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    I have acquired a crested gecko 6 days ago from a friend and when I got him/her it seemed healthy. Color was beautiful, roamed around all night and ate crickets. 2 days ago, I notice a change in color, from a nice orangy brown to now a blah gray/white and its very lethargic. I have not hand held this little fellow because I had read not to handle it for a couple of weeks while it adapts to its new home. I have the same cage setup that the original owner used so all we did was changed locations of whole setup. I have the humidity level staying between 65 and 80% with temps at 75-80.....I have a red light to sit on top of the cage but havent used it due to the temp in my home staying steady at 75-80 all the time. Please tell me what I can do to make this fellow happy again. DEPRESSED!!!

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    Such things happen when geckos are taken to a new home, even if it is in its original enclosure. Probably the effect of stress...I would not worry too much for now and leave him/her time to settle in his/her new home. Just in case, are there any other reptiles in the room where the enclosure is? Any other pets, possible sources of noise/vibrations/intense lighting?
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    is it possible he's fired down because he's relaxing?

    is it possible he's going into shed, and trying to hide?
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    Thank you! No there are no other pets etc.....we have children but they dont really bother this little one at all. No intense light just from where sunlight comes in during the day through the windows but even that is not directly on it. So patience with this little guy huh? Will give it a couple more days and hope for the best because it really is a cutie!!

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    As Aimless said, your gecko might prepare a shed, otherwise I would do as you said- leave him/her a few more days and see how things evolve. If your gecko still eats then that's a good sign, whereas if he/she completely stops eating for several days (say a week) in a row, other causes will have to be searched for. No loose, smelly, weird-colored poos? No fast, clearly visible weight loss?
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    No weird smelly poops nor any fast weight loss. It moves at night because when I get up its always in a different location. I cant wait to quit calling it an it, lol, but scared to handle him/her right now.

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    My next thought was the shedding process, but normally how long do they take to prepare for that?

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    It depends on the gecko, but it's not unusual for them to fade and act differently for several days to a week before shedding. They may also spend more time near the ground because they have difficulty sticking to the glass during this time as well.

    As mentioned, as long as he/she is eating and acting normally otherwise, I wouldn't worry yet. Ensure your humidity is where it needs to be to ensure an easy shed, and just leave your gecko be for a few days.
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    I agree with Cassi, no need to worry for now
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    Sounds like a normal happy, healthy gecko in my opinion.

    The way you describe it, it is fired down, the color is more dull then it is vibrant at night (or when fires up).
    It may seem lethargic during the day because in reality, it is sleepy and trying to get rest from it's crazy leaf party im sure it had the night prior.

    My new gecko didn't eat for 2 weeks as it was adjusting to its new home. I wouldn't worry as long as he is not dropping any weight. Veterinarians will allow you to use their gram scale if ever necessary, though I'd first recommend letting him get use to his new home before moving him around again.

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