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    Question 3 mo. old gecko dull colors after 2 weeks- stress or shed?


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    hello,

    attached is a picture of my gecko, pokey. i posted a thread a week or so back with her setup [here]

    the photo is making her look brighter than she actually appears in person, which is frustrating. but imagine the colors about one tint duller and grayer. she has always had "blue" spots, but they seem bluer than usual. when i first got her on august 10th, she was very bright. it took her a couple weeks to finally start eating, but has been eating every day for the past 7 days. her stools are healthy; white urate, dark and solid, lighter if fresh (she did pass a few whole butterworms but she did that with phoenix worms as well)

    unfortunately, i know she is extremely stressed out.

    for one, i had to evacuate recently and so she had to travel round trip and spent the night and day at a friends house in room temperature. she did have a hide and was in a kritter keeper, but i forgot my portable heater, so she had to have been no warmer than 70-75 degrees.

    but before that, i have been rearranging her tank and cleaning it quite often- every morning i have to lift the carpet up for any stray feeders, which means moving the hides and her scrambling off to a corner (i try to always still at least leave one hide in as i search/clean.)

    i am still learning how to get the best temperature gradient in my 10 gallon tank, so that has caused a lot of rearranging as well. so, i would say at least 3 times a day i have to get into the tank to do maintenance. sometimes when i do maintenance i feed her some mealworms, and she happily takes them, but then goes back to being really freaked out (breathing super hard, poor little body is panting like she ran a mile).

    so i am worried this is overstressing her and im not sure what to do. i cant leave the worms in there, and i have to keep the temperatures right...

    i do not know how long the shedding process takes. is it that she is possibly dull from stress, or just in the middle of a long shed?

    thank you

    currently:
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    her photo from geckoboa (before i bought her):

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    Since you got her nearly a month ago, if she hasn't shed yet she could be now, considering they do it fairly often. If she's getting a grey tint I'd say it's more of a chance she's shedding rather than darkening from stress or being cold etc. I may be wrong, but I would advise to keep contact to a minimum for a while. Of course keep an eye on temps and don't allow food to stay in just as you have been, but allow her some time to settle after shipping and moving having to evacuate.

    Here's a picture of one of my tangerines the night before he shed a couple days ago. Normally when he's a bit cold or upset he gets dark, pretty much brown. When it's shed he starts turning white.
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    Some of the difference you're seeing is that the nice lavender color she had at geckoboa is now turning yellow. The lavender shows up when the original black spots start fading and in some geckos, as the yellow color spreads they lose the lavender. She could be getting dull from stress, especially the evacuation. The disturbances to her environment shouldn't be such a big deal as she gets used to them and they become part of her routine. You will likely have a hard time with the heat gradient in a 10 gallon because it's a bit small for that. Keep an eye out for a cheap 20 gallon long and upgrade to that when you can.

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    @arlo17 ah, thank you, that eases my mind. ive only read "they get duller" with no other description so closer to brown helps out. your pic looks closer to what she is looking like right now but my camera is poor and couldnt quite catch it... she's been this gray for about 3 weeks now, not sure how long it takes them for the actual shedding part

    @acpart oh interesting! i know they change colors as they get older, i was really surprised when she had the same blue color in person (i thought it was just my monitor). i have been keeping an eye out for a 20 gallon because i agree, its been such a struggle getting the right temperatures in such a small space. she's small now, but i definitely want to get a 20 when im able to afford it. and thats good to know that it will register as routine for them, i dont want her thinking shes in danger ever day with me looming down and taking away her hides ha

    i tried feeding her worms tonight, but she didnt take to them, so i think the evacuation has reset her back to her post-shipping stress hunger strike. ill offer her a worm now and then but i dont want to push it as long as shes a healthy weight...
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    having a nocturnal pet works for me because im such a nightowl, i was able to feed her a few mealworms and she happily accepted them. i was using my hands to place them down this time too and she wasn't scared. what a tough little gal! i hope she moves on to shed soon, she probably is waiting to get fatter

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    Like Aliza I was also going to mention that a 20 gallon tank will make a proper gradient easier to achieve. I know some places have All Living Things 20 gallons for $75.
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    Also, Nacho, the gecko in the picture I added, also had some lavender (though quite dark). It went away very quickly. I've had him for nearly three months now, and I think it was within the first month the color had almost totally faded away.
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    Look out for dollar per gallon sale at Petco, a $20 twenty gallon long is a great price, garage/yard sales often have cheap tanks too. The downside is that they need to be cleaned very well as they are often dirty.

    It sounds like you are doing the best you can for her.
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