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    Hello everyone! I hope you can help with my dilemma as I am a beginner (and I am only 16) and I am not sure what to do. I know some information and I researched as much as I could, but I could not find enough information to actually know what I should do. I knew that it was a gamble looking for one on Craigslist because often the animals are just a scam or they are sick, so I kept that in mind. About a week passed and I found an ad for three leopard geckos with an enclosure. I knew I wanted to help because of how desperate the situation seemed. The geckos (all female) are housed in a 20 gallon tank (not even a 20 long) with only one hide and one food bowl to share. I contacted the seller because I wanted to help. She said she sold one of the geckos already, but that was ok with me because I knew that leopard geckos do not really like to live together anyway. I have one enclosure from my previous gecko and all of his supplies left over, so I am going to split them up when they are in my care. I asked frequently for pictures of the geckos to ensure they are real and in good health, but I found out that the younger one, who is also an albino, dropped its tail. This was a red flag to me that the geckos do not like living together and should be separated, but they are not in my care yet, so I do not make that decision. She recently sent me a picture of the two geckos side by side, and the albino one looks VERY small compared to the bold stripe leopard gecko. I will try to attach the picture, but I am uncertain if I will be able to do so. I would like to add that I will be completely changing the enclosure once I get it. I plan to get some coconut husk for the substrate, I have succulents that I may put in there, I bought a big piece of cork round that will be a hide, and I also have left over stuff from my old tank that I will use. Please give me advice or ideas to help this gecko and the enclosure in any way possible.Screenshot_20200804-115308.jpgScreenshot_20200804-115308.jpg

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    The pictures are kind of small so it's hard to tell. Obviously, separate them. It's possible that the albino was being bullied and so wasn't eating. It also is going to look a lot smaller because it dropped its tail. Feed them regularly, make sure they are properly supplemented and if, after they get used to your feeding situation, they're producing diarrhea or stinky droppings, have them tested for parasites by a vet.

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    Thank you for the advice! I only have a calcium powder from Zoo Med, do I need a multi vitamin or is just the calcium ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily.Ladwig View Post
    Thank you for the advice! I only have a calcium powder from Zoo Med, do I need a multi vitamin or is just the calcium ok?
    You need reptical plain calcium carbonate (blue label), the reptical WITH D3 (green label), and reptiVITE vitamin WITHOUT D3 (orange label). Zoo Med brand.
    The multi vitamin needs retinal as it's source of vitamin A NOT beta carotene because they can't convert beta carotene into a useful substance.
    I would also recommend a wellness check up with a vet as soon as you get them, and try and get a fresh fecal sample from one of them to take with you. If they have been in the same cage they will likely have been sharing any parasites or disease as well.
    Use this feeding and supplement guide (#124)
    100% Leopard Gecko Care Sheet - Geckos Unlimited
    Nature is the best teacher, learn by observing
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    "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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    Hello everyone! I have an unfortunate update to tell you all. The person I was going to buy the geckos from no longer wanted to wait to sell me the geckos, so now I don't have to worry about stunted growth. However, I would still love to get a leopard gecko, but I don't know where to get one. Where can I find a local breeder or a reliable pet store to buy one?

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    Hi Emily ~

    Have you mom & pop pet stores nearby? Try googling leopard gecko breeders or herpetological groups in your area. Those are usually much better resources than a major chain for purchasing leopard geckos.

    Are you interested in ordering a leo if it needs to be shipped?
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Hi Emily ~

    Have you mom & pop pet stores nearby? Try googling leopard gecko breeders or herpetological groups in your area. Those are usually much better resources than a major chain for purchasing leopard geckos.

    Are you interested in ordering a leo if it needs to be shipped?
    Sadly there are not many in my area. I will check out a few pet stores in my area. I have a fish store in my area I have seen, but I have not gone in. I will ask if they know anyone? I am not completely sure they are even in any other business than fish keeping, but I think it could be worth a shot. I am interested in buying online; however, so far all I have seen is that they are very expensive and shipping is at least $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily.Ladwig View Post
    Sadly there are not many in my area. I will check out a few pet stores in my area. I have a fish store in my area I have seen, but I have not gone in. I will ask if they know anyone? I am not completely sure they are even in any other business than fish keeping, but I think it could be worth a shot. I am interested in buying online; however, so far all I have seen is that they are very expensive and shipping is at least $50.
    Asking whether your fish store knows anyone is a great idea!

    If you might be interested in a "pet only" leo (not for breeding purposes), they would be less expensive.
    "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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    Thank you for the tip. I will look into pet only geckos. So far they seem like a great option because I would rather have an adult leopard gecko anyway just because I wouldn't have to worry about it thriving in its enclosure and I would not have to get it used to handling as much as a baby. When I get the chance (I am very busy as I work and school is starting again) I will look into my LFS too. Another thing is that the pandemic really limits any sort of reptile expo that I really wanted to look into, but since that isn't an option, I think I will go with online or local resources. Would you recommend any certain online breeders? I cannot find many.

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