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    So my gecko is 1.5 years old. He's totally healthy. His poop looks completely normal. He eats great (dubia roaches, mealworms, crickets and hornworms). I gutload everything properly. Scooby is treated like royalty. I rarely ever hold him, so he's not stressed out at all. His tank temps are perfect. In fact, I just checked them. His warm hide on the left is set at 91. I checked the temp inside his moist hide floor and it's 81. His cool hide is at 74.

    Lately, I have noticed he's been coming out at night, and laying in his water dish, which is over on the cool side of the tank (the only place to put it). Sometimes he lays on the floor right next to it. I keep a double-dome lamp right above the cool side of the tank (I removed it to take the pics), that generates very little heat at all. It's really there for a daytime bulb (since there's no sunlight in that room), and a ceramic heat bulb for night time (so that it doesn't get too cold now during the winter). These bulbs are set on a timer for night and day. His tank temps are fine!

    Anyway, I'm a bit worried because tonight when I checked on him laying in his water dish, one of his back legs is shedding and he's not ready to shed yet. He's not all dry looking at all. This concerns me. Check out my pics.

    What's he doing? What's up with the water dish fetish? I don't want him getting water-logged or getting sick. Aside from this odd behavior he's healthy as a horse. What the heck, Scooby?

    PS - He does not have mites or any sign of disease.

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    Okay, so I just went in to check on him again. He was still in the dish. So I'm talking to him and he's zoning out...staring at nothing. I decided to pick him up and move him out of the dish. I put on a plastic disposable glove because I am getting over the worst upper respiratory bug I've had in years...and I had pink eye in both eyes...yeah, it sucked. Anyway, before I picked him up he was waving his tail very, very, very slowly...coiling it like a snake. So I picked him up and sat him on the tile. He gave no struggle or sound at all (which he normally would). Then he started to walk, but it was like in super slow motion...really weird. He headed for his moist hide and started moving his tail around slowly again like that aggressive thing they do when scared. He turned away from the moist hide (his favorite), and went into his cool hide, turned around and has his head sticking out of it. He's acting really weird. He's never been sick ever! His eyes look fine. His nose looks fine. He ate two large mealworms tonight, and then two medium hornworms. He's been eating great lately, and pooping regularly.

    It does get cool in that room. It's our storage bedroom, so we don't turn the heat on in that room, but we keep the door wide open always so heat from the hallway does go into it, and his tank is right next to the door, but it is cool in there. It's 28 outside tonight and we're getting alot of snow. The room temp is around 70. But like I said, his tank temps are good, I just checked them.
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    Are you sure this is a male? Belly looks a bit wide.

    What are you checking the temp under the warm hide with? Make sure you’re not relying on the thermostat probe temp alone.

    Humidity?
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    I was told he was a male when I bought him from a gecko breeder at a Repticon. He loves to eat. Lately, he's been eating every other day....actually, lastweek he ate 4 days in a row. He's a pig! He'll eat any bug I offer him, but superworms. I was thinking lastnight after I posted, that maybe he was acting weird because he was so full from his meal lastnight. He's always had a nice size belly.

    He rarely goes into his warm hide. The only time he hangs out there is after he eats, which he did for awhile lastnight. Anyway, thanks so much for reminding me to check the temp on the floor of his warm hide. I checked it with an infrared thermometer right next to the probe and it read 91.6, and yet the damn thermostat reads 88.6. WTH? I always thought these thermostats were accurate. I'm waiting for the thermostat to go back up to 91, which is where it's set, and then I will check the floor again. It was so cold out lastnight (we got 11" of snow here), and I suppose the thermostat tries to compensate for the drop in temp even indoors.

    I just checked his belly underside and it looks fine...no sign of burns or anything. I often wondered about his wide belly, but he eats alot (unlike my last gecko of 17 years). His poop is huge and healthy...never runny...with an equal amount of brown and white. He poops regularly, so he's not impacted or anything. I take very good care of him. Seriously. He is treated very well. I spoil him.

    The warm hide floor is now showing 91.5 on the thermostat, and it's reading 90.5 with the infrared gadget now. The humidity is reading 35%.

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    Elizabeth, where are you when I need you???

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    I'm gonna start this by saying I in no way have the knowledge of a vet or experienced owner, as I've only had my first baby for a little over a year now, but it sounds like there's a possibility he is overeating. Adult leopard geckos shouldn't eat every day by what I've learned and 4 days in a row sounds like a lot especially if he eats big portions. Obviously he sounds like he's not impacted, but maybe just kind of lethargic from the amount of food? That wouldn't explain the water bowl, but I do know I feel like crap and just want to lay around if I eat too much. I would definitely take more experienced member's advice more seriously than mine, but that's just my two cents. If it keeps up please seek out a vet. He sounds like a very lucky gecko and I hope he feels better soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoFanboy View Post
    Elizabeth, where are you when I need you???
    The warm hide floor is now showing 91.5 on the thermostat, and it's reading 90.5 with the infrared gadget now. The humidity is reading 35%.
    Oh my goodness, GeckoFanboy! I've been at the PDX Reptile Show all weekend. Just returned home late Sunday evening. Monday was recoup day.

    Maybe Scooby's humidity is a little low! Generally 40-60% relative humidity is what I recommend. Maybe that's why he's hanging out in his water dish.

    Scooby's definitely ready for this schedule. 2, maybe 3, feedings per week will be sufficient these days. It will be beneficial for him to lose a little weight.
    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; 01-15-2019 at 04:40 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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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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    Sounds good. I'll put him a diet and start misting his tank at night again.
    Thanks! He's my buddy!

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    Due to typing difficulties, I get right to the point(questions) and so hope it doesnt come off like Im slapping you with a ruler.
    Why do you have heat bulbs on the cool side? Any heat lamp should be on the warm end.
    What color?
    How many watts?
    What time do they come on and off?

    His water may get too warm if the bulb reaches the bottom.

    Why would you remove the domes to take the picture? Its like an episode of fixer upper on HGTV(after the staging)

    Do you have a 3rd thermometer. Its good to know which temperature is accurate. You wrote he rarely goes to the warm hide. This is not good for digestion. Could it be too warm for his comfort? Some like it cooler than others. This is why its wise to provide an enclosure that is as long as possible. With more space comes the opportunity to provide more than one temperature(hot spot only), allowing him to choose. This will be more costly, however its called providing more than minimal conditions(optimal husbandry).

    Or could the hide not be as secure as the others? The opening seems larger and if Im not mistaken has another opening at the back? Looks similar to a hide I made the mistake of buying years ago(wasnt used).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoFanboy View Post
    Sounds good. I'll put him a diet and start misting his tank at night again.
    Thanks! He's my buddy!
    You're welcome.

    Do you notice a difference with your temp gun readings depending upon the temp gun's actual distance from the spot you're measuring?

    What is the ambient temp of Scooby's room during the winter? How far below 70*F?

    Have you ever confirmed Scooby's sex?

    Sexing Leopard Geckos -- Leopard geckos become sexable at about 6 months old. Males can be distinguished from females by a distinct /\-shaped row of pores above the vent and by two hemipenal bulges below the vent. To see their vents, potential male pores, and hemipenal bulges gently press their bodies up against the glass. They'll squirm if you try to turn them over.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 01-15-2019 at 05:07 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 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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