Why is my Crested Gecko Not Eating?

Crested geckos can become inactive and refuse food for several reasons.

Here’s a breakdown…

Immediate Concerns

First, check the temperature!

Is their enclosure too warm or too cold? Ideal temperatures are 72-78°F (22-25°C) during the day, with a slight drop at night.

Incorrect temperatures can drastically affect their metabolism.

Also, check for any sign of Dehydration.

Is your gecko misted regularly for humidity? Look for sunken eyes, and wrinkled skin. 

Investigating the Problem

Follow everything I say below step-by-step:

  1. Stress:
    • Was there a recent change to their environment? New hides, decor, or a move? Offer plenty of hiding places for security.
    • Does another pet or even your handling cause stress? Minimize direct interaction for a while.
  2. Illness:
    • Are there any abnormal droppings, discharge, or labored breathing? These are clear signs of illness, requiring a vet visit.
    • Shedding issues (stuck shed) can cause discomfort. Consider a warm, humid soak or creating a humidity box.
  3. Enclosure Setup
    • Is the habitat tall enough to provide climbing opportunities? Crested geckos are arboreal.
    • Is the enclosure too clean? They don’t thrive in completely sterile environments.

So what to do?

Be patient!

Sometimes it’s temporary. Allow a few days before worrying too much.

Try offering some CGD on your fingertip to stimulate feeding.

Still not seeing? Then check at Night!

Crested Geckos are nocturnal. Observe them after sundown – they may be moving and eating then.

However, If concerned or if these steps don’t help, don’t hesitate to consult a reptile veterinarian.

Immediately do this…

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