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    I got 2 leopard geckos 5 days ago, I know bad idea but I do plan on seprating them if they end up both male or male/female since they are from the same clutch or see any problems. Anyway enough on that note lets talk about why I'm here, when I got them they were active and always out and bright colours like they would climb yes I know people say they dont climb but these ones do! They climb the background syrofoam thing and they got behind it one head was sticking out on top (2 slits were you would hid wires behind background) and other was just clinging on behind the other so ended up blocking those spots with moss and havent had them there since but they used to sleep why'll on the background, The one I called Gamzee used to jump from the hid to the background. The one I called consuela was curious she was tamed first, meaning she climbed on my hand first then up my arm by day 3 and the other one was more cautious and came up slowly licked my hand then walked up on it. Both liked hand feeding and ate 2-3 crickets a day from day 2. Also basked on the humid hid during the day (bonsai tree hid) or hang out in there dry hid.

    But just yesterday they started hiding in the humid hid all day and night not coming out other then to eat/drink water or poop and there eating alot less(odd since they used to be out for majority of the day), there colour are dulling and they dont wanna climb they arm.

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    I would say they are about to shed. Keep an eye on them once you see that they have started to shed & make sure that they do fully shed - check their feet especially as any old skin remaining there could constrict the blood flow causing them to lose toes. If you notice any shed remaining there you can moisten the old skin with a cotton bud & gently remove it. Good luck with your new pets & do post some photos of them!
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    I will post some pics as soon as get camera working :3 consuela is a pretty Tangerine and Gamzee I'm not sure he's got alot of blue tone in him though. Will do, also should I bath them? like soak them in warm water for 20 minutes to help the shed I heared somewhere to do that whats your opinion?

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    I would say leave them alone unless it is obvious they are having problems. My leo has no nails & some missing toes because he was neglected by a previous owner, & he does seem to have problems shedding. He usually retreats into his moist hide (I have a zoo med repti shelter that I keep filled with damp sphagnum moss, but a homemade one made from an opaque plastic tub with a hole cut into it would work as well - just make sure there are no sharp edges) I keep a check on him & if he hasn't fully shed on his own, I wrap him in paper towels moistened with luke warm water & hold him like that for 20 minutes to loosen any stuck shed, then I gently remove it with damp cotton buds. I've just ordered a bottle of repti shedding aid, & I'm hoping that will help him to shed without my help. I'll let you know how I get on with it.
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    Agreed with Karen. A well-supplemented gecko should be able to shed on its own just fine, though I realise you just got them, so you don't really have a say in what they were getting before. But don't interfere unless there are obviously problems. I'm told reptiles tend to get moody when they're in shed and really hate to be handled.
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    I would say leave them alone unless it is obvious they are having problems. My leo has no nails & some missing toes because he was neglected by a previous owner, & he does seem to have problems shedding. He usually retreats into his moist hide (I have a zoo med repti shelter that I keep filled with damp sphagnum moss, but a homemade one made from an opaque plastic tub with a hole cut into it would work as well - just make sure there are no sharp edges) I keep a check on him & if he hasn't fully shed on his own, I wrap him in paper towels moistened with luke warm water & hold him like that for 20 minutes to loosen any stuck shed, then I gently remove it with damp cotton buds. I've just ordered a bottle of repti shedding aid, & I'm hoping that will help him to shed without my help. I'll let you know how I get on with it.
    I'm curious what supplement you're using? I've never heard of anyone actually ever needing to use shedding aid. I'd be curious to know if it works though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PitbullsareAngels View Post
    I will post some pics as soon as get camera working :3 consuela is a pretty Tangerine and Gamzee I'm not sure he's got alot of blue tone in him though. Will do, also should I bath them? like soak them in warm water for 20 minutes to help the shed I heared somewhere to do that whats your opinion?
    Best to leave your leos alone while shedding. Shedding is kind of a "private" thing . A healthy leo will be able to completely shed without assistance. Check afterwards to see whether any shed remains.

    How old are these new leos of yours? Quite risky to keep them together even if they are females. They will know their sexes before you do .
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    My guess is around 3-6mounths it might be on the sheet I filled out but to lazy to go digging around but they are getting that adult pattern in not the bands they have as hatlching. They seem to like being togeather because the one that gets spooked more(Gamzee) tends to hid behind Consuela they sleep in the same hid but in there own sides of the hid and they get into anticts of finding weird places to hid I tend to see Consuela try things first then Gamzee watching and picks up. Thats how I got Gamzee to crawl on my hand was using Consuela as an example, because have to move them so I can spray the moss down.

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    I've never heard of anyone actually ever needing to use shedding aid. I'd be curious to know if it works though.

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    This was highly recommended by a herpetologist friend of mine who has used it successfully with a few of her snakes. I understand it is a moisturizer. It's not arrived yet but I will report back after I've given it a try.

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    Yep they were about to shed and now Consuela has started to shed but Gamzee still hasnt started but I know he will start soon and I'm curious about that shed aid stuff too I would like to hear if it works I have seen it in stores I probly wont have to ever use it but still good to know if works.

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