Juvenile hasn't eaten on own since June!

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Re: Juvenile hasn't eaten on own since June!

Postby Kronk212 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:42 am

I appreciate the feedback on the bloodwork. This has been an agonizing journey to understand a species I am so unqualified to care for. I’m so confused why a reptile vet would tell me his blood was “toxic” and indicated a massive bacterial infection when no one else sees those indicators. But we will forge ahead!

Kronk is the same: We are going on three months of not eating on his own and he continues to hide all day. We are trying to force feed only every third day with BSFL, dubias, squash and greens. He doesn’t love it but he’s not going black anymore and seems to eat very normally once it’s in his mouth. And we bathe him every other day in case he wants water. Weight is stable at 230g.

If he is brumating, which seems unusual for his age and time of year, is it cruel to force feed him? And how long can I expect that behavior?
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Re: Juvenile hasn't eaten on own since June!

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:01 am

You're doing the best you can in this situation and it will just take time . I would reduce the baths to no more than once a week and do the feedings every few days unless he starts losing weight. I think he'll bounce back in the next few weeks, even a bit longer but he's been through a lot. He may do a semi brumation , sort of what he's trying to do now.
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Re: Juvenile hasn't eaten on own since June!

Postby loljelloclowdz » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:58 pm

Trick him into eating veggies with the following methods:
- Cut up some collards or cilantro or arugula and stuff it into the blueberry. You might need a little spoon thingy that we use in chemistry lab (it’s super tiny but metal and looks like an ice cream scooper) and scoop out some of the blueberry so it is hollow enough to stuff with veggies.
- Feed the feeder insects veggies
- squeeze blueberry juice on the veggies so they smell like blueberries.
- Bee pollen on the veggies
- Rephashy grub pie (loaded with vegetables, not a good staple feeder, but smearing the gel over veggies might make them appetizing.
- wrap BSFL in veggie leaves like little tiny sushi rolls
- cut the veggies smaller
- don’t mix salads together, but keep everything isolated.
- try different colored dishes
- Try putting potted cilantro and other safe plants in there - he may have the natural instinct to only consume straight from the plant. (You will need to get a growing light so it doesn’t wilt. I learned the hard way and ended up with a pathetic looking plant in under a week.)
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Re: Juvenile hasn't eaten on own since June!

Postby Drache613 » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:06 pm


Any updates for us yet? I hope that he is doing better. It is challenging when they just wont
eat! I agree with AHBD, he should hopefully get his appetite back here real soon. They can
slow down for seasonal reasons for varying amounts of time.
Do you have recent pictures of him?

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Re: Juvenile hasn't eaten on own since June!

Postby Kronk212 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:36 am

Thank you for the advice on encouraging greens consumption and for continued checkups on Kronk. He continues his hunger strike and remains inactive. We force feed about 10 BSFL, a few large meal worms and an occasional dubia every 4 days but I do wonder if we should stop that now. If I knew what I was talking about, I’d agree that he’s now brumating. He instantly goes under his perch, which resides directly under his vapor bulb, and lays there day and night. Sometimes eyes closed, sometimes just droopy. He also seems irritable when touched. I’m weighing him every couple of days and he’s about 226g. (How much is too much weight loss?) The most I’ve had him weight is 232g. I also still try to give him a bath 2x a week. I’d like him to poop; he hasn’t done that for probably 10 days. I know he hasn’t eaten much but I’d feel better stopping my force feeds and leaving him alone if his bowels were empty.

If this is now brumation, how dangerous is that considering how poor his condition and size are? How long do I let it go on? When do I worry? And is there anything different I should be doing for him (less light)?

Again, thank you!
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