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    I just got my first leopard gecko. I have a question on the best location for the thermostat probe. The enclosure is made from PVC. The UTH is located under the enclosure, you then have PVC, and then the probe laying on the bottom of the inside. The probe is held in place on the PVC with a dab of hot glue on the cord. It this a correct way of doing it? Should the probed be placed differently?

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    The best placement for the probe is sandwiched between the UTH pad and the bottom of the cage. It may cause a slight "bubble" over where the probe is, but this is ok. Also depending one the brand, the UTH may need a gap between the cage and whatever the cage is sitting on to allow air flow.

    If the UTH looses it's stickiness if you have to remove it to reconfigure the probe placement, I used a thin strip of high temp hot glue just around the edges to keep it from peeling off. Some people use aluminum foil tape or duct tape around the edges, but I personally don't like to.
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    Yeah, I have rubber feet on the bottom of the cage to allow for a gap. So sounds like I need to move the thermostat probe to between the UTH and cage. Also I hope PVC is decent for an enclosure?

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    I don't know about for geckos - I'm just looking into them as a pet - but I have a PVC cage for my ball python and love it. I hope they are good for geckos too as that is what my plan is for my future leo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cstew80 View Post
    Yeah, I have rubber feet on the bottom of the cage to allow for a gap. So sounds like I need to move the thermostat probe to between the UTH and cage. Also I hope PVC is decent for an enclosure?
    I think the ideal placement for the thermostat's probe is on the floor of the enclosure right underneath your leo's warm dry hide. It's good to monitor that temp, because that's the temp your leo feels when he lies there. I tape my thermostat's probe to the probe of a digital thermometer to monitor the thermostat's setting.

    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):
    • 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) ground temperature right underneath a leo's warm dry hide
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7.
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