View Full Version : So my golden changed colors tonight...

11-08-2008, 01:39 AM
he's usually really really light with some really pretty golden coloring on his back, but when i came back in tonight he was very very dark which i didnt know could happen, the temp on the cold side of the tank said 64 which i didnt think was too cold, but obviously it was...

11-08-2008, 01:48 AM
sometimes that's just due to crankiness. but temps for them should never drop below 72F.

11-08-2008, 02:47 PM
well i also gave him a new terrarium last night, its a exo terra 12x12x18 so that he would have more room for climbing but since then he really has only just stayed down in his hide and hasnt explored at all :(

11-08-2008, 02:50 PM
crank up the heat with a red heat lamp. temps should be atleast 85 in the hotspot

11-08-2008, 05:04 PM
btw is the 12x12x18 big enough for him? he's still rather small, and i heard with the red heat lamps that you can keep them on 24 hours a day or is that not right?

11-08-2008, 09:19 PM
You can keep them on 24 hour heat if you want. It wont hurt anything. How big is "rather small"? I give a actual heat cycle but its not NEEDED. . but it helps for breeding.

11-08-2008, 09:41 PM
rather small is about 5.5-6 inches long... yeah im going back out to buy him that red lamp now, cuz he's back on the ground and hes a very dark color. he's got his belly right over that heat pad so hes definitely showing his dark colors due to stress caused by coldness. double wammy. ouch.

11-08-2008, 09:43 PM
Yeah I'd say put some more heat on him and see what happens.

11-08-2008, 09:48 PM
is it the red lamp or the blue lamp that i want?

11-08-2008, 10:17 PM
red is dfinatly safe

11-08-2008, 10:19 PM
yeah without the light the avg temp is 70 and i just added a 50 watt red lamp bulb and ill keep you guys posted on how warm it gets but hopefully it will be enough to get him out of his hide on the bottom and to climb around on all the nifty vines and climbs that he has... i'll upload a pic and see if you guys approve of my terrarium

11-08-2008, 10:40 PM
here are some pictures of him and of the terrarium that i have him in, is this okay to you guys?





does all this look okay to you guys? opinions?

11-08-2008, 11:55 PM
Your terrarium for him looks great! Good job at cuing in on your gecko's behavior. There's not many people that do this.

Try hand feeding him if you ever want to handle him without undue stress....
They are a really cool species.


11-09-2008, 01:01 AM
thanks! yeah i'm kinda paranoid about him and his feelings/stress level and its kinda annoying the hell outta my girlfriend but she thinks he's the cutest thing ever (which he is) so that helps. the terrarium is 12x12x18 is that gonna be big enough for him?

11-09-2008, 01:38 AM
Yeah the 12x12x18 exo will be fine for him. Mine hides on the ground a lot during the day but runs around at night.

11-09-2008, 01:42 AM
yeah so since i installed the red bulb approx three hours ago the temp in the viv started at 80 but has since fallen slowly to around 76. the red bulb is perfect!! yeah he usually likes to run around at night too but tonight he seems content to poke his head out of his hide and then go right back in. maybe when i go to sleep he'll get out and explore the new vine covered branch i made for him

11-09-2008, 01:45 AM
i also have a question... is it possible that he just turns himself dark when he's on the ground as camouflage? because before i turned off the day lamp today he was high up on the glass and his normal beautiful white with gold but whens hes on the ground at night he turns rather dark. i know this is a sign of stress n cold but is it possible that that's just how he is on the ground?

11-09-2008, 12:34 PM
They have the ability to change their color a little bit. Most of the time they turn dark because they are either cold, stressed or scared.

11-09-2008, 01:54 PM
okay, because he's spend most of the last 24 hours in his hide, displaying very very dark colors... should i be worried or is this stress just due to changing habitats from the petstore (wednesday) and changing again to his better viv (friday) ?

11-09-2008, 03:02 PM
much better tank dude! you'll have a happy gecko in no time

11-09-2008, 04:09 PM
thanks! but i am still a little worried about him staying in his hide and being dark all day long. maybe he'll come to bask a litle later today or tomorow i have read some posts that they can take a long time to get used to their new digs

01-04-2009, 12:31 PM
They do change colour in different lights and temps.

Mine are sometimes golden yellow, sometimes grey and even green