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    Hello all,

    I am new to the reptile scene. I recently received a grant to start a classroom pet! I have always had my eye on leopard geckos and when the opportunity to receive money for a class pet I began researching. I have used forums into past for my freshwater fish (beta and German Blue Ram) they have always been a great place for me to grab information.

    The grant was through Petco. So, after looking around at multiple Petcos near me, I came across this guy/girl! I was told it is around 3 months old? I am still not sure of the morph, however I think it may be a snow of some sort. (This is just based on pictures).

    My current setup is a 10 gallon (this was a free starter kit as part of the grant). During my research I found that the starter kits can lack some key components for an ideal tank. So I also purchased an UTH connected to a thermostat to monitor temperature. My thermostat is set for 86* F on the warm side. This leaves my cool side for around 76*F. I have 3 hides in the tank One hot, cold, and humid hide that is at around 80% and 30% humidity.

    As for my classroom intentions, please know that safety for this guy comes first. I am the only one who will be bringing him home. I am keeping this little one at home until I get him comfortable being in his new habitat and I learn his behaviors. I have no intentions to have the students "play" with him and I am the only one who will be handling him. My hope is for my students to feel a bond and connection with each other and learn more about responsibility. Sorry for the lengthy writing I am just very excited.20190216_190126.jpg
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    your tank sounds good, you should experiment what temps it likes be cause some leos like hotter temps and some like cooler temps, it will move if it s to hot then you know to coo it down.
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    Awesome! I am trying to figure that out now. the first 2 days he was hiding in the cool hid, but this morning I found him on the heat!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    In order for your leo to digest his prey, he'll require these ground temps.

    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. At night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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