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    Hello All,

    Just got this adorable baby crested gecko, his name is Houdini (he escaped his previous enclosure). I moved him in to a new bioactive enclosure seven days ago. He is set up in my office so I only see him during the day but he was typically in a new spot every morning when I would come in. However today it appears he hasn't moved from his spot on the glass all evening, I also can't tell if he is eating or not.

    Another concern is his color, the picture where his belly is lighter is when I got to the office at about 10am the second picture was taken at 5pm. His belly looks the same this morning (darker) & again he appears to have not moved.

    I've owned several reptiles growing up (currently have two RES & a ball python at home) I've had each for several years. However this is my first crestie so I am unfamiliar with temperament & behavior patterns. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Temp - 71
    Humidity - 90% (not sure how to get this down by 10?)
    Diet - ZooMed tropical daily & crickets once a week
    Misting - twice a day 10am & 5pm
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    Crested geckos are pretty lazy. It may be that now that he's feeling comfortable in his new enclosure, he doesn't feel so compelled to keep checking everything out. As you may know, crested geckos are sometimes pale and pastel looking ("fired down") and sometimes much brighter looking ("fired up"). I would imagine that could account for the difference in his belly color. I only mist my crested geckos in the evening. If you feel the humidity is too high you could try that.

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    My crestie sleeps in the exact same place (on the glass behind a favorite leaf) every. single. day. And he does come out after dark, so I know he's active during the night. Chances are, yours is moving around too, you just don't see him do it. Also, sometimes their color seems to depend on the change in lighting and temperature during the day. I wouldn't worry about it. He sounds just fine.

    You might want to put some type of "siding" on the back or on 3 sides to help him feel more secure. You can get terrarium clings from your local pet store or Amazon (once they start delivering again). In the meantime, maybe some plain brown grocery bag paper or packing paper might work. I find when the sides are open-viewed, they seem to be a little more stressed.
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    Thank you for the tips Aliza!
    I have only been misting right before I leave work now, instead of twice a day. However I am going to be investing in a misting system pretty soon so I can get that set up on a timer. He does appear to have lost weight since I got him as well so I am pretty concerned he is not eating. I've kept crickets in his enclosure in case he wants to go on evening hunts. I attempted to hand (via chopstick) feed him his ZooMed tropical food today & he took one lick then ignored me. So I am assuming he doesn't care for the flavor? I am planning on ordering the Pangea papaya flavor.. If anyone has any suggestions on popular food they've had success with I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you again for your help! I really want Houdini to be happy & healthy in his new home <3

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    It can take up to a month before they start feeling comfortable in a new environment, and most likely will lose a little bit of weight during the adjustment period. Do you have a gram scale so you can weigh him regularly? Like maybe twice a month...a little fluctuation in weight is ok, but if he is regularly losing weight, you might want to take a fecal sample to an exotics vet to check for parasites. But I would give him some time to settle in for now. My crestie likes pretty much all flavors of Pangea (Watermelon is a favorite), and I usually order 3 flavors and alternate them. Many times I don't notice any lick marks, but he's pooping and not losing weight, so I know he's eating. Mine doesn't care for any bugs, and I gave up after a while and just let him eat the Pangea. He's doing fine on that.
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