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    I think I'm just being over cautious here but I've noticed that my new leopard gecko is only staying in the cold hide, I've got a thermostat on the warm side set to 88 F because when I use my heat gun to check the temp it's reading at around 92 in some places. it's probably just because it's settling in and the hide on the cold side makes it feel more comfortable, it's the hide that has 2 floors and he's always in the top bit. when I woke up this morning I did see that he knocked the calcium dust over and there was footprints all over the viv, so I'm not sure :/IMG_0039.jpg (The left side is the cool side) Also the cold side is around 78F.
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    Is it warm where you live? Because due to the warm weather lately, most of my geckos are staying on the cool side or moist hide during the day. They're only using the warm side at night when temperature drops a bit. It's quite normal for them during the summer, when ambient temperature rises, that they choose to use the cool side or their moist hide more.

    And yes chances are the gecko is just settling in. If you bought a petstore gecko, they often have the same side window hide that you have. Maybe the gecko is just more familiar with it, and that the small opening makes it feel more secure at the moment.

    You do see the calcium dust all over so you know he's out roaming when you are asleep. I'd say you are doing fine at the moment, just give the gecko a bit more time to settle in. The temperature reading you said (88-92) is fine for the warm side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamBrand View Post
    I think I'm just being over cautious here but I've noticed that my new leopard gecko is only staying in the cold hide, I've got a thermostat on the warm side set to 88 F because when I use my heat gun to check the temp it's reading at around 92 in some places. it's probably just because it's settling in and the hide on the cold side makes it feel more comfortable, it's the hide that has 2 floors and he's always in the top bit. when I woke up this morning I did see that he knocked the calcium dust over and there was footprints all over the viv, so I'm not sure :/IMG_0039.jpg (The left side is the cool side) Also the cold side is around 78F.
    Where is the probe placed? It's usually warmer inside the hide. You will have to compare both temps using a 3rd thermometer. If it's actually 92, it may be too warm for his comfort. Do you have a digital thermometer to check the air temps as well?

    Both hides look pretty similar in security to me and if he's walking around, I doubt that's the reason.
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    Mardy: That's good to hear and yeah, where I am at the moment is hotter than usual so that could be it. I fed him earlier and it's so fun to watch also good to know that he's eating fine. after he ate he went into the warm hide for a bit, but soon after went inside the cooler hide. I'm thinking that the warm hide doesn't make him feel as safe as the cooler side because it's a bigger entrance and just a long hole. would it be unhealthy for him not to go on the warm side? and would he go there if he needs to?

    cricket4u: the probe is roughly in the middle of the warm hide and the highest point is 92F, most of it is from 88-90 F, I have a gauge thermometer for the air temp which is reading 75-78F

    On another note, he has a tiny flake of shed on the top of his head, will this be any problem? I'm not sure when he actually shed.

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    The probe in the picture appears to be behind the hide. Unless it has a hole in the back?

    after he ate he went into the warm hide for a bit, but soon after went inside the cooler hide

    How long? If it was a few seconds or minutes, I would suspect there's a temperature discrepancy. He went to that hide for a reason, I'd imagine to gain heat. If he left that quickly, chances are it's too warm. My leos do not use the hides that are over 91. Well, you'll have to play process of elimination.

    You can always switch the hides if you really believe that's the problem. You do not want your gecko to run into digestive problems. The thermometer on the glass have a tendency to be inaccurate. I suggest that you buy a digital to monitor air temps. You should provide air temps as well of 75-85 max on the warm end, not only belly heat.

    You may want to use a dark container if he's not using the humidity hide in order for him to feel secure. If the patch of shed on his head is not gone soon, you may have to remove it with a damp cloth.

    I would also suggest a background. Too much exposure and the reflections on the glass can freak them out sometimes.
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    If the shed does not come off after a day or two, use a wet qtip and gently wipe it off.

    The large entrance definitely could make him feel less secure, because it's wide open. They like small entrances and tight fitting spaces. You could try swapping the hides, or place your existing hide in a different way that blocks the entrance view. Like turning the warm hide sideways facing somewhere that's not open to light, like have it facing the moist hide but with enough space for him to crawl inside.

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    cricket4u: I made a small hole in the back so I can fit the probe in and I will be getting a digital thermometer. also tomorrow I should get the moist hide I bought on-line, it's a coconut you can open up.

    What I'll do is swap the hides. Right now I'm waiting for him to to move out of the hide so I can drill a hole to fit the probe in and I'm going to put cork board sloping over the entrance of the other hide - to make him feel safer. I'm trying to do it at his own pace to minimize stress

    I'm a bit weary of taking the shed of as it's still settling in. Do you think the process will stress him out? he is eating fine

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    Well, this is why I said if it doesn't come off soon. I don't like the idea of it at this point and was hoping he will use the humidity hide. If it's a very small patch, waiting a few days may not be a problem. Hopefully he will use his new humidity hide and the patch will come off on it's own. Just keep an eye on the patch and use common sense.
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    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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    Yeah I'll see how it goes, many thanks for the help guys
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