AFT turning her nose up at worms

Sandhouse

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I had crickets at first only because I hadn't figured out getting my hands on worms yet. She was good at eating those of course. BUT I couldn't tolerate them at all! I had about 200 crickets I rage quit on and just threw out because I couldn't do it. With the worms she has eaten two. I don't know why she ate them the first time and hates them now but I just tried to feed her worms again and she got interested at the movement, acted like she was about to strike, then walked up to it and licked it and made a face! I've tried making the worms wiggle a lot, cutting them so she can smell their guts, fed her in different environments etc.

So at this point I'm just looking for any more tips regarding making her eat the worms or advice on cricket keeping. I thought maybe if I go ahead and get the crickets from the really yucky pet store I can get to, then I can buy 20 or so at a time and deal with it happily enough despite the bigger cost. It's having so many crickets I totally can not deal with. But I hate to feed her from that place. Does anyone know of a way I can get really cheap and small amounts of crickets from the mail? Probably not.

Please please, any good advice or even unlikely ideas are welcome!

Roaches are out of the question because people in this house won't tolerate that at all (despite any arguments). And yes I have googled and searched this problem to death.
 
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Ruvik

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What you can do is let her not eat for a week or two then try and feed her the worms. She may be full enough that she will just turn her nose up at them. Fasting her for a week or two would put her into a "i will eat anything to live" plus with her fasting shouldn't hurt her too bad, just make her hungry. Leopard geckos have a nice fat storage with their tail so she will be fine for not eating a week or two. By then when you do offer her moving food she'll hit it up fast and eat.
 

acpart

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Note that this is a fat tail gecko, not a leo. I hate to say it, but most fat tails will not eat worms. You may be stuck with crickets. If you can stand it, you can try super worms. Some of my fat tails will eat super worms. You could try the suggestion above about letting her get hungry, but there's no guarantee. What bothers you about the crickets? Maybe there's a way to work on that. Most big pet stores sell crickets by the "piece", so you could get a few at a time. Also, even though I know the common wisdom is to take all the live feeders out of the enclosure after 15 minutes, I don't find this to be a problem with a healthy gecko. If you put in a week's worth of crickets and left a container of grain for the crickets to eat, maybe you wouldn't have to deal with them so often.


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Ruvik

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AH dang. XDDDD I didn't see where at in the form it was. My bad. XDDD Man I feel dumb now. Well I guess I tried.
 
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