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    I just purchased a juvenile leo for my daughter we put a heat mat instead of a heat lamp what lighting if any is recommended since a heat lamp is not being used

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newowner13 View Post
    I just purchased a juvenile leo for my daughter we put a heat mat instead of a heat lamp what lighting if any is recommended since a heat lamp is not being used
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited to you, your daughter, and her leo!

    Heat lamps can sometimes cause burns.

    A heat mat (under tank heater UTH) is highly recommended! It's far easier and safer to give a leo belly heat than it is to get appropriate heat from above. Along with a heat mat Geckos Unlimited recommends a thermostat. A thermostat automatically turns off the heat source at a preset temp. A thermostat keeps a leo comfortable, prevents fires, and saves on electricity.
    • What are the dimensions of this leo's enclosure?
    • What are the dimensions of your heat mat?

    Leos are crepuscular. That means they are active at dusk, during the night, and at dawn. "Decent" ambient light is recommended for her leo. That could mean being located across from a window and/or good daylight in the leo's room.

    IF the enclosure is larger than a "standard" 10 gallon (20 x 10 x 12 inches tall), a photoperiod bulb could also be used during the days.

    IF you have a 10 gallon and those are new purchases, consider returning them for a 20 long (30 x 12 x 12 inches tall). By the time a leo reaches 12 months old, he's ready for that size anyway. Many stores accept returns if the product does not mean your leo's needs.

    Here's a short version of my Leo Care Sheet that I wrote for newbie keepers.
    "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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