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    My gecko is about 1.5 years old now. I've been giving her supplements according to her feeding schedule as she has grown. Now, she is eating 2 days per week (because she is a bit overweight). I have been using calcium without D3 for one feeding and reptivite with D3 the second feeding. I decided after hearing good things to switch to repashy calcium plus and replace the reptivite with it.

    The other day I added UVB to the mix and I'm wondering if/how I should change her supplement schedule. The fixture is the shadedweller by Arcadia and it is 12 inches above her and in top of the screen lid. She still spends a decent amount of time in her hides so she isn't yet getting the full benefits so I wasn't sure if I should adjust her supplements. I'll add a photo of the set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miyukiwynter View Post
    My gecko is about 1.5 years old now. I've been giving her supplements according to her feeding schedule as she has grown. Now, she is eating 2 days per week (because she is a bit overweight). I have been using calcium without D3 for one feeding and reptivite with D3 the second feeding. I decided after hearing good things to switch to repashy calcium plus and replace the reptivite with it.

    The other day I added UVB to the mix and I'm wondering if/how I should change her supplement schedule. The fixture is the shadedweller by Arcadia and it is 12 inches above her and in top of the screen lid. She still spends a decent amount of time in her hides so she isn't yet getting the full benefits so I wasn't sure if I should adjust her supplements. I'll add a photo of the set up.

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    That's great news! Please share a photo of your leo. How long is she?

    Does your leo spend some time each day basking in ShadeDweller's UVB? That could be sticking out a tail, a foot, or some other body part. Is that time increasing?

    Have you any plan to upgrade her enclosure to a 36 x 18 x 12 inch Exo Terra?

    Even when your leo is "taking advantage" of Arcadia's ShadeDweller lighting, Dr. Fran Baines still recommends a backup dose of a good calcium with D3 supplement @ 1 feeding per month. That's in addition to a multivitamin without D3. I recommend Zoo Med's Reptivite withOUT D3 as well as a plain calcium carbonate at the 2nd feeding per week.

    You may wish to confirm this recommendation by joining Facebook's Reptile Lighting group. Dr. Fran Baines is one of the lighting gurus there. She's also a vet. (DR. FRANCES M. BAINES, MA, VETMB, MRCVS)

    UVB Weekly Schedule 156 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (with UVB)

    When your leopard gecko is taking advantage of appropriate UVB rays, Dr. Fran Baines (lighting guru) strongly recommends a backup dose of powdered D3 @ 1 feeding per month! Just substitute 1 D3 calcium dusting for 1 plain calcium dusting that week only.


    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3
    • Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate withOUT D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting


    Dr. Fran Baines (lighting guru) strongly recommends a backup dose of powdered D3 @ 1 feeding per month! Just substitute 1 D3 calcium dusting for 1 plain calcium dusting that week only.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    That's great news! Please share a photo of your leo. How long is she?

    Does your leo spend some time each day basking in ShadeDweller's UVB? That could be sticking out a tail, a foot, or some other body part. Is that time increasing?

    Have you any plan to upgrade her enclosure to a 36 x 18 x 12 inch Exo Terra?

    Even when your leo is "taking advantage" of Arcadia's ShadeDweller lighting, Dr. Fran Baines still recommends a backup dose of a good calcium with D3 supplement @ 1 feeding per month. That's in addition to a multivitamin without D3. I recommend Zoo Med's Reptivite withOUT D3 as well as a plain calcium carbonate at the 2nd feeding per week.

    You may wish to confirm this recommendation by joining Facebook's Reptile Lighting group. Dr. Fran Baines is one of the lighting gurus there. She's also a vet. (DR. FRANCES M. BAINES, MA, VETMB, MRCVS)
    Thank you for this info! I don't know how long she is exactly but she does seem larger than the normal female. Because of this I would like to upgrade her one day but I have a few other upgrades to do first. So far it has only been 2 days so she still isn't sure what to make of the new light but I have a camera I'm going to set out to see if she comes out more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miyukiwynter View Post
    Thank you for this info! I don't know how long she is exactly but she does seem larger than the normal female. Because of this I would like to upgrade her one day but I have a few other upgrades to do first. So far it has only been 2 days so she still isn't sure what to make of the new light but I have a camera I'm going to set out to see if she comes out more.

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    You're welcome!

    She's kinda hefty, BUT her tail looks good. I wonder whether she has some giant genes.

    Please keep us posted on how she adapts to ShadeDweller lighting.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    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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    I know this is an older thread, but I thought I'd add my own experience with shade dweller for future readers.
    My male has had a shade dweller since I got him (he's always been in a 32x18x12). He still gets reptical WITH D3 on the first of every month just in case.

    I notice that he comes out to "bask" maybe 2-3 times a week. He has a long flat piece of slate beside his water dish that gets heat from a CHE as well and is under the UVB. I catch him there right after the light comes on (30 min after the sun starts coming up - changes with time of year) just laying all sprawled out usually with his eyes 1/2 closed and his head up...like a sunbather.

    He always has 8-12 hours of light regardless of the time of year I just adjust what time the light comes on to match as the sun comes up so it is not as sudden - also the living room lights aren't on as no one is up that early. At night since the tv and lights are on, his uvb can go off without the sudden light to dark as well.

    I have very occasionally caught him out mid-day switching hides, he usually does this slowly and makes rounds in the cage before choosing which hide to use. I would guess he gets 4-5 days with some amount of exposure a week. He also occasionally goes mostly into a hide and just leaves his tail sticking out - sometimes for hours.

    I can only assume that he alters his basking / tail out behaviors when he needs more or less D3. They have to know how to regulate themselves on a biologic level or they would never thrive in the wild. The tail-out form of basking has been mentioned in ecology studies of wild geckos - the tail skin absorbs D3 much more efficiently than say their backs or heads.
    This probably co-evolved with the ability to loose the tail as well - if the tail can come off without horrible consequences then if it is the most exposed body part when basking the risk to the lizard is less. They have a better chance of escaping a predator if just their tail is grabbable than lizards that bask with their full body exposed.
    Nature is the best teacher, learn by observing
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    Spotted Dragon do you mean your male leo has a 36x18x12 inch enclosure?
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Spotted Dragon do you mean your male leo has a 36x18x12 inch enclosure?
    lol yes! for now - he has a 48x24x12 custom cage on the way
    Nature is the best teacher, learn by observing
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