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    It’s 40 gallon long for a one year old gecko I am getting in the beginning of November.

    It has three hides (cold,humid,hot) I may put one more crocheted hide in the middle.

    The large dark branch is fake while the there are two real driftwood in the right.

    There are two hammocks with the left aiming at his poop hammock.

    There’s an under tank heater and a ceramic heater for air temp. I’m still waiting on my background!

    What do you guys think of it?6CF103A7-AF07-42B5-BB16-6337FFD2E3CE.jpg15561F7E-2862-4AD5-B6A8-BB8216995321.jpg3DA109D6-27EB-4CBA-A83E-93FAD8E37087.jpg
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    Looks pretty good for a start but one thing about leos is you can never expect where they will decide to make their bathroom so dont expect them to use the hammock.

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    Best wishes for your new leo! Please keep us posted.

    It's a little difficult to see your pics. Could you try again with better light?

    How about giving your new leo a homecoming gift: an OMEM terra cotta humidification hide? They are a snap to maintain. My leo loves her large. I would never turn back. All you'll need to do about 1x per day is make certain the basin is full.

    Method #6 -- Proactive Method
    Here's an excellent proactive approach! A LARGE terra cotta cave with a basin on top will keep ANY gecko's humidity higher 24/7. Since the humidification cave is made from clay, colors vary some. Use this cave + an 8 ounce water dish for your leopard gecko.

    July 2020: My leopard gecko loves her new LARGE terra cotta humid hide with the basin on top! Place that hide on a textured ceramic tile or on a piece of slate on the enclosure's warm end right next to the warm dry hide. Use sphagnum moss inside as a bedding. Fill the basin on top with water daily.

    My leo uses this terra cotta hide all the time! She alternates between her warm dry hide and this warm humid hide. This terra cotta humid hide retains a constant humidity level without any effort on my part. My leo's former humid hide was often dry, quite dry in fact.

    Terra cotta is porous. It is the only type hide that actually "breathes".
    Click: https://www.amazon.com/OMEM-Reptiles.../dp/B01M1NTI44

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    Sizes
    Small: 3.54'' x 2.76'' x 2.36''
    Medium: 4.72'' x 3.35'' x 2.95''
    Large OMEM hide (for ALL leopard geckos up to maybe 90 grams): 5.9'' x 4.72'' x 3.74''
    X-Large: At this time OMEM does not make an XL version of their terra cotta hide.

    The large OMEM's entry hole = 2 inches wide x 1.5 inches high.
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    Thank you!

    I’m glad you brought up that humid hide.

    I was going to buy it but I realized that my house is normally between 45-60 humidity and I was concerned that hide may raise the tank humidity as well since the moss is exposed VS my rock lair https://www.petmountain.com/product/...saAvLfEALw_wcB ?
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    Im not sure why the pictures come out side ways..

    Should I be concerned of the height of my left hammock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odinsmom View Post
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    Im not sure why the pictures come out side ways..

    Should I be concerned of the height of my left hammock?
    The best thing you can do is measure the temp range on the left side hammock.

    1. What dimensions is your heat mat?
    2. Do you have tiles or wooden blocks underneath the corners of your enclosure as well as in the middle to provide ventilation for your heat mat?
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    I’m glad you brought up that humid hide.

    I was going to buy it but I realized that my house is normally between 45-60 humidity and I was concerned that hide may raise the tank humidity as well since the moss is exposed VS my rock lair https://www.petmountain.com/product/...saAvLfEALw_wcB ?

    I have a 12x18 may and I’m actually having issues keeping the slate below 93 on a analog temp regulator, do you have any suggestions for better temp regulation?

    I have rubber pads under the enclosure to hold it off the cabinet.



    I was worried that the height of the left hammock would be dangerous if he fell? ...or are leopard geckos hardy enough that that height would not be an problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odinsmom View Post
    I’m glad you brought up that humid hide.

    I was going to buy it but I realized that my house is normally between 45-60 humidity and I was concerned that hide may raise the tank humidity as well since the moss is exposed VS my rock lair https://www.petmountain.com/product/...saAvLfEALw_wcB ?

    I have a 12x18 may and I’m actually having issues keeping the slate below 93 on a analog temp regulator, do you have any suggestions for better temp regulation?

    I have rubber pads under the enclosure to hold it off the cabinet.



    I was worried that the height of the left hammock would be dangerous if he fell? ...or are leopard geckos hardy enough that that height would not be an problem?
    Analog gauges really only show "ballpark" readings. Humidity bounces around quite a bit. To be certain you'd need a more accurate digital hygrometer/thermometer. Instead of spending $ for a hygrometer, I would "monitor" your leo's comfort by his use of his warm humid hide. However, Zoo Med makes a yellow digital thermometer for about $10. Knowing an exact temperature IS important!

    I use a Radio Shack digital hygrometer/thermometer. I don't have a combo brand that I recommend. I've been "judging" the ambient humidity by my leo's use of her large OMEM hide. I'm gathering room readings for you today. I don't have A/C, so I'm thinking my living room humidity ranges from 40-60%. When we have an "enclosed system" with additional heat (enclosure with heat pad), I "think" that creates a microsystem that dries out the leo's environment no matter what the room humidity may be.

    Until July 2020 I used an enclosed warm humid hide quite similar to the hide you linked. Usually Cha's warm humid hide would dry out "all the time". It seemed like it took daily upkeep to keep Cha's warm humid hide HUMID. It was "humid, then dry" on a regular basis. It's so much easier to just lift the screen top and fill this basin! The OMEM hide keeps the warm humid hide more consistently humid.

    1. What type & strength of bulb do you have in the overhead fixture?
    2. What dimensions is your 40 gallon?
    3. Is there something your leo can use to climb down from that hammock?
    4. Will your warm humid hide (the hide you linked) be right next to your warm dry hide? Will it ALSO sit right on top of the heat mat?
    5. About how high are those rubber pads? Can you stick your pinky underneath?
    6. How long is your leo from head to tail tip? Unfortunately OMEM does not make an XL size.



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    The large OMEM's entry hole = 2 inches wide x 1.5 inches high.
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    "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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    You’re right about the ease of adding water so I went ahead and orded it.
    I also brought https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01I1...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Because mine now cant get the mat down below 95 f using my infrared temp gun.

    1.the ceramic heater is a few years old but I believe it’s 100w on a digital temp controller to set 79 degree air temp max.
    2. 48x12x16
    3.yes, he can climb up and down the large fake log in the middle of the tank and I stuck another wood piece int he back side to fill the gap. There are still some places for him to fall through however... my last gecko wasn’t very smart with depth perception ..i just didn’t want any mishaps if he did fall.
    4.it will be until the new one arrives!
    5. I can just barely get my pinky under but it’s lifted in six areas.
    6. I’m not sure how long he is because I don’t have him yet, he’s 59g and a year old right now.

    Thanks for responding!
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    Update: I decided to get the front sliding glass door tank that’s 48L. I’ll post another photo once it comes on and I set it up.


    I was thinking of staring UVB light. Anyone have an experience with that?

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