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    I have a new leopard gecko that I think is just a month or two old, I am really not positive, but she is 4 inches long. (I have only had her for a week, and got her from Petco. I know it is not the best place, but the staff at the store I go to are knowledgeable and the animals are fairly well taken care of.). I had a previous leopard gecko that passed away at 15 after an illness, so I am familiar with them, but am having new concerns with my young one.

    I got her a week ago, for the first 4 days she was eating 4 small meal worms a night and pooping about twice a day. Since then she has not eaten a lot and her poop has become less frequent and a bit watery. Now, she is not super skinny, but being young does not have a lot of fat stored up. As this has only been going on for about 3 days, should I be really concerned yet, as it could be stress from being moved and a new home? Or does this sound like something I should take her to the vet for as soon as possible?

    Some pictures just because she is cute.


    In case the set up is a thought she is on reptile carpet, has a warm, cool, and moist hide, and the temperature of the tank is between 80-85 F. Also, I am coating the meal worms in vitamin powder before feeding them to her.
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    I would suggest reading the FAQ sticky at the top of the thread just for some random info that can be helpful in the future.

    Tank temps are too low. The lower the temp the lower their appetite since they're cold blooded and use heat to digest their food. Up the temps to 90-95F on one side and room temp on the other. A digital thermometer should be used or a heat gun, not the dials or strips. They're horrible inaccurate. Vitamins are good, but your new little one will need calcium as well. Multivitamin, calcium with D3, calcium without D3 are three supplements you'll need. If it's rep-cal brand (what I use, and highly recommend) it's phosphorus free, which is great since feeders tend to be high in phosphorus, the multivitamin and calcium w/d3 is mixed 50/50. Calcium without D3 should be placed in a milk cap or shallow dish in the tank 24/7. If you don't use Rep-Cal, read the directions of the multivitamin and calcium with D3. Each brand is different.

    I think there's no reason to worry yet. I always give geckos a few weeks to adjust before worrying. Try warming the temps and see if he/she goes back to eating frequently.
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    I will have to get a digital thermometer or a heat gun, right now I have just a heat strips and dials, and then likely a higher watt bulb until summer comes.

    The vitamin mix has calcium as well, but I am planning on stopping by the store shortly to get some calcium of both sorts. Thanks for your help, I will be reading over the other thread. And thanks for relieving some of my initial worry. After spending a month watching my other Leo get progressively worse despite everything I tried I am a bit overly concerned.

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    your leo looks healthy and happy to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneBlueGecko View Post
    I will have to get a digital thermometer or a heat gun, right now I have just a heat strips and dials, and then likely a higher watt bulb until summer comes.

    The vitamin mix has calcium as well, but I am planning on stopping by the store shortly to get some calcium of both sorts. Thanks for your help, I will be reading over the other thread. And thanks for relieving some of my initial worry. After spending a month watching my other Leo get progressively worse despite everything I tried I am a bit overly concerned.
    What size is her/his cage? Here is a link to my leopard care suggestions which I moved to the care sheet subforum: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...-nutshell.html
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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    The cage is 10 gallons, I have been thinking about getting a larger one when she is a bit older because it is hard to really get a lot of temperature variation in the small one, although at least a heat pad means the surface temperature has a good degree of variation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneBlueGecko View Post
    The cage is 10 gallons, I have been thinking about getting a larger one when she is a bit older because it is hard to really get a lot of temperature variation in the small one, although at least a heat pad means the surface temperature has a good degree of variation.

    A 20 gallon long tank (30 inches long) is highly recommended when you upgrade. Yes, you see firsthand the difficulty in providing much of a temperature variation within your 10 gallon tank.

    For additional temperature variation, you could turn lights/heat off at night if the ambient temperature is about 67 F. I do this and it seems to work with my mature female leo.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Yeah the temps are too low and a 10 gallon is to small like Elizabeath said upgread it to a 20 long. And a UTH should be use and a red bulb should also be use Allee is right on puting a milk cap in the cage with some calcium and no phosphorus in it rep-cal is great. And multivitamins should be given once a week on the crickets.
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    I have gotten a new light, it is not around 92 on the warm side of the tank and the other is in the 80s. I am going to turn off the light at night to give her some more variation. I also switched to a digital thermometer, which is nice because you really do get a much quicker reading. Is there an upper temperature limit for the leopard geckos? Not that I plan on the tank getting passed 95, but want to be careful. I am going to move to a 20 gallon eventually, but I want to let her get settled in her first.

    Also, the pet store I go to only had calcium with D3 that I picked up. I am planning on ordering some without online, but is this fine as a temporary measure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneBlueGecko View Post
    I have gotten a new light, it is not around 92 on the warm side of the tank and the other is in the 80s. I am going to turn off the light at night to give her some more variation. I also switched to a digital thermometer, which is nice because you really do get a much quicker reading. Is there an upper temperature limit for the leopard geckos? Not that I plan on the tank getting passed 95, but want to be careful. I am going to move to a 20 gallon eventually, but I want to let her get settled in her first.

    Also, the pet store I go to only had calcium with D3 that I picked up. I am planning on ordering some without online, but is this fine as a temporary measure?

    Keep the temperature no warmer than 95 F for leopard geckos. Between 90-95 F is best for the warm end of the tank. When you upgrade, you'll be able to get a greater temperature variation. That in itself is a safety measure since your gecko can move to a cooler place if the temperature gets too warm.

    How temporary is temporary? I like the Rep-Cal brand: phosphorous-free Calcium with D3, pure calcium, and Rep-Call's Herptivite multivitamin with Beta Carotene.

    Glad that you like your new digital! You can buy timers to plug your light into and dimmers (Lutron) to tweak the temperature even more.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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