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    Hi all!

    My name is Danny and my girlfriend Paige and I are new Leo owners, we've had Louis just over a week now!

    I did extensive research before picking him up and had the vivarium running for about 4 days before introducing him. So far, he seems happy and content.

    We bought him from a reptile store that was recommended to us by a friend and as far as I could tell, all their reptiles looked very healthy. The guy there told us he was roughly 5 months old.. I know it's hard to tell as all geckos are different but it looks about right. He was used to being handled by the shop staff so has taken to me really well, already climbing onto my hand for brief spells within the viv! He eats roughly 4-5 small mealworms a day, dusted with calcium with D3, without D3 and reptivite without D3 depending on my supplement routine. I also leave small amount of calcium without D3 in a food dish for him. He's pooping regularly, I usually find two when I get home after spending then night before at my girlfriends.

    I currently have three hides, one directly over the heat mat (thermostat controlled), one large cave in the middle (this is where he poops!) and another one on the cool side. I don't currently have a moist hide, mainly due to the humidity levels where I live. I live in London and it's winter here at the moment so we're getting plenty of rain, which raises the humidity in the tank somewhat. It generally runs at about 35-40% during the day and between 45-55% at night. I've heard mixed things about humidity, most things online state 20-40% is ideal but the man at the shop we got Louis from said he would be fine with 50% or just over. When I put the humid hide in previously, the humidity sky rocketed to over 70%! I guess my question is.. with the higher humidity in the tank at night (when I believe Leo's generally shed?) will the humid hide be necessary? He's showing no signs of shedding just yet but I'm expecting it soon.

    Thanks in advance for any responses on my first ever post! I'll post some pics of of Louis when I get a chance!

    Danny
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    Welcome aboard to you, Paige, and leo Louis!

    for having your leo's vivarium up and running from the geck-go.

    Keep your moist hide right on top of the heat mat 24/7. Having a cool moist hide can lead to upper respiratory infections. If you find he's shedding alright with your natural room humidity, you may not need to be religious about keeping it moist.

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    ......We bought him from a reptile store that was recommended to us by a friend and as far as I could tell, all their reptiles looked very healthy. The guy there told us he was roughly 5 months old.. I know it's hard to tell as all geckos are different but it looks about right. He was used to being handled by the shop staff so has taken to me really well, already climbing onto my hand for brief spells within the viv! He eats roughly 4-5 small mealworms a day, dusted with calcium with D3, without D3 and reptivite without D3 depending on my supplement routine. I also leave small amount of calcium without D3 in a food dish for him. He's pooping regularly, I usually find two when I get home after spending then night before at my girlfriends.
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    It sounds like you already may have seen post 124 (left side numbers) from the Leo Caresheet linked in my signature.
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    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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    Many thanks for your reply Elizabeth. I've had a look through your care sheet and it is very helpful, particularly regarding humidity, it's really put my mind at ease.
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    See attached some photos of Louis
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