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    I purchased my first leopard gecko last week from lllreptile. He is an adult male and Iím not sure how old he is as the pet store wasnít exactly sure but said they think he was 2 years old. He is 9 inches long. Can anyone tell me if he is overweight? I have read that his tail should not be bigger than his neck. I have attached a picture. I would love to know if anyone would know how old he could be and if he is obese, how can I help him? And how often should I be feeding him?
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    Welcome aboard, Geckomomm!

    You've got a mature leo there! He's "beefy" but not overweight -- just muscular. There's no way to tell how old he is. A leopard gecko's gender can be confirmed when that leo is over 5 inches in total length. That may happen when the leo is near 6 months old.

    I suggest feeding him about 2x per week. Have you purchased supplements yet?

    Please share a picture of his enclosure.

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    I have been just feeding him crickets dusted with reptiCalcium w/D3. I tried giving him super worms and he had no interest. I also ordered dubias so not sure if he likes those yet. So you don’t think he is overweight?

    Also, Also, what size crickets is best for his size? And how many? 0CC3EC3E-62EB-4819-B25A-457779A9C185.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geckomomm View Post
    I have been just feeding him crickets dusted with reptiCalcium w/D3. I tried giving him super worms and he had no interest. I also ordered dubias so not sure if he likes those yet. So you don’t think he is overweight?

    Also, Also, what size crickets is best for his size? And how many? 0CC3EC3E-62EB-4819-B25A-457779A9C185.jpg
    I don't think he's overweight.
    1. What size enclosure? Dimensions?
    2. What do you have on the ground of this enclosure?
    3. How are you heating it?

    Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 is excellent. Just lightly dust all his insects 1x per week with Repti Calcium with D3. D3 is fat soluble. It sticks around for about 1 week metabolizing calcium along the way.

    How about alternating Repti Calcium with D3 with Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins without D3?

    [Feed him about 4 adult crickets per feeding or 4 smaller (soft) dubia.] Please see post 10 instead.

    Aliza (GU's acpart) uses this already ground dry diet from "Professional Reptiles" for her mealworm/superworm bedding as well as for her insect and worm food.


    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (withOUT UVB)
    Early stage metabolic bone disease (MBD) symptoms include uneven (lopsided) gait, walking on one or both "elbows", bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite.
    The Reptile Supply Company based in Lodi, California stocks Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3.
    • Monday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Thursday > > crickets or dubia lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3
    • Saturday > > Optional: mealworms, superworms, or black soldier fly larvae (Phoenix worms) > > no dusting



    For link 126 click: Weekly Feeding & Supplement Schedule 126 for leopard geckos 18 months old +
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    He is in a 20gal tank, reptile carpet, and a heat pad. Thanks so much for your feedback
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    Do you let the dubias crawl around in the tank? Or in a glass bowl? I feed my crested geckos dubias in a bowl but wasn’t sure if the leopard geckos needed them crawling around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geckomomm View Post
    He is in a 20gal tank, reptile carpet, and a heat pad. Thanks so much for your feedback
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    Do you let the dubias crawl around in the tank? Or in a glass bowl? I feed my crested geckos dubias in a bowl but wasn’t sure if the leopard geckos needed them crawling around.
    You're quite welcome.

    A 20 long: 30 x 12 x 12 inches high?

    What are the dimensions of his heat pad? How much of the ground does the heat pad cover?

    It's important that both the warm dry hide and the warm humid hide sit on top of the heat mat.

    Dubias tend to hide. I use an 8 oz glass bowl from Walmart for my leo's feeding dish. These bowls come in 4-packs with lids. My leo has a slanted rock up to the bowl's lip.
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    Yes, the tank is 30x12x12. I have two 6x8 heat pads on the side of the cage and on the bottom of cage. What is a good humidity hide I can get? I have a moss ball hide that he seems to not care too much about and never goes in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geckomomm View Post
    Yes, the tank is 30x12x12. I have two 6x8 heat pads on the side of the cage and on the bottom of cage. What is a good humidity hide I can get? I have a moss ball hide that he seems to not care too much about and never goes in.
    Thanks for asking!

    You may need a larger heat mat. I recommend an Ultratherm 11 x 17 inch heat pad. Reptile Basics & the Reptile Supply Company sell those Ultratherms for $22!

    In July 2020 I upgraded my 15.5 yo leo (~70 grams) to a large terra cotta OMEM humidification hide. Leo Cha spends much time in that hide whether or not she's shedding. The door opening of the large = 2 inches wide x 1.5 inches high. That's the largest one OMEM makes. It's probably adequate for leos up to 90 grams. The terra cotta breathes. It provides much more consistent humidity than any other hide I've found. All the other humid hides seem to go from humid -----> dry within a very short time.

    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'' (Good size for Oedura castelnaui - Northern Velvet Geckos)
    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 entry hole for the large OMEM terra cotta hide measures 2 inches wide x 1.5 inches high.
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    "Feed him about 4 adult crickets per feeding or 4 smaller (soft) dubia."
    A much better guide than a certain number of crickets per feeding is how quickly your leo eats them. Feed him ALL he'll eat in 15 minutes on each of two days per week. If he maintains his weight you're good. If he loses a little weight, add a few additional insects.
    "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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