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    I got Medley the Pacman Frog on the 19th of May this year. I left her alone for a week. I've been trying to feed her Crickets every day and she still hasn't eaten for me. I finally went ahead and put her on paper towels today.

    She's CB. I got her from Repticon on May 19th, 2018. About the size of a Quarter. I keep her humidity in the mid 70% area. She has moss in there, paper towel and a water dish. The temps stay around 75 to 83F. The lower temp at night.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Baby Medley Not Eating.

    The moss may be an impaction risk, I would say it might be best to remove it for now. Has she pooped at all since you got her?

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    Not that I'm aware of.

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    It may be helpful to give a honey soak to make sure everything is moving through smoothly. When my frog was off food, I noticed that he still had the occasional small bowel movement, likely from eating shed skin. Keeping her on paper towels is good as it'll be easier to monitor.

    Otherwise, I would start by reducing the visibility out the sides of the enclosure as much as possible. I've often heard the suggestion to cover 3 out of 4 sides with dark paper or fabric, but I've found the more the better. Covering the sides will help the frog feel more secure, especially in a mostly bare enclosure.

    How long do you leave the crickets in for?

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    About 2 to 3 hours.

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    Hey KattChaos! Aaron has some great ideas for getting Medley more comfortable. Often times, when my frog doesn't feel like eating, it's because she's brewing a large stool. If it doesn't stress your frog out too much, you can try to feel her right side to see if you can feel a lump. Sometimes you can visually see it, too. If there is one, then it might be a good idea to give a warm bath with treated water (not too hot of course) for 15-20 minutes. It will encourage a bowel movement.

    Otherwise, it may take some more time for Medley to acclimate to her new environment. Try Aaron's suggestion for covering the sides, take out the moss, and continue providing crickets to see if she eats any. Try leaving them in overnight (when Pacman's are most active) and be sure to count them so you can keep track. Also, if you remember who you bought her from, it wouldn't hurt to contact them about her eating habits before you purchased her. It might help to try and mimic her prior eating setup before she was sold.

    If she's still not eating well after some time and you're unable to contact the dealer, it may be a good idea to experiment with feeding her. Maybe try feeding her with some bamboo tongs, or remove her from the tank to a new container to feed her. My friend had a similar experience with her baby Pacman not wanting to eat and his hunger strike went on for a long time before we tried putting him in a bucket, teasing him with a piece of worm on tongs...and bam! Ate it up. So don't be too discouraged.

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    So, I've done everything suggested. I've gave her a honey soak & covered her entire tub on all sides. She did not poop but I've heard she might poop afterwards. Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: Baby Medley Not Eating.

    Oh and she does look smaller after the soak but that could just be in my head!

    Also, hey tub is the size that can hold One Pair of Shoes. Is that too big?

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    From personal experience, I'd say she simply peed out all the fluid she was holding in. My Pacman loves to get full with a lot of water and will then pee it out when I give her a bath or she soaks in her water dish.

    I think the size is okay. Mine lived in a 12x12x7.5in enclosure when she started off. Do you have something she can hide under or in, like a half log or a fake plant? That would help make her feel much safer. Also wondering if you should put substrate back into her tank so she can bury herself, I'm wondering if the paper towels might stress her since she can't burrow.

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    Yeah I half a couple different things I can't put in there for her to hide under. I'm worried about having substrate in there causing impaction if she does start it eat. I'll go right now and give her some things to hide under.

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    Here it is. Just to prove I'm not blowing smoke. I really am doing everything y'all are suggesting

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    I wouldn't be too worried about impaction, especially if it's coconut fiber substrate. Pacman frogs will inevitably eat some dirt, but as long as they are eating other things and their environment temps/humidity is correct, they will be okay. Only thing to remember with paper towels is they need to be changed frequently so they don't become a breeding ground for bacteria. Give it a try and see if simply having a place to hide helps ease her stress. If she doesn't improve, however, I would recommend giving her dirt so she can burrow and hopefully feel safe that way.

    From here, I would give her more peace and quiet and try to put crickets in there overnight. In the wild, night is when they usually feed, so the privacy and timing might be enough to get her to eat.

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    Okay. Thank you. I'll keep y'all posted.

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