I have a leopard gecko (p sure hes a boy) and ive been having trouble feeding him. i lost my job and i cant afford to go to the pet store to get him his crickets (i used to do it every other day or every two days). so ive been giving him mealworms (i dump more in when theyre gone) but he doesnt seem to like them. he only eats it as a last resort and he keeps getting smaller. i dont know what to do. if there was a rescue around id give him up but theres not. do you have any tips?
i personally have never kept a leopard gecko, so i am unsure as to how picky they can be with their food. mealworms should be fine, but if he’s been fed crickets his whole life, he may have a preference and is getting picky. has anything else changed in his environment or anything like that? most reptiles are very sensitive to changes in their routine. and as for giving him up to a shelter, you can always do research. it depends on where you live as to what’s around you. but, unfortunately either way it will be life and death for this little guy no matter what you do. if he can’t eat, he will die, if he goes somewhere where he can be fed he will be fine. i also have never heard a horror story of a rescue being a breeding factory, though i dont doubt that it happens.
my recommendation is to make sure any rescue he goes to is not a personal one run out of someone’s home, and you can always search forums in your local area to see if anyone has a good reputation. that seems to be the best way anything works in the herp communities. it’s all reputation.
but research is your key here. it sounds like you care very much about your scaly friend and just want the best for him which is so much more than most reptiles in this situation get. ask around, and see if there is anywhere you feel comfortable giving him to. you can ask your local exotic vet, friends, search the internet, read forums, poke around your local herp society, as well as shows. there are plenty of people out there who love to help these animals, they’re just hard to find sometimes.
i hope that helps, and i wish you both the best.
and if anyone knows of any good gecko rescues or reptile rescues in their area, where ever it is, please drop it in the ask box! i’d love to start compiling a list.