Melted feeders?

sarahaney6

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I realize this might be in the wrong category but since its only happening with my hatchlings I figured I would post it here.

I hatched my very first two leos four days ago. They both shed yesterday and I figured it would be worth leaving food for them. I know most leos don't eat for the first week or so.

The issue I'm having is that when I removed the dish from the tub it was filled with completely liquefied super worms.

The hatchlings are in 6 qt tubs in a homemade rack. They are on paper towels for substrate with two hides. Towels are slightly moist but no condensation build up on the sides of the tubs. Hot spot is on point. They're hooked up to a VE-300 with heat mats until the tape arrives in the mail (they hatched a little sooner than I expected them to).

I am not having this problem with any of my other geckos. They are in 20 qt totes in the same rack system hooked up to the same thermostat.

If anyone can tell me what's going on I would really appreciate it!

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acpart

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I hope you were feeding them really tiny super worms. Can you post a picture of the worms (or, if you threw them out, and it happens again can you post a picture)?

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sarahaney6

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Thanks for the reply. Still not sure why it happened but it hasn't happened again. I think maybe it was too much humidity.

And yes of course I'm feeding them size appropriate prey. The smallest mealies I can get are actually a lot larger than the smallest supers in my area. I also don't care for using mealworms. They pupate too fast and i can't seem to keep them alive for longer than a couple weeks. I don't currently have any dubia small enough for them but they should be coming in the mail today so fingers crossed that they take to those ☺

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Neon Aurora

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High humidity shouldn't make superworms melt. The humidity in my hatchling tubs often gets quite high, and my mealies are fine. Do you think they could have tried to eat the worms and spat them back out? I have one gecko that will only eat mealworms. I tried to feed him a roach once and he chewed it up and spat it out and it was very mashed up. Not really liquefied, though.
 
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