms of illness.

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