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    Hello everyone. I've been following this site for a while but decided to join now and participate on this forum as I have some concerns with my leopard gecko which are making me worry.

    I've had my gecko for over 2 years now and since Friday of last week he has been acting strange after I switched out his terrarium set up. Usually I can go for about 2-3 weeks before changing and cleaning his terrarium but it's never been an issue as I usually switch up his terrarium and he settles in just fine after a few hours. Also I just swap out different hides but leave it in the same area he is accustomed to.

    The only thing different I did this time was add Eco Earth on one side of the terrarium while the rest of the enclosure has the usual repti carpet that I provide.

    I can understand that he is probably stressed out from the change but I wouldn't think it would take him so many days later. He remains in his humid hide and does not come out at all (not even at night time). I keep checking on him and today in the afternoon I took him out and let him crawl on my shoulder and just hold him for a few minutes and he looks completely fine.

    I really don't know what it is that is wrong with him. I have never seen him like this at all even after changing his enclosure.

    Please can someone provide me some feedback on what might be the issue. Much appreciated.

    P.S I've used Eco Earth before on his enclosure before and it's never been an issue.

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    Welcome to GU! I don't really know what the issue is, but I do find that my geckos go through a period of behaving a certain way and, for example, enjoying a particular hide, and then change to something else. That may be what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Welcome to GU! I don't really know what the issue is, but I do find that my geckos go through a period of behaving a certain way and, for example, enjoying a particular hide, and then change to something else. That may be what happened.

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    Thanks for the welcoming Aliza.

    But not come out of that hide since Friday of last week? I find that really odd. I am keeping a close eye on him and he is very private and hidden and won't come out his humid hide. Definitely does not look sick at all. I can think it's because he is about to shed but in terms of shedding he won't stay there 24 hours a day like he is now. Acting really strange.

    Also my light cycle has been the same so I know for a fact that is not a stress sign in terms of the light cycle.
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    Is he sneaking out at night?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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
    Is he sneaking out at night?
    I don't believe he is.

    I am actually trying to get him out his humid hide and putting him outside on the warm side so he can warm up a little but keeps going back into his humid hide. His belly is super cold.

    I'm getting really worried now.

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    Are you absolutely sure that the temperature on the floor of the hot side is no higher than the low 90's? If it gets too hot, the gecko will stay on the cold side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Are you absolutely sure that the temperature on the floor of the hot side is no higher than the low 90's? If it gets too hot, the gecko will stay on the cold side.

    Aliza
    My temperature does not exceed 90 degrees. It only goes to a max of 80 degrees.

    He usually lays on the warm side for belly heat but he hasn't been doing that at all and it's in the humid hide all the time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoTangy View Post
    I don't believe he is.

    I am actually trying to get him out his humid hide and putting him outside on the warm side so he can warm up a little but keeps going back into his humid hide. His belly is super cold.

    I'm getting really worried now.
    Quote Originally Posted by LeoTangy View Post
    My temperature does not exceed 90 degrees. It only goes to a max of 80 degrees.

    He usually lays on the warm side for belly heat but he hasn't been doing that at all and it's in the humid hide all the time now.
    From what you say, your temps are much too cool! Both the warm dry hide and the moist hide should sit on top of the heat mat.

    Can you match these temperatures? A leo needs belly heat between 88-92*F in order to digest it's prey.

    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):
    • Warm end ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide and his moist hide too!
    • Cool end ground temperature: 70ish-75 F (21.1-23.9 C) Usually the cool end ground temperature matches the room temperature where the enclosure sits.
    • 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. If you wish, during the 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).
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 06-26-2019 at 03:24 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 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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