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    I just received my new leopard gecko, and apparently the breeder has been free feeding her by leaving a bowl of mealworms with calcium in her food bowl. She looks rather fat and I think she's overweight.

    1. I'll like to transition her to a schedule to monitor her eating habits closely. Any suggestions on how I might do this? She's between 12-18 months old. I placed a small sized cricket in her tank to see if she would hunt, but she wasn't very interested in it and it ended up nipping her. I removed it.

    2. Are there any tips on handling my gecko so she gets used to me? do I just place my palm in front of her to see if she would climb on?

    3. Are charcoal dehumidifiers safe as a dehumidifier? the humidity in my area is at a perpetual high all the time ~70%, and I was thinking of placing one of those charcoal dehumidifiers in her tank (those plastic tub types that collects the absorbed water at the bottom)

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by plantwitch View Post
    I just received my new gecko, and apparently the breeder has been free feeding her by leaving a bowl of mealworms with calcium in her food bowl. She looks rather fat and I think she's overweight.

    1. I'll like to transition her to a schedule to monitor her eating habits closely. Any suggestions on how I might do this? She's between 12-18 months old. I placed a small sized cricket in her tank to see if she would hunt, but she wasn't very interested in it and it ended up nipping her. I removed it.

    2. Are there any tips on handling my gecko so she gets used to me? do I just place my palm in front of her to see if she would climb on?

    3. Are charcoal dehumidifiers safe as a dehumidifier? the humidity in my area is at a perpetual high all the time ~70%, and I was thinking of placing one of those charcoal dehumidifiers in her tank (those plastic tub types that collects the absorbed water at the bottom)

    Thank you!
    What species is this gecko? We could assume it's a leopard gecko, since you have posted about that, but people have other species, too. We have to know what it is, so we can give you the correct advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
    What species is this gecko? We could assume it's a leopard gecko, since you have posted about that, but people have other species, too. We have to know what it is, so we can give you the correct advice.
    Oops. Yes, a leopard gecko!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Please post a picture of your new leo. A video will be even better.

    1. If she is in fine shape I recommend Schedule 126 in the care sheet linked in my signature. Once I see a picture (and see that she's walking fine) I'll copy the schedule right here.

    2. For 123 click: Taming your Leopard Gecko......GU's mecoat, Zux (Shane), & others

    3. A clean sock filled with uncooked rice can reduce humidity. 70% relative humidity is OK.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 11-19-2018 at 05:06 PM.
    "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 a vivarium <===

    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
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Please post a picture of your new leo. A video will be even better.

    1. If she is in fine shape I recommend Schedule 126 in the care sheet linked in my signature. Once I see a picture (and see that she's walking fine) I'll copy the schedule right here.

    2. For 123 click: Taming your Leopard Gecko......GU's mecoat, Zux (Shane), & others

    3. A clean sock filled with uncooked rice can reduce humidity. 70% relative humidity is OK.
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    Oh I never thought about the uncooked rice! I should have considering I'm asian. I can't upload a video, but she does seem to be walking well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantwitch View Post
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    Oh I never thought about the uncooked rice! I should have considering I'm asian. I can't upload a video, but she does seem to be walking well.
    Please share a full body picture including her tail. Have you verified that she's a girl?

    Here's how to upload a video. I'd love to see it. That will let me give "informed" suggestions about her supplements.

    Posting Photos/Videos...inline or attached
    Click: vBulletin FAQ
    • To insert a video find 3 lines of choices at the top where you make a post. On the second line, 15 icons in from the left, you'll see a video icon. It looks like a ladder. Post your video URL right there. A picture and arrow like you may have noticed here will be displayed, not just a link.
    • To insert a photo use the "image" icon close to the "ladder" icon.
      • Click: Go Advanced under the reply box
      • Then click: Manage Attachments
      • Find pictures from your computer and upload them (after uploading your photos/video to a free Imgur account)
      • Grab the url they provide
      • Then click "insert image url" OR "insert video url"
      • Then paste & share
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-04-2018 at 07:01 PM.
    "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 a vivarium <===

    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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    If your leo is doing fine and walking well at 12-18 months old, I believe she's ready for Schedule 126.

    Weekly Schedule 125 for leopard geckos 12-18 months old
    (without UVB)

    Powdered supplement recommendations for leopard geckos 12-18 months old depend upon how well your leo has grown thus far and whether he/she is walking well. Leos usually reach maximum size at about 18 months old.
    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (without UVB)

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 11-25-2018 at 07:13 AM.
    "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 a vivarium <===

    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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    Here's a video of her walking.

    She trembles when she walks, and I can't fix her supplements until she's settled in and start eating. Most recent poop is urate only, half lemon yellow half white. I've got zoo med calcium w D3 & reptivite w/o.

    I've done up a bioactive tank for her however, and she's been an active explorer. Warm end 33C under warm hide, cool end 27C. She's on an excavator + eco earth mix.

    How long would it take for her to settle in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by plantwitch View Post


    Here's a video of her walking.

    She trembles when she walks, and I can't fix her supplements until she's settled in and start eating. Most recent poop is urate only, half lemon yellow half white. I've got zoo med calcium w D3 & reptivite w/o.

    I've done up a bioactive tank for her however, and she's been an active explorer. Warm end 33C under warm hide, cool end 27C. She's on an excavator + eco earth mix.

    How long would it take for her to settle in?
    Her enclosure looks good!

    Settling in depends upon your leo. All leos are different. Try covering both sides and the back (unless the enclosure is against a wall) with something like brown paper. That will make her feel more secure.

    Healthy urates are pure white. Is she drinking frequently?

    How are you heating your leo's enclosure?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-01-2018 at 02:55 AM.
    "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 a vivarium <===

    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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