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    Hi. I'm hoping someone can help us figure out what's going on with our gecko.

    Here's the situation: a few months back We went on vacation for 10 days and had a neighbor come over each day to make sure fresh water was given and that our leopard gecko was feed every other day. Before we went on vacation he was pretty social. He'd climb on our hands and always came out at night to climb around and explore but since we got back he's not doing any of that. He doesn't come out of his hide (moist one), even at night and he now down right avoids us when we go to pick him up. What could be wrong with him? He eats decent (every other day about 10 meal worms or crickets dusted with vitamins w/D3 and calcium w/o d3) and weighted about 67 grams at last weigh in two weeks ago. I'm not sure his age but when we got him they said he might be about a year and we've had him for seven months now.


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    - tank size 20l
    - substrate is tile
    - he has three hides but he only ever stays in his moist hide. which is in the middle of his cage
    - day time ambient temperatures are 90 (hot side) & 78 (cool side) we keep it warm during the day with a light bulb
    - evening ambient temperatures are about 78 (both sides) that's just what our house temperature sits at and we do not have a light/bulb on at all.
    - the floor temperature on the hot side ranges from 88 - 91 and is regulated with an uth attached to a thermometer.
    - Humidity reads 40% on the hot side and 50% on the cool side. The only thing he has in there for added moisture is his water bowl so I think the humidity has more to do with our house and I'm not sure how to lower that.

    If there is any info I'm missing please let me know and I'd love to hear any thoughts. We absolutely love him (which might actually be a girl - if that makes a difference) but don't know what else to do for him and what might be wrong. Thanks so much.
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    Looks like a female, she may be deloping eggs shes pretty chunky in the tummy, sometimes they lay them even tho they didnt mate and they will be no good, lots of times they just reabsorb them. this may have something to do with the odd behavior.

    Or, and hopefuly not, the baby sitter dropped her or something.. either way she looks nice and healthy, you might consider getting some of that coco fiber stuff at the pet store and a rectangle tupperware container (big enough for say 4 sandwiches) and make her a lay box.
    Geopard Leckos Leopard Geckos, say that 10 times fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geopard Lecko View Post
    Looks like a female, she may be deloping eggs shes pretty chunky in the tummy, sometimes they lay them even tho they didnt mate and they will be no good, lots of times they just reabsorb them. this may have something to do with the odd behavior.

    Or, and hopefuly not, the baby sitter dropped her or something.. either way she looks nice and healthy, you might consider getting some of that coco fiber stuff at the pet store and a rectangle tupperware container (big enough for say 4 sandwiches) and make her a lay box.
    Thanks for your thoughts. I didn't even think or really know about an ovulating gecko. I only figured out a few weeks ago that he was probably a she. The breeder said he was male so we never questioned it. If that's what's going on do I just replace one of her hides with a lay box instead? If not I'm not sure I can fit one in the tank without taking something out. Would she not just use for moist hide as a lay box since it has Sphangum moss in it? And how long will the ovulation go on for if we don't have a male?

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    The lay box can double as a moist hide. And it should end soon from my understanding
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