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Right Leo folks...

I have a lovely little SSBell but unfortunately she's as blind as a blind thing with its eyes closed in a dark room....... :bash:

She's a few months old now and grown slightly slower than a 'normal' leo so far, but is getting on for 20g now. Anyway - so far I've had to dedicate 15 mins a day to hand feeding her by waving mini mealies in front of her nose (touching slightly) and she then snaps at them and feeds.

I've tried over several days (several times) to leave dished mealies in with her and had no joy whatsoever (been counting them...).
So - is there any other way round this or does 'Belinda' (see what I did there?) carry on being hand fed for the rest of her days ?

Any advice/experience shared would be good....
 

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we kept an adult blind blazing blizard who had developed amazing hearing. If she is on kitchen roll then i suggest holding a cricket infront og her so that its on the ground and allowing it to scratch about. This may train her to hear them and hopefully catch them, it still means hand feeding for a while to get used to it but it works and eventuall they can catch their own. But still monitor that shes getting enough. Because of the hearing our male liked the bigger items he could manage as they made more noise but we had to be quiet for him to find them.

not sure if that will help but hope so.
 

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Any more ideas guys ? :whistling2:
 

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Make sure you have the viv set up the same way everytime. She should eventually learn where the meal worm dish is and be able to feed for her self as we have 2 with sight problems. Just keep up with the hand feeding and filling up her meal worm bowl with fresh mealies she should be able to hear them wiggle in the bowl.
 

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Have you tried wiggling the mealie that you are feeding her just above the mealies in the bowl? - that way, she`ll make a snap for the mealie that you are hand feeding her, hopefully miss - or least lunge a little too far - and grab an extra couple of mealies at the same time, so gets used to standing on the maelie bowl ledge and satisfying herself. It`s all about association really, once she knows where her mealie bowl is, and that all she has to do is stick her head it and she`ll get what she wants, then she`ll hopefully come on leaps and bounds.
 

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It's blind....... Unless it just purposely walks into things, doesn't react to any movement or light and can't find any food items. I don't think I'd be hand feeding a perfectly fine gecko, seeing as all my others don't get such specialist treatment! :gasp:

I have tried the other tricks guys, putting the bowl directly in front while feeding etc, the only other thing I got her to do when she was younger was to go for the smell of chicken baby food, so I might try a touch of that in the mealie dish to see if it tempts her in.

Will keep perservering....: victory:
 

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With my blind bell albino(100% blind in her left eye, and 75-80% in her right, got these results through multiple tests) I only do hand feeding, as I have tryed with her having the bowl of mealies, but she didn't take to it, even though she has had everything in the exact same place for 1 year. She also feeds better if she is hand fed as she can see the shadow better if it is right infront of her right eye. She has learned otherwise to cope with the problem, through knowing where to go by sniffing(licking) the ground, she used to run into all sorts of things aswell before she learnt.
 
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