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    Hi,
    I just joined the forum to ask some questions about a crocodile gecko I rehomed from the rescue centre a couple of weeks ago.
    I have had lizards before but never a crocodile gecko so it's been a learning curve so far. I have him/her in a 2ft 11 inches viv with a 10% uvb strip bulb and a 100watt basking bulb on a thermostat. The temp is 86 on the floor at one side and 80 on the other and about 95 at the top of the tank. I had sand down as substrate for the first few days but the gecko just hid under the big rock.
    I changed the substrate to orchid bark but kept the sand just at one end, but the gecko still hides most or nearly all of tge time.
    The gecko is eating mealworms from a bowl that they can't escape from and he/she is eating about four every two days. I don't know how old the gecko is and I haven't seen enough of him/her to sex it.
    The gecko is pooing once a day and there are no signs of sand in the poo and I've seen the gecko come out most nights for two mins. He/she comes out and climbs the branches to the other side of the viv, has a poo then climbs back across the branches under the rock. The gecko always poos in the same spot so I know when it's come out but I'm wondering if I can do anything to help get the gecko more confident as it can't be much of a life hiding under a rock all the time.
    I work from home and the gecko is in my bedroom so it's quiet all the time. I watch movies in my bedroom but with headphones on so it only gets minimal disturbance. I thought about taking the rock out of the cage for an hour a day but don't know if that's a good idea. I also haven't misted the viv and don't know how to do it.
    Any help and advice would be great and thanks for your time in reading all this. I've attached a pic of the viv set up and he has two hides at each end of the viv. Many thanks Jonathan

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    Your tank looks terrific! I am not familiar with crocodile geckos, so I am not much help with the sand. I pulled up a care sheet though, and it says they are nocturnal, as are my crestie and gargoyle. I rarely see them move during the day at all; they come out about a half hour after I turn the lights out. They like to hide as well, so I would suggest not removing the rock - that seems to be your gecko's safe place, and if you take away his safe place, it would probably stress him out.

    It can take up to a month for a new gecko to feel at home in his new "apartment", so just give him time; it's really not a matter of him being confident or not, it's where he feels safe, and having a favorite spot to sleep in. He's just being a gecko, and hiding is normal and nothing to worry about.

    Try to get a hygrometer to measure your humidity if you don't have one. Just use a spray mister when you need it (check care sheets for humidity levels for this species).

    Congrats on your new family member! I'd like to see more pics of him!
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    Hi Gecko Leen, thanks for the reply and for the info. I'll give him some more time. I'd love to take a pic but it might take a while as he isn't out for long.
    He is a great looking gecko and definitely one of my favourites compared to others I have seen. I just hope he is happy and I did the right think in rehoming him. Thanks again and I'll keep you updated and thanks for the care sheet.

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