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    Default I'm building an environment for my leopard gecko. I need some help


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    I've never owned a gecko and have only seen one at a house I was staying at. I therefore have some basic questions.
    I have built for the gecko I will purchase hides made out of stone tile. I would like everything in the environment to be set up before I introduce my gecko. The hides have an arched doorway that is and inch and a half wide and 2 inches high. Would an adult gecko be able to fit through such an opening with ease?
    Also, I built a king of second level balcony made of tile. I have a heating pad under the tank, but the balcony is high of the floor of the tank. Is the some means I can use to higher the temperature of the balcony?
    Third, can an adult gecko fit through a circular hole with a 1.5 inch diameter (this is different from the hole mentioned above)?

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    Can you post pictures? That would really help us visualize what you've got started so far.
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    I see you have found the Leopard Gecko Forum like I suggested in your blog?

    Typically tight fitting hides are best. The first hide (One and a half inch by 2inches) should be enough space for an adult leo to squeeze herself into. Is the inside of the hide bigger?

    The second hide you mentioned might work. I make custom hides and like to give at least a 2inch diameter, or 2inches by 2inches opening. Then I make the the actual inside of the hide about half an inch bigger.

    Are you using a thermostat with your heat mat? This is a must

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    The picture shows the setup that I built so far. The three little houses are the three hides. You can see an arched doorway cut into all of them. These cut outs measure 1.5 inches wide and about 2 inches high. These are the holes I was unsure of.
    You can see steps going up to the top of the wet hide as I hope the gecko will appreciate the extra space on top of the hides (not that the gecko specifically needs steps to as a means to get up, but I thought it would go well with the theme.
    There is another walkway above the roofs of the hides. I plan on making a hole in the floor of that walkway with steps leading down to the roofs of the hides as a means for the gecko to get to the top. I have a drill bit that would drill a hole with a diameter of 1.5" and this is what I was asking about their ability to squeeze through such a sized hole. Unfortunately, the home depot I went to did not have a drill bit that would make a larger hole in stone tile.
    Anyway, if the gecko would use the top walkway (I am not certain of their interest in this) I am concerned that it would not be warm enough for it to be used regularly. Therefore, I was interested to know if there is a means to make a temperature gradient on the top walkway.
    Any comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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    Here is one more issue I would like for someone to address. The dimensions of the hot and cold hide is 4 inches by 3.25 inches. Is that big enough?
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    Looks nice! A gecko will definitely appreciate it. While the bottom will be heated by your UTH, I see your concern for the top being cool. This is where you could use a low wattage heat bulb on top of your screen top. It will warm the air as geckos need warm air as well. I will attach the care sheet for you to read, it has a lot of good advice and show you how to properly take care of your soon to be new friend.

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    Also, which hide will be your humid hide? A commercially made, store bought humid hide might work better as it has a bottom to keep your moist substrate in as well as a small entrance and insulating walls to keep it moist. You will want to put this over the heating pad so it gets warm. Some I could suggest looking up would be the gecko cave and 3 in 1 reptishelter.
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    Thanks for your reply and information. I do not have a thermostat yet, but I sure will before I purchase a gecko. Do you have any ideas or comments about making a temperature gradient in the walkway?

    p.s. Nice quote. Just wondering if that is based on a theory or philosophy that you study, and if yes, which?

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    Thank you.
    I will read the caresheet.

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    You could also use a ceramic heat emitter to heat up the top level at night when your gecko will be more active without adding light.
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    The moist hide will be the wide one that has the steps going up next to it. your concerns are correct I think. I would prefer still using that hide and I will make adjustments to it so that it will be better suited such as having a fitted bottom and lining the inside walls and ceiling with fish tank caulking as a means of holding in the humidity.
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    Here is one more issue I would like for someone to address. The dimensions of the hot and cold hide is 4 inches by 3.25 inches. Is that big enough?

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