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    Assisted feeding: Hold the gecko gently in one hand. Poke a feeder at the side of the mouth (I find that mealworms are easiest to do this with because they don't squish). Eventually the gecko will (hopefully) open the mouth and you can push the feeder in and the gecko will swallow it. So I'm not shoving feeders down the throat, but I am pushing them into the mouth and then letting them eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Assisted feeding: Hold the gecko gently in one hand. Poke a feeder at the side of the mouth (I find that mealworms are easiest to do this with because they don't squish). Eventually the gecko will (hopefully) open the mouth and you can push the feeder in and the gecko will swallow it. So I'm not shoving feeders down the throat, but I am pushing them into the mouth and then letting them eat them.

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    Huh never heard of that thank you again

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    It's possible that she's getting her toenails stuck on the carpet. I use ceramic tile and like that a lot.

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    Do you seal the tiles at the edges? I'm planning a larger habitat and was thinking a layer of tile might radiate heat better at the warm end.

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    I would not seal the tile. I take everything out periodically to clean and disinfect, which is a lot easier to do if the tile is loose. Individual tiles can be removed for washing if they get soiled as well. You can shop around at a habitat for humanity warehouse or something similar and pick up tons of cheap tile that you can arrange to fit pretty much any enclosure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skellie View Post
    I would not seal the tile. I take everything out periodically to clean and disinfect, which is a lot easier to do if the tile is loose. Individual tiles can be removed for washing if they get soiled as well. You can shop around at a habitat for humanity warehouse or something similar and pick up tons of cheap tile that you can arrange to fit pretty much any enclosure.
    Thanks for replying. Do you put anything over the tile or are they ok walking directly on it? I'm assuming you're using unglazed tile, right?

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    I use ceramic and slate tile. There is no finish on the tile, but it's not porous enough to need that. The geckos have no problem with walking on it, they often just lay their bellies on it and seem to really like it. Definitely better than paper towels, which is what I originally used. Feeders cannot crawl underneath the tile like they do with paper towels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Assisted feeding: Hold the gecko gently in one hand. Poke a feeder at the side of the mouth (I find that mealworms are easiest to do this with because they don't squish). Eventually the gecko will (hopefully) open the mouth and you can push the feeder in and the gecko will swallow it. So I'm not shoving feeders down the throat, but I am pushing them into the mouth and then letting them eat them.

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    She she'd unsuccessfully again last night, second time. This time was worse than the first. Shed stuck on her toes, face, shed all over the tank. Why is she shedding so poorly? I sprayed down her moist hide and the tank before she shed.
    Edit: some how she just got the shed off, but I still wanna know why theres skin everywhere and why she's shedding so poorly

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    How are you supplementing? Sometimes a lack of vitamins such as Vitamin A can cause poor shedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neon Aurora View Post
    How are you supplementing? Sometimes a lack of vitamins such as Vitamin A can cause poor shedding.
    I was supplementing... When she was eating

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    As long as you were supplementing when she was eating, I think that vitamins is probably not the issue. I honestly have a lot more trouble with geckos shedding when they are kept in tanks as opposed to tubs due to lower humidity in general (I also live in a very dry climate which does not help). One thing I have done with success is putting the gecko in a sealed plastic container with wet paper towels in the bottom when I notice signs of shedding. I GENTLY heat the container by placing it on the warm side where the warm hide would be until it is nice and steamy in there. I let the gecko stay in there for about 20 minutes, being careful not to let it get too hot in the sealed container. I repeat this as many times as I want until the geckos has shed. If I catch the gecko in the middle of shed I will put it in the container. I think this works a better than warm baths. You can also try moving her humid hide closer to the heat pad so it gets steamier in there. You can even replace the warm hide with the humid hide during shedding.

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