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    On the subject of hides I'll keep it simple and tell you what I do for the three main ones. (She has many different sizes and styles available to her but that's only possible in large terrariums and isn't necessary to keep your Leo happy and secure)

    For my warm dry hide I use Exo Terra : New Reptile Cave / Natural Hiding Place (Medium *Highly recommend this one*)
    For my warm humid hide I use Exo Terra : Gecko Cave / Terrestrial Gecko Hide (The Medium is the one she chooses from Medium and Large options - Im guessing that's what you have also?)
    For my cool dry hide I use another Exo Terra : New Reptile Cave / Natural Hiding Place (Medium is ideal but for my 7 month old even the small fits her and see's some use, if only for the sake of exploring)

    Because there is space for a lot of hides in her terrarium I was able to test a lot of combinations of style/size/position and see which ones she liked most.
    What I noticed is that they seem to like caves to be snug and have only one small opening. I think if they could tell us what they wanted they would say something along the lines of "something that fits me snugly but comfortably and hides me completely"

    On the subject of humid hides, I thought a lot about what to use in there as bedding and had settled on moss too as I felt that it held the water well enough so that I wouldn't have to disturb her too often. (I was doing all of this before I picked her up from the breeder and was worried about stressing her too much)

    I then heard from some people that they found long strings of this moss in their geckos stool and even of some geckos choking on it (presumably ingested while shedding?) so what I did was create a bed of very damp moss and then put a layer of damp coco-fiber over this and packed it down which I hoped would be the best of both worlds.

    My Leo spends a great deal of her time inside this humid hide and sheds so well that I have never seen any evidence of it happening, not even once. So I guess she is happy with that particular setup as if she wasn't there is other places she could choose including the large version of that same cave among others.

    PS: What Elizabeth said is very true, they don't seem to like it at all when you mess with their favorite hide and just this morning when I replaced that bedding she took a long time to go back in there and stood outside the doorway giving me evil looks. She would go in, then out, then in again for at least two hours before she settled back properly.

    Edit PPS: I forgot to mention that the principles here are what matter and those products can get very expensive when you add it all up, so making hides yourself is an option for any of those.

    Hopefully that was of some help.

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    As for warm humid hides, as Elizabeth said I used to use Eco earth. it worked great and I had no problems. I prefer it over moss because if it is digested it would pass through easier, plus ive heard the geckos dont seem to like the taste so they try to avoid eating any. But my humid hide has a low entrance hole so the eco earth would always get drug out onto my tile and it got annoying to me, so i switched to paper towels. As long as you use multiple paper towels and damp it down pretty good it can stay damp for a few days. No mess and if my gecko eats some i will be able to know because the paper towel will be missing in a spot. I recommend paper towel or eco earth, i would avoid moss. Just my opinion.
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    I do have the gecko cave, 2 pieces, I bought a size large based on reviews and also bc she is large leo. Took top off to just try that for warm hide, but there are areas where air escapes, as its not flat. So....thinking of changing this to her moist hide, which means I would need to get new warm hide. What do u think of the coconut shell as cool hide? I have yet to see her go in it. She just goes over to the cooler tile area and lays there a bit. Suggestions for making your own hides? Don't want too many big hides in tank since its ony 20 gal, the large cave takes a bit of room (should have gotten a med. maybe, oh well.....). Thanks!

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    Tupperware containers! I have a thread in the D-I-Y section on how I made mine pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leah D. View Post
    I do have the gecko cave, 2 pieces, I bought a size large based on reviews and also bc she is large leo. Took top off to just try that for warm hide, but there are areas where air escapes, as its not flat. So....thinking of changing this to her moist hide, which means I would need to get new warm hide. What do u think of the coconut shell as cool hide? I have yet to see her go in it. She just goes over to the cooler tile area and lays there a bit. Suggestions for making your own hides? Don't want too many big hides in tank since its ony 20 gal, the large cave takes a bit of room (should have gotten a med. maybe, oh well.....). Thanks!
    For sure use the Gecko Cave as the Humid hide its ideal.

    No matter what the style of hide is and what side its on the key is that the gecko can be hidden out of sight and that it has just one appropriately sized entrance pretty much. Otherwise they just dont feel safe inside of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zux View Post
    On the subject of hides I'll keep it simple and tell you what I do for the three main ones. (She has many different sizes and styles available to her but that's only possible in large terrariums and isn't necessary to keep your Leo happy and secure)

    For my warm dry hide I use Exo Terra : New Reptile Cave / Natural Hiding Place (Medium *Highly recommend this one*)
    For my warm humid hide I use Exo Terra : Gecko Cave / Terrestrial Gecko Hide (The Medium is the one she chooses from Medium and Large options - Im guessing that's what you have also?)
    For my cool dry hide I use another Exo Terra : New Reptile Cave / Natural Hiding Place (Medium is ideal but for my 7 month old even the small fits her and see's some use, if only for the sake of exploring)

    Because there is space for a lot of hides in her terrarium I was able to test a lot of combinations of style/size/position and see which ones she liked most.
    What I noticed is that they seem to like caves to be snug and have only one small opening. I think if they could tell us what they wanted they would say something along the lines of "something that fits me snugly but comfortably and hides me completely"

    On the subject of humid hides, I thought a lot about what to use in there as bedding and had settled on moss too as I felt that it held the water well enough so that I wouldn't have to disturb her too often. (I was doing all of this before I picked her up from the breeder and was worried about stressing her too much)

    I then heard from some people that they found long strings of this moss in their geckos stool and even of some geckos choking on it (presumably ingested while shedding?) so what I did was create a bed of very damp moss and then put a layer of damp coco-fiber over this and packed it down which I hoped would be the best of both worlds.

    My Leo spends a great deal of her time inside this humid hide and sheds so well that I have never seen any evidence of it happening, not even once. So I guess she is happy with that particular setup as if she wasn't there is other places she could choose including the large version of that same cave among others.

    PS: What Elizabeth said is very true, they don't seem to like it at all when you mess with their favorite hide and just this morning when I replaced that bedding she took a long time to go back in there and stood outside the doorway giving me evil looks. She would go in, then out, then in again for at least two hours before she settled back properly.

    Edit PPS: I forgot to mention that the principles here are what matter and those products can get very expensive when you add it all up, so making hides yourself is an option for any of those.

    Hopefully that was of some help.

    - Shane
    I then heard from some people that they found long strings of this moss in their geckos stool and even of some geckos choking on it (presumably ingested while shedding?) so what I did was create a bed of very damp moss and then put a layer of damp coco-fiber over this and packed it down which I hoped would be the best of both worlds.
    Coco fiber is more likely to cause digestive problems than moss because its more fibrous. A piece was embedded in the skin around one of my leo's vent in the past.

    they don't seem to like it at all when you mess with their favorite hide and just this morning when I replaced that bedding she took a long time to go back in there and stood outside the doorway giving me evil looks. She would go in, then out, then in again for at least two hours before she settled back properly.
    OMG, this is so true and how they react. You would think they paid mortgage on the property.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    Coco fiber is more likely to cause digestive problems than moss because its more fibrous. A piece was embedded in the skin around one of my leo's vent in the past.

    I think rather than the digestive issues it was that people found the moss actually choked the gecko due to the sheer length some of the strands of moss. I shred mine prior to adding it regardless but yea.
    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post

    OMG, this is so true and how they react. You would think they paid mortgage on the property.

    I know haha, even more so since my Leo has only been living with me for under 3 months .
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