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    Unhappy Leo suddenly not liking me anymore.


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    Hi, I've had my gecko for about 3 years. Over the past 3 months or so, he has suddenly gotten very afraid of my hand now. His temperature is perfect, his hides and tank are always clean, etc. I used to be able to pick him up with ease, but he was never really "social" and didn't like coming out, but now he scurries away from me at full speed.

    He doesn't hiss, scream or bite at me. He never has; He's really unhappy to be around me now. What's going on? I don't want to have a gecko that's terrified of me- I don't know what to do.

    As I said, he's about 4 years old. I've had him for 3 years. I don't know if it's too late to save my reputation with him.

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    Usually they become scared of you if you've done something to make them feel insecure, like picking up a hide while they were in there. Have you done anything different with the way you've interacted with him?
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    I've only picked up one of hides once, because of a roach getting inside for fear of the roach going after him and possibly causing damage. That was a long time ago. I'm simply letting him sleep for now, and hoping tomorrow he'll recognize my still hand as a non-threat.

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    Just place your hand inside his tank and let him come to you. Don't try to make any sudden movements and just keep doing that for a few minutes each day. Also when you clean up poop, mist the moist hide etc., use slow gentle movements. Eventually he will come back around.
    @Zux usually has some great tips for skittish leo's. Maybe he will pop back on sometime tonight and can give some advice.
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    Hi ~

    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    I realize you mention your temperatures are "perfect". There's a big range of recommended temps out there on the internet. How are you measuring them and where?

    It's best if you use a digital thermometer with a probe. Zoo Med makes a yellow one that costs ~$10.

    The ground temperatures under the warm dry hide should range 88-92ish *F. The cool end should be in the mid to low 70s.

    Please share a photo of your vivarium so we can help better.
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    OK this might sound crazy... but have you changed any fragrances that you might use? Say, you switched scents on your hand soaps or bath wash? Or perhaps had just handled something particularly smelly? I know when my hand soap changed for the first time, my Leos thought I was a different person for a bit. After they figured out my hand was still mine and not someone new, things went back to normal.

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