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    My gecko does not want to drink. I always provide a shallow water bowl in the viviarium but I never even once see her drink. I put some wet foam in the hide but she does not favour it. Help?

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    Hold on, before we can do anything, what kind of gecko is this? Some gecko types don't prefer bowls but rather like it when you spray the sides of tanks and drink the mist droplets, but we cannot tell you a definite answer till we know what gecko
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    1.2.0 Veiltailed Betta fish
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    I do not provide any water dishes for my geckos. I just spray the warm side of their enclosures once a day. I have Leopard Geckos and Pictus Geckos. All of them start licking the condensation immediately after spraying.

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    I agree with both the above posts we need to know the type of gecko.

    I do like Russellm does and spray my hides every day so the geckos can get water from there. I have some with water bowls but most don't use it to drink. That is for my Leopard Geckos.

    Crested geckos don't do water dishes at all they only lap the moister on the leaves so you have to spray twice a day.

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    I'm taking care of two rescued Leo baby's and both have stepped in their water dish, dumping it over, so they can lick the small droplet on the other side
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    Most my geckos have water bowls. 24/7 access to sufficient fresh drinking water helps keep geckos "regular" and urates pure white. Water bowls let a gecko "choose" when to drink. Water "helps" kidneys filter impurities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russellm0704 View Post
    I do not provide any water dishes for my geckos. I just spray the warm side of their enclosures once a day. I have Leopard Geckos and Pictus Geckos. All of them start licking the condensation immediately after spraying.
    Hi russellm0704,

    All of them start licking the condensation immediately after spraying
    It is important to provide a water dish at all times so that they do not suffer times of thirst in order to avoid dehydration which is very common in leopard geckos. They may drink a little from their water dish when you are not looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    Hi russellm0704,



    It is important to provide a water dish at all times so that they do not suffer times of thirst in order to avoid dehydration which is very common in leopard geckos. They may drink a little from their water dish when you are not looking.

    I agree that dehydration can be a problem in leopard geckos. I could see how it would be necessary for leo's to have a water dish for bigger breeders that have so many geckos that they can not get to each enclosure once or twice a day. However, since I breed on a very small scale I am able to tend to every single gecko twice a day. This is my 5th season and I have had 0 problems with hydration.

    Now there has been a few times where I went away for a weekend and I did indeed leave water dishes for all my geckos!

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    I also agree it is important to keep them hydrated. But I also agree with Russell as a smaller breeder I can easily check on my guys every day. In my time I haven't had any issues.

    I have seen a lot of breeders that keep water dishes and a lot that don't. I feel it's something ever keeper has to judge on their own. What I mean is when you check the enclosure and you don't see water drops on the side you know they ran out of water at some point so you need to check it more often or add a water dish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warhawk View Post
    I also agree it is important to keep them hydrated. But I also agree with Russell as a smaller breeder I can easily check on my guys every day. In my time I haven't had any issues.

    I have seen a lot of breeders that keep water dishes and a lot that don't. I feel it's something ever keeper has to judge on their own. What I mean is when you check the enclosure and you don't see water drops on the side you know they ran out of water at some point so you need to check it more often or add a water dish.
    Yes things do differ from breeder to breeder. There is never one right way to do things. As far as having no droplets, I do not worry about that. Leo's do not tolerate high humidity so no I do not always keep the enclosures wet. I spray only the warm side because I know it will evaporate quicker. The geckos get what they need. Also remember that these are reptiles and they can go without water for extended periods of time. But I don't want my geckos to be thirsty so they get to drink once a day.

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