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    I have a juvenile leapard gecko. It is about 3-4 inches nose to tail. Healthy tail, appetite, and no problems shedding. It has 2 hides a small heating pad and fresh water every 2 days. It eats crickets and meal worms every night, and the crickets are dusted with calcium. It poops in its hide because it is large. But last I checked it was healthy poo. The first two weeks in our home he was upright curious, moved around a lot and would investigate our hand when we put it on the other side of the tank. However 2-3 weeks ago it very suddenly started raising its tail at everything. It started creeping around and not seeming interested in anything but food. At times it was jumpy. Last week I decided to cover the backside, and half of both sides of the glass, thinking he was overwhelmed and stressed. It calmed down during a one night shed but returned to the same behavior the next day. I am very worried since during the beginning it was very active, curious, and human oriented.

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Gaia91!

    What you describe is normal leo behavior. Initially most leos are quite curious. Once they've checked out their environment, they often don't explore very much.

    You are on the right track.
    1. Cover each side and the backside totally with something as simple as brown paper from shopping bags.
    2. Please share a picture of your leo's enclosure.
    3. Which brand, name, and type of powdered supplements do you have for your leo?
    4. Are you meeting these ground temperatures as taken with the probe of a digital thermometer? Please read 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 dry hide ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide.
    • Warm humid/moist hide: Also place the humid hide 100% on top of the heat mat. Keep temperatures similar to the warm dry hide.
    • Cool dry hide 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).
    "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 <===

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