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    Hey guys first post to the forum hopefully I can get some advice I bought a young gecko around 3 weeks ago but I'm finding it hard to get him to eat, I've tried crickets of multiple sizes and wax worms, he's also only pooped once. He's shed a week ago and eaten his skin but I'm not sure he's eaten much more. He's weight has kept at 14grams since I've had him. Anyone have any advice?

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    What kind of heat are you using? What's the temperature on the floor of the hot side? Where did you get the gecko from? When in the day/night are you feeding him? I will have more suggestions if I know the answers to these questions.

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    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited, FoxyUk!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    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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    Hi thank you both acpart and Elizabeth for your replies, the temp is around 30 to 32 at the hot end. I managed to force feed him 3 mealworms today for the first time, since then he's been constantly at his water bowl for hours not moving from there. This is the first time since I've owned him I've saw him out of he's hides. I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not. I was also told to higher the temps from the store I bought him from. The store has a good reputation tho they told me to move the sensor to the cold side which I thought strange. He's deffo acting different since the feeding and temp adjustment. I'd really appreciate any advice

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    This is Leo and this is how he spent the night at his bowl




    Could anyone tell me what morph he is, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxyUk View Post
    Hi thank you both acpart and Elizabeth for your replies, the temp is around 30 to 32 at the hot end. I managed to force feed him 3 mealworms today for the first time, since then he's been constantly at his water bowl for hours not moving from there. This is the first time since I've owned him I've saw him out of he's hides. I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not. I was also told to higher the temps from the store I bought him from. The store has a good reputation tho they told me to move the sensor to the cold side which I thought strange. He's deffo acting different since the feeding and temp adjustment. I'd really appreciate any advice
    You are welcome! I don't know what morph Leo is.

    Make sure your leopard gecko 'Leo' has fresh water available at ALL times. It sounds like he's super dehydrated! I'm happy Leo is drinking on his own. It's really important for Leo to be well-hydrated as he begins to eat again.

    1. Are you getting 30-32*C ground temp underneath his warm hide with the probe of a digital thermometer?
    2. Do you use a heat mat or overhead heat? It's really easy to overheat an enclosure!
    3. Have you a thermostat?
    4. What are the dimensions of his enclosure? Centimeters are fine.
    5. Substrate: Instead of newspaper (because of dyes in the print), please use white paper towels or roughly textured ceramic tile. Some leo keepers use shelf liner (without adhesive) for the substrate.
    6. How many hides does Leo have?


    Please read this chart carefully.
    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C).

    Place the thermostat's probe and a digital thermometer's probe together right on top of the substrate underneath the warm dry hide. If you use a UTH + a CHE you'll need 2 separate thermostats, because ground and air temperatures are substantially different.
    • Warm end ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide and his moist hide too!
    • Cool end ground temperature: 70ish-75 F (21.1-23.9 C) Usually the cool end ground temperature matches the room temperature where the enclosure sits.
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7. If you wish, during the night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-31-2020 at 06:50 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Follow you home"

    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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    I would call Leo a "high yellow" meaning that he has less spotting than the original wild type leopard gecko so his yellow color shows through more.

    Aliza

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    Thank you all for your replies, I'm happy to tell you all leo has eaten every night for 4 nights apart from last night. I've saw him eat at least 4 crickets and 3 wax worms but he's most likely eaten a few more crickets. I believe error by myself made him poorly as I was turning he's light off for 12 hours each night believing he would be warm enough. I now leave it on a really low setting keeping he's warm side around 19c. Soon I'll be buying a heat mat or a heat emitter as I want to give him full darkness at night instead of the current heat source. Eliza do you think he may be hypo? He looks almost identical to a lot of the hypo pis online and the petstore has hypo listed. Think I'll email and ask them lol

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    If he has 10 spots on the body or fewer he's hypo. If there are more than 10 spots, but a lot of yellow is showing you can call the gecko "high yellow"

    Aliza

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    Thank you all for your advice. I'm happy to tell you Leo is now eating, the problem was he had no heat at night, now I leave the light on but turn it real low, ive also put decent substrate in now he's eatjng, thank you all for your help! Here's his new environment.
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