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    Default Housing For Leopard Geckos?


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    I'm getting a leopard Gecko Very Soon!!! but i would like to know if i shoud use a glass tank or a wooden one as some people say glass ones loose heat very quickly. Also should i use a heat mat or a heat bulb?? Thank You in Advance

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    I can't help you on what enclosure to use, but for the heat; use a heat mat set to around 90* with a thermostat and if the warm side air temps are less than 85* F. then use a heat lamp. I too am getting a leo soon(hopefully this week!) and right now i have a 20 gallon long glass tank with a heat mat and heat lamp. Temps. could be arguable but that's what i've heard.
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    I personally have a glass tank and haven't really had any issues with it yet. From what I have researched I agree with Jakehinds that you should use an under tank heater since you gecko will get his heat from his belly. The belly heat is very important for the geckos health especially with digesting. I have the UTH connected to a thermostat which helps maintain the heat at the correct temps. I keep it around 90-95 on the warm side and the high 70's low 80s on the cooler side. Sometimes it will drop at night a little but I have read in many places that a night time drop isn't a necessity.

    I do also have a day time lamp since my room doesn't get much day light. I keep that on from 7am til 7pm then I leave it off. If I want to view my gecko during the night time I have been using a low wattage red nighttime bulb.

    People will argue that you do not need heat lamps at all but I like to use them. Also a great recommendation if you haven't already done so would be to invest in digital thermometers. I place the probes inside the hide on the warm side and on the cool side that way I know what the temp is on the tank floor rather then once of the standard thermometers which only read the heat in the air.

    If you search around there are a bunch of threads that will help and give you more information on getting started. There is also a really great care sheet that pretty much tells you most you need to know to get started.

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