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    I just got my gecko 2 days ago and noticed he is always in the cool hide and my cool side is about 78 and warm side is 90-93 so i kno my tempetures are correct im just wondering if its normal for leopard gecko to stay in the cool hide most of the time? or is he still stressed and scared and just afraid to move because he still hasnt ate yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbollard View Post
    I just got my gecko 2 days ago and noticed he is always in the cool hide and my cool side is about 78 and warm side is 90-93 so i kno my tempetures are correct im just wondering if its normal for leopard gecko to stay in the cool hide most of the time? or is he still stressed and scared and just afraid to move because he still hasnt ate yet?
    Perhaps there's another reason he is not eating. Does he have good body weight? Is there a thermostat connected to the UTH?

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    yes i have a thermostat connected to the UTH. and here are two pictures pf my setup and picture of my gecko
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbollard View Post
    yes i have a thermostat connected to the UTH. and here are two pictures pf my setup and picture of my gecko
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    Thanks for purchasing a thermostat to ensure your leo's greater comfort.

    How does the analog thermometer on the warm end compare with your Hydrofarm's setting? Sometimes analog thermometers aren't all that accurate. Any chance you could purchase a good quality digital thermometer with a probe to verify your thermostat's setting? Just because the thermostat is set for say 90 F does not mean the temperature is actually 90 F before it shuts off . Sometimes those stainless steel aquarium thermometers with the red indicators are pretty good...but no probe to measure air temps.
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    i have that temperature gun sitting on the top of the cage to monitor what the floor temperatures are. and they compare to the thermostat very well there always with in 2 degrees of eachother. and if i would put the thermometers sitting in the front the cage up on the wall would that help monitor air temps? and i also have one of these can that help measure air temps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbollard View Post
    i have that temperature gun sitting on the top of the cage to monitor what the floor temperatures are. and they compare to the thermostat very well there always with in 2 degrees of eachother. and if i would put the thermometers sitting in the front the cage up on the wall would that help monitor air temps? and i also have one of these can that help measure air temps?
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    Good on your temp gun. I missed that .

    I think the air temp needs to be measured by probes dangling from the screen top. Think I see a probe on your Thermo-Hygro device. Each time I have visited my exotics vet (2x to date) he reinforces the idea that ALL temps need to be taken "in the shade". He recommends a homemade cardboard sheild to do that.

    You could monitor the air temps every once in awhile.
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    Do you have any idea why he is just staying on the cool side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbollard View Post
    I just got my gecko 2 days ago and noticed he is always in the cool hide and my cool side is about 78 and warm side is 90-93 so i kno my tempetures are correct im just wondering if its normal for leopard gecko to stay in the cool hide most of the time? or is he still stressed and scared and just afraid to move because he still hasnt ate yet?
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    Do you have any idea why he is just staying on the cool side?
    The only thing I can think of right now is that perhaps your warm end temps are too warm for him. Try lowering them a couple degrees to 88-90 F. Let us know if that helps.

    How are you managing calcium and vitamins?
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    With little bowl of calcium in the tank and he still hasn't eaten yet so

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    Leos are very greedy and normally eat right away if everything is set up properly, however I know there are exceptions. I'm going to post this here just so that you have ideas if it occurs in the future. What you can try is switching the hides, the exo-terra is more secure and may be the reason. If he's not utilizing the heat, chances are he may not eat. If that does not work, lower the temp as suggested by Elizabeth and you may want to cover the sides of the glass so that he will feel more secure.

    Improper temps-air temps too hot or too cold
    Improper humidity-too dry is most common
    Stress -too much handling- lack of hides or not enough-cage mate bullying, cage too small, ect
    Repetitious Diet- variety is important
    Spoiled food-upset stomach or simply a bad experience common with superworms
    Food offered at the wrong time of day-lights on
    Wrong size prey- too big or too small
    Improper photoperiod
    Prey not recognized- leo needs moving prey to elicit feeding response
    Malfunctioning heating equipment- goes unnoticed- should be checked daily
    UTH is too warm-unregulated- gecko avoids the warm spot, therefore will not eat
    Most common of all Cheap thermometers= false temp readings
    Too much calcium causing constipation and/or loss of appetite

    Parasites
    Infection
    Metabolic- calcium or vitamin deficiency
    Impaction
    Dehydration
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!
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