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    So griff has refused to eat ANYTHING for about 3 days now, i have tried put him in a box with crickets and mealworms, i have tried showing him the crickets i tried letting one go in his tank (bad idea) he just ignores everything, and it is getting wasteful to even attempt to feed him i have wasted 8 crickets in 2 days and more than enough mealworms, please help i am very frustrated
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    Quote Originally Posted by GriffTheGecko View Post
    So griff has refused to eat ANYTHING for about 3 days now, i have tried put him in a box with crickets and mealworms, i have tried showing him the crickets i tried letting one go in his tank (bad idea) he just ignores everything, and it is getting wasteful to even attempt to feed him i have wasted 8 crickets in 2 days and more than enough mealworms, please help i am very frustrated
    Please take some time to complete our Wellness/Health Questionnaire. Knowing more of the BIG picture, perhaps we can be of assistance?

    Have you tried placing some mealworms in a clear glass bowl for him? You may also try amputating the back legs of the crickets at the "knees". That will slow down the crickets .

    Pictures of leo Griff and his habitat will be much appreciated .

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    How do the temperatures in his cage compare with these:

    Temperatures for all leos regardless of size:
    88-93 F (31-34 C) ground temp at warm end inside the warm dry hide
    no greater than 85 F (29.5 C) air temp - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    no greater than 75 F (24.5 C) air temp - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Leave the UTH on 24/7. Can turn off overhead heating at night.
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    i have tried putting both the crickets and the mealworms in clear containers, he pays no mind to them, griff climbs in and then get right back out

    the ground temp. on the warm end is 80 degrees right now its usually warmer but i spilled water
    the ground temp. on the cool side stays right at 75-77 degrees and i keep it misted
    i dont have a UTH yet but i am working on getting one
    i cant check the air temp yet because my thermometer is junky

    here are some pictures of griff, and his set up his lamp is right over his rock is right at 98 degrees i usually turn it off around 95

    griffennn.jpggriffy butt.jpgsetup 4 griff.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by GriffTheGecko View Post
    i have tried putting both the crickets and the mealworms in clear containers, he pays no mind to them, griff climbs in and then get right back out

    the ground temp. on the warm end is 80 degrees right now its usually warmer but i spilled water
    the ground temp. on the cool side stays right at 75-77 degrees and i keep it misted
    i dont have a UTH yet but i am working on getting one
    i cant check the air temp yet because my thermometer is junky

    here are some pictures of griff, and his set up his lamp is right over his rock is right at 98 degrees i usually turn it off around 95

    griffennn.jpggriffy butt.jpgsetup 4 griff.jpg
    Thank you very much for sharing the pictures . Does Griff have 3 secure hides: warm dry, warm moist, cool dry?

    It will help if you keep your questions on this thread. Most everybody wins then.

    98 F is toooooo warm. Even 95 F might be too warm for some leos. Please consider getting a thermostat (Hydrofarm MTPRTC). How can you be around 24/7 always monitoring the temperature? The thermostat will keep Griff much more comfortable than having to endure temperature spikes.

    It is crucial for you to match the temperatures in post #2. Otherwise Griff will be unable to digest his food.

    Misting is stressful for leos. Just best to dampen/wet his humid hide substrate only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Thank you very much for sharing the pictures .

    It will help if you keep your questions on this thread. Most everybody wins then.

    98 F is toooooo warm. Even 95 F might be too warm for some leos. Please consider getting a thermostat (Hydrofarm MTPRTC). How can you be around 24/7 always monitoring the temperature? The thermostat will keep Griff much more comfortable than having to endure temperature spikes.

    It is crucial for you to match the temperatures in post #2. Otherwise Griff will be unable to digest his food.

    Misting is stressful for leos. Just best to dampen/wet his humid hide substrate only.
    i dont mist him, i mist the sides of his tank on the cool side, i will try to match the temps as best i can
    you just posted the ideal temps. god forbid one temperature is 3 degrees higher than what you specified, heres some advice, give someone the benefit of the doubt, but dont say 95 is too hot when you just said 93 degrees was a good temp. its 2 degrees, i cant control it to a perfect 88-93 24/7 so get over yourself and stop giving the same cookie cutter advice to everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by GriffTheGecko View Post
    i dont mist him, i mist the sides of his tank on the cool side, i will try to match the temps as best i can
    What is your humidity like when you don't mist the enclosure? Between 20% and 40% is what you want to aim for. It isn't very "ideal" to mist Leopard Geckos as they don't require higher humidity. Providing a moist hide on the warm side and a water bowl should do the trick

    Meeting the temperatures Elizabeth has mentioned are very important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoManiac91 View Post
    What is your humidity like when you don't mist the enclosure? Between 20% and 40% is what you want to aim for. It isn't very "ideal" to mist Leopard Geckos as they don't require higher humidity. Providing a moist hide on the warm side and a water bowl should do the trick

    Meeting the temperatures Elizabeth has mentioned are very important.
    I just made him a moist hide on the cool side (should i move it to the warm side then?)
    i moved a few things around so the lamp can heat more than just his rock

    but the rascal knocked over his cup of mealworms, now i have to play find the mealworm escapees :P

    ground temp. on warm side is 90 degrees
    ground temp. on cool side is 77 degrees
    i dont know the humidity level % i have nothing to measure that with
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    Quote Originally Posted by GriffTheGecko View Post
    I just made him a moist hide on the cool side (should i move it to the warm side then?)
    i moved a few things around so the lamp can heat more than just his rock

    but the rascal knocked over his cup of mealworms, now i have to play find the mealworm escapees :P

    ground temp. on warm side is 90 degrees
    ground temp. on cool side is 77 degrees
    i dont know the humidity level % i have nothing to measure that with
    Yes, moist hide should be on the warm side.

    You are using a temp gun to get these temperatures correct? The air temperatures are also important although cant be measured with a temp gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoManiac91 View Post
    Yes, moist hide should be on the warm side.

    You are using a temp gun to get these temperatures correct? The air temperatures are also important although cant be measured with a temp gun.
    temperuture.jpg good or bad? (thermometer reading)

    setup.jpg this is his current setup, i moved the moist hide over its the plastic cup
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    Just saying that all husbandry is related, really. You posted saying that Griff is refusing to eat. There can be many reasons why...temperatures being one reason.

    Right at the beginning of this thread I requested that you complete GU's Health Questionnaire on leo Griff. I felt that was a responsible thing to do. I wanted as much information as you were willing to share prior to customizing recommendations for Griff.

    Nice that you moved his humid hide to the warm end of the tank .
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