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    So after researching for around a month and having an empty 2ft x 1ft x1ft vivarium set up for about a week (to make sure temps where stable) i finally got my leopard gecko yesterday. its an albino i dont know the gender yet but its over 6months old.

    Anyways warm side temp is controlled by a mat stat and is kept between 88f and 93f, cool side is mid to low 70s. i have 2 normal hides one on the warm and one on the cool, i also have a moist box on each side. I tried to feed the little fella a wax worm last night (first night TREAT) and it just licked the wax worm didnt eat it. (its goin to be on a staple of crickets with ocasional mealies and locusts.)

    So to the problem, he/she has stayed on the cool side for over 24hours has been in the moist hide and its little cave. But im worried it may be to cold, can it find its warm hide?? i check on it every few hours. i dont want to disturb it but should i move it to show where its warm hide is?? also the wamr cave is bigger than the cool cave.

    it also has a little dish of calcium that it just walked through and left lol.
    anyone give me any advice on how to help it settle in or should i just leave it well alone??

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    He may be hanging out on the cool side because the warm side is too warm. Are you using a heat gun to measure temps? I found a relatively large discrepancy between heat gun readings and the cheap thermostats in my enclosure.

    Have you taken a look at Elizabeth's care sheet?

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    ok first the leo needs time to settle in leave it to its own devises for a while and if it still is behaving weirdly then tell us also try feeding a cricket i find they seem to like crickets/locust more than mealworms and waxworms and take a good look at the caresheet it really helps you.

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    Hi thanks for replying so quickly, im using a digital thermometers with a probe to measure temps on both sides.ill defo take a look at care sheet i suppose you can never read enough.

    Ill try feeding him/her a cricket later tonight and post how it goes. Will it be ok in the cool hide till then?? im just worried hes too scared to come out and i dont want the little fellow to get too cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKev View Post
    Hi thanks for replying so quickly, im using a digital thermometers with a probe to measure temps on both sides.ill defo take a look at care sheet i suppose you can never read enough.

    Ill try feeding him/her a cricket later tonight and post how it goes. Will it be ok in the cool hide till then?? im just worried hes too scared to come out and i dont want the little fellow to get too cold.
    He/she will be fine. I would just leave it alone and let it do its thing... My Leo was a little off for a few days when I first got her as well.

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    A hearty welcome to Geckos Unlimited.

    Good variety: crickets for sure with locusts and some mealies. Consider skipping the waxworms entirely. They are way high in fat.

    What type of calcium are you providing in the tank? Other supplements, especially with vitamin D3?

    Consider adding a 10 inch overhead dome to provide your leo with a good range of air temperatures. Leos need that as well as belly heat.
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    Thanks! My air temps range from mid 70s to mid 80s will this be ok?? hes in my room where its warm. i have a little bottle cap of pure calcium in his viv and also use for dusting, but also have calcium +d3 to dust his food with aswell. ive been gutloading some mealies for him since last night used bits of banana and orange.

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    sorry to ask but where did you get your leo only I in the uk as well and looking for a leo?
    thanks kester

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKev View Post
    Thanks! My air temps range from mid 70s to mid 80s will this be ok?? hes in my room where its warm. i have a little bottle cap of pure calcium in his viv and also use for dusting, but also have calcium +d3 to dust his food with aswell. ive been gutloading some mealies for him since last night used bits of banana and orange.
    Hello,

    You want to provide a temp gradient of around 75f cool side- 85 warm side (air temp). The ground on the warm side should 88-93f. Please read over the caresheet in Elizabeth's signature. Make sure you look at the gutloading suggestions. Bananas and oranges are not good food items to use.
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    thanks everyone for all your advice! keeping looking over elizabeths care sheet. Anyways last night the lil fella moved into his warm hide and has even been out laying ontop of it, hes been exploring the tank and now has been in every hide although he spends most time in his warm cave. he hasnt eaten much though he only ate one cricket then went back to his hide.

    ill post some pics in next few days just want to let him settle in first.

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