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Thread: Impaction or starved?
08-31-2013, 06:13 PM #1
Impaction or starved?
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08-31-2013, 07:46 PM #2
Hello and welcome to GU
A leopard gecko needs belly heat to digest its food, are you using a heat mat controlled by a thermostat?
Are you matching these temperatures when taken with a good quality digital thermometer, one with a probe should be used for surface temperature.
Warm Side Surace Temp: 88-95
Warm Side Air Temp (4inches above substrate): 80-85
Cool Side Air Temp (4inches above substrate): 70-75
What size of enclosure are you providing? Please attach photos of your gecko, it's belly and it's cage.
When you have a moment you may want to check out Elizabeth's Leopard Gecko Care Sheet
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09-08-2013, 03:48 PM #3
Thanks for the reply. And apologies for my late response.
The day after I posted my concern about my new rescue Leo not pooping, he pooped. He has pooped consistently every 2-3 days since then. The poops are firm but not hard. I think he was dehydrated from not being fed for an unknown time. The leo is in his original 10-gal tank. I have a heating pad at one end at 93 deg. He is in a warm humid room with an iguana, and I have provided a moist hide on the cool end of his tank. I've checked out Elizabeth's care sheet. The Leo is 8 years old so he must be a hardy individual, but I think he's a little on the thin side. Since I took these photos last week, he's filled out a little. I did soak him for 5 minutes for three days, so he probably rehydrated. He rests comfortably during the day and can be handled, so I don't think he's in stress.
09-08-2013, 05:31 PM #4
Also the gecko changed his poop corner to another one. I placed a stack of paper towels on his old poop corner, thinking he would continue to go there, but he liked laying on the paper towels (he had been on bark substrate). So he changed his poop corner to another corner just outside his warm hide.
09-09-2013, 07:08 AM #5
I would discontinue the soaking in mineral oil.
09-09-2013, 12:14 PM #6
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Would recommend moving him to something a little larger (preferably a 20 gallon long) as 10 gallon tanks are a little too small for an adult leopard gecko.