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    Hi all,
    I have had my leopard gecko about a month now. He loves his warm hide and even though I have seen him exploring the whole viv, I have never found him in, or seen him in his cool hide nor his moist hide.
    Everything else is fine.
    Is this a problem, or am I worrying about nothing?

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    What temp is the tank? It's probably nothing, but leos that are too cold spend nearly 100% of their time in the warmest part of their tank.

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    As mentioned above. It's important to make sure all the temps in the 3 different zones are correct. Search for information on these forums to see what they should be at if you aren't sure. Also, keeping the warm hide on top of the heated under tank heater is important to make sure the moist hide doesn't get too cold.

    The only other thing to consider is that geckos tend to be more active when the lights go out. Just because you don't see him exploring and trying the different hides doesn't mean that he isn't...when you aren't around!

    Check out Elizabeth's excellent Leopard Gecko care sheet here, if you haven't already. But here is an excerpt on required 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):
    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 Marillion; 08-08-2019 at 01:02 PM.

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    Temps are okay. Maybe the cool end is a high so there is not a huge gradient.

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