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    Hi everyone I'm new to this website!
    I'm having a problem with my one year old gecko. In the past week, whenever I give him crickets, he just stares into space and ignores them. Every now and then he will lightly nip at one, but then gives up and turns away. For some reason, he will only eat dead crickets that I put in his tank. It's been a week and he has eaten only 1-2 dead crickets a day. He's also been very active at night, and tries climbing the walls and his hideouts. I'm getting worried... Any advice is appreciated!!

    He has reptile carpet and the warm side of the tank is 90 degrees (plus a heating mat)
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    Since he is about a year, I would start feeding him every other day and see if he'll start accepting meals more regularly. Have you tried offering other feeders?

    Would you mind posting a picture of his enclosure?

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    This has been his setup since for almost a year

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    That enclosure looks a bit small. It's hard to establish a heat gradient in anything smaller than a 20 gallon long. It could be that the enclosure is too warm and he's trying to escape the heat. And if you're using more than one source of heat it's probably making the enclosure too warm. Consider upgrading to at least a 20 gallon long enclosure. Or even better a 3 ft long enclosure, if you can. You need enough space to be able to put a secure hide in the warm end, the cold end, and also a moist hide on the warm end. A larger space also allows you to provide a more stimulating environment. They can get bored too! They love climbing, so consider providing items that he can safely climb.

    Are you using a light and a heat pad? Is the heat pad connected to a thermostat? Sorry for all the questions
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    Yeah I started saving up for a bigger tank since he's been getting bigger. I noticed that the temperature in his tank has gone down from 95 to 86in the past few weeks since its been getting colder outside. Could that have anything to do with it? I use a white light during the day and a red light at night and he does have a heating pad under his hideout but it's not connected to a thermostat.

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    Low temperatures ceirtainly affect their apetite, the decrease on his temps could ceirtainly be affecting him.

    There are a couple changes that need to be made, starting with the lenght of the tank, and also, he needs more hides to keep himself busy, that might be why he is climbing, remember he just got to his sexual maturity, so, now he will be looking for girls, also another reason to be climbing around.
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    Will do! I will definitely get him a bigger tank asap. He ate a few live crickets today but he's still seems unmotivated to hunt.
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    I took him to the vet and it turns out he has parasites! He got some medicine so hopefully we will be all good in a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcarzz View Post
    Yeah I started saving up for a bigger tank since he's been getting bigger. I noticed that the temperature in his tank has gone down from 95 to 86in the past few weeks since its been getting colder outside. Could that have anything to do with it? I use a white light during the day and a red light at night and he does have a heating pad under his hideout but it's not connected to a thermostat.
    Are those ground or air temps?

    Most any light bulb except a CHE (ceramic heat emitter) is stressful for leos. Exceptions are a well-shaded UVB tube in a longer tank and a dim, well-shaded, photoperiod bulb.

    Big box pet stores frequently have $1-per-gallon sales. Invest in a 20 long (30 x 12 x 12) at least. That might be a forever home.

    Then you'll really want an 11 x 17 inch UTH. Flukers and Ultratherm make that size. Attach it underneath the tank on one end with aluminum tape rolls like this.

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    (that's a 40 gallon breeder)

    I like and use Hydrofarm's Jump Start MTPRTC thermostat. It's the only inexpensive thermostat I know of with a digital readout and a small metal probe. Tape the thermostat's probe to a digital thermometer's probe (to verify the thermostat). Leave both probes in the warm dry hide 24/7.

    Quote Originally Posted by xcarzz View Post
    I took him to the vet and it turns out he has parasites! He got some medicine so hopefully we will be all good in a week.
    Good for you and your leo! It's best to make vet visits asap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcarzz
    Today I upgraded my leopard gecko's 10 gallon tank to a 20 tank (30 inches x 16 inches). Do I need to buy a bigger heating lamp? I am still using the old one and his tank is only 80 degrees right now. I'll attach a picture of what it looks like. Thanks!
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    Please continue right here. Many of these issues have to do with husbandry.

    A 10 inch diameter dome lamp will direct more heat downwards into your enclosure.

    Is 80*F ground temp or air temp?

    How tall is your new viv? If it's actually 16 inches wide, I'd use heat cables for better coverage. Attach the heat cables with aluminum tape. You may also like to add overhead heat via a ceramic heat emitter to warm the air a little.

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    How about adding a warm moist hide on the warm end?

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    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 10-10-2016 at 06:39 AM.
    "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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