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01-27-2013, 08:11 AM #1
Crested gecko won`t get out
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I need some advice about my crestie.
I got him 1 year ago, he does not really like to be handled, he usually runs away if I get my hands really near him, but when I do get him out he can sit on my hand or walk around me for hours. Nice little guy, loves to eat crickets and not that much into repashy.
Now...I need your opinion guys. Its probably nothing but I dont want to risk it.
On tuesday i went to the hospital, so my mom and dad had take care of my lizards. They told me that my crestie went into a tube on wednesday and never came out. Now im back home and he is still in, but he is eating when i give him some crickets. So that means he is in that tube now 5 days, we didnt see him come out once. Now the really funny part is, he never did hide like this before, he always slept outside of the hides i made for him, usually near some plants or something. The temp i between 17-21 celsius (62-70 F) from the begging of winter.
Should I be worryed?
And sorry if my typing is bad i didnt have time to check ^^
Last edited by johan32; 01-27-2013 at 01:50 PM.
01-27-2013, 09:20 AM #2
I'm not sure why he is hiding. The temps you mentioned are fine during the night, however you may want to provide a warm side of at least 78F during the day on one side of the enclosure. I have had cresties temporarily who enjoyed temps of 80-82, but the heat source must be on a thermostat to avoid overheating.Currently keeping:
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01-27-2013, 11:47 AM #3
Try warming up the enclosure by having a heat source on a thermostat. I find that some heat lamps get way too hot, way too fast, so during the day you can use just a regular household bulb. They tend to heat up enough to just give a little extra warmth, but still keep it on a thermostat. A UVB bulb can work too, as I've had them heat up the terrarium a little before (UVB not necessary, but some people use them).
Do not use a basking bulb, they are WAY too hot and concentrated.
I also find that smaller geckos like hotter environments. My babies had a heat bulb on their enclosure keeping the cool side at 75ºF and the warm side at 80-82ºF and they used to sleep almost directly underneath the heat source at the hottest place.
Either way, my geckos all are more active when warmer and moist.
Check on your crestie at around 4am or 2-3 hours before the enclosure gets light again. Mine tend to be most active around that time.
I don't think you have anything to worry about, but keep us posted.
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01-27-2013, 11:17 PM #4
possible he was being reclusive to go through a shed cycle?Morelia spilota harrisoni * Morelia spilota mcdowelli * Liasis fuscus * Liasis mackloti * Liasis mackloti savuensis * Liasis olivaceous olivaceous* Anteresia maculosa * Gekko gecko * Correlophus ciliatus * Blaesodactylus boivini * Lepidodactylus lugubris
01-28-2013, 06:36 AM #5
So, the temp is around 23C (73F) now.He is eating really good, fed him last night and the day before, around 10-15 crickets.
About the sheding Aimless, yup your right. That was the first thing that came to my mind. Found him in his tube this morning with a bit of skin on his head left but its all gone now. This is a bit confusing for me because this is the first time this happened, till now i never saw him with bits of skin after a shed or did he ever hide like this. The humidity is the same as always.
Well, tnx guys. Still have to see if he comes out soon, I' ll keep you informed. ^^
01-28-2013, 02:48 PM #6
Are you sure he never comes out? Do you check on him at 2, 3, 4am?
I have one female who always sleeps in the same spot. Always. She's provided with a range of temps, and prefers to sleep on the cooler end that's around 72F, squeezed in behind one of her log hides.
However, she is very active at night, constantly moving around and exploring. Just always returns to the same place by morning.~Cassi~
01-29-2013, 03:28 AM #7
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And I found him on the wall of the viv, so it was probably just a shed cycle.
But I hope he will start coming out sooner...I loved to watch him jump and hunt, now I can't see him at all. Let's hope it's just a phase.