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    I realise this may not be anything to worry about, but I am a worrier and I always think better safe than sorry. For reference, I've managed to convince myself she had crypts, MBD AND been impacted, and I've only had her a month. None of these have been true.

    My leopard gecko is the picture of health, which I am very happy about, but she has started displaying some odd behaviour. I don't actually know the gender yet as she's only 5-6 months old, but out of habit I'm calling it a she. She spends the day asleep in her hot hide, set to 31.5-32C, but the moment the lights go out she's up and raring to go, which is great, but the past 2-3 days all she wants to do is come out and climb. And if she's not climbing me she's going all over her tank, in and out of hides, up the background, etc. Today she also refused food, which is unusual as she seems to eat a lot otherwise.

    I'm not worried about impaction as she went today and she has the delightful habit of defecating on me, and she usually has a very healthy appetite. She's also clearly very active and there's no other symptoms. I don't think she's ovulating, as I can't see or feel any bumps, but I could be wrong as she is my first reptile.

    I'm not giving her any synthetic D3 as she has a UVA+UVB lamp, the Arcadia Shadedweller, but I don't know if she uses it as I've never seen her using it. I'm petrified she's going to develop MBD but I'm guessing if it's there she will be using it? Her hot hide entrance doesn't get the light directly on it, but she is very active in the eve and seems to be out when the light goes out, but she's also pretty quick so I might just be missing her coming out.

    Any ideas? She's in a decent sized enclosure, has plenty of places to go, has a moist hide and has shed a week ago or so. I'm just a bit stumped. She's 7 and a half inches and weighs around 40g, which is one of the reasons I think she might be a he.

    Sorry for the info overload, just trying to cover everything and anything that could be causing it. Also apologies if there's a delay in response, I'm a 9-5er.

    Cheers!

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    It all sounds like normal behavior. Some geckos are very active at night and some are very lazy. If she's in her hide all day and not clearly getting any direct benefit from the light, it certainly doesn't hurt to dust every other feeding (or even every third feeding) with calcium and D3 just in case.

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    Hi Aliza, thanks for the response (sorry for how late this one is!) I took your advice on board, but the only product I could get locally is Nutrobal, which I have used for 2 feedings just to get her up to the correct levels. Hopefully this will be enough with the Arcadia EarthPro-A and EarthPro-CA products I already use.

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    I'm not giving her any synthetic D3 as she has a UVA+UVB lamp, the Arcadia Shadedweller, but I don't know if she uses it as I've never seen her using it. I'm petrified she's going to develop MBD but I'm guessing if it's there she will be using it? Her hot hide entrance doesn't get the light directly on it, but she is very active in the eve and seems to be out when the light goes out, but she's also pretty quick so I might just be missing her coming out.
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    Hi Aliza, thanks for the response (sorry for how late this one is!) I took your advice on board, but the only product I could get locally is Nutrobal, which I have used for 2 feedings just to get her up to the correct levels. Hopefully this will be enough with the Arcadia EarthPro-A and EarthPro-CA products I already use.
    Until you actually see your leo use ShadeDweller, even if it's only sticking out a leg or a tail when the UVB is on, continue supplementing with Nutrobal 1x per week and with some plain calcium like VetArk's Calci Dust (or the equivalent Arcadia product) 2x per week.

    • Is your ShadeDweller set up over the warm end?
    • What are the dimensions of your leo's enclosure?
    • What length ShadeDweller did you buy?

    Neither Arcadia products you mention contain ANY D3.

    When a leo is reliably using UVB, he'll need a multivitamin without D3, not Nutrobal all-in-one multivitamins because it contains D3. Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins without D3 is a good choice. Even when regularly using UVB, Fran Baines DVM (& lighting guru) recommends a backup dose of D3 calcium @ 1 feeding per month.

    Sexing Leopard Geckos -- Leopard geckos become sexable at about 6 months old. Males can be distinguished from females by a distinct /\-shaped row of pores above the vent and by two hemipenal bulges below the vent. To see their vents, potential male pores, and hemipenal bulges gently press their bodies up against the glass. They'll squirm if you try to turn them over.
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