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    so, i recently got an unsexed leopard gecko (tuesday, march 15) who i believe is only a few months old. it is very small, and when i got it it's tail was quite thin. since i've been feeding it, the tail has gotten fatter.

    i've noticed that it's legs shake slightly when it walks, but never anytime else. otherwise i've never seen any other concerning behavior. it has been eating about 4 crickets a night. i've seen it drink from it's water bowl once or twice as well. i've also noticed that while it is more active at night (as it should be) it still likes to lounge around and i often find it has hardly moved in the morning. the spot it lays in is it's favorite spot in the tank but i'm not sure if it's moving at night or laying there the whole time.

    so i guess my questions are:
    - i'm correct in saying that it's tail getting bigger is a good thing, right?

    - are it's legs shaking (very slightly) when it walks a sign of some sort of disease or condition? or is it normal?

    - is 4 dusted crickets every night a sufficient amount of food for it? i can always feed more or less.

    - should i assume that since it knows where it's water bowl is that it actively drinks from there/will drink from it if it needs to? how can i tell if it's been drinking?

    - it's tank ranges from 41-43% humidity wise. is that enough to give it respiratory problems? i've read that too much humidity can, but it is hardly over so i'm not completely sure.

    - is it normal for a leopard gecko to lounge around even at night? it's far more active at night, but still lays around.

    i apologize if any of this is in the wrong section! i'm a new user so i'm not completely sure how this works. i believe i'm in the right forum, but correct me if i'm wrong. also, my gecko does not have a name yet, though i'm considering naming it fig.

    i'm willing to provide pictures or videos should anyone need it.

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    -Shaky legs could be a early sign of MBD, would need a video of it walking.

    -Depending on the size crickets and guesstimate on age, it should be eating more than 4 but since you just got it a few days ago, it may not eat anymore than that for right now until it settles in.

    -What are the temperatures on the floor?

    -The general guideline for tank humidity is 30-40% but if your relative humidity in your house is slightly higher, it will not cause too many problems.

    -Leopard geckos rarely drink from a water bowl and when they do it's typically in the dead of night when you're sleeping. Having a moist hide helps with hydration and shedding.

    -Leopard geckos are very chill reptiles, some are more active than others but I would not worry too much.

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    https://youtu.be/pO1VbbJi2Kw
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    thank you for your response!

    - i got two videos, though they aren't too long. if it does turn out to be early signs, is there any way to prevent it from continuing to develop? or would it be too late when it first shows signs? i've looked up other signs, and it isn't showing any of them. they seem generally healthy besides the walking thing.

    - i'll try to feed it more tonight and see what it does, if it eats more then i'll stick with that.

    - the temperatures of the tank itself range around 74-78 on the cool side and 79-84 on the warm side. i read that those were appropriate temperatures, and i asked a few people from the store i bought it from what a good range would be. if this is not safe, i can certainly change it. i'm basing off of the research i did, so theres always a possibility of it being wrong.

    once again thank you for answering my questions and i hope to get all of this completely sorted out. i just want my gecko to be happy & healthy. i'm new to owning reptiles so i suppose i get worrisome quite easily.
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    I can't comment on the MBD possibility but based on your last post, the warm side temperatures should be a fair amount higher. I would aim for 88-92 degrees floor temperature on the warm side. Using a thermostat will help with maintaining the range.

    As for yours not moving much, I have two and one is EXTREMELY active while the other just stays in his hides most of the time. As long as they are eating and staying hydrated they will move around as much as they feel like. Kinda like us humans where some are very active and others are couch potatoes

    I also would not dust every insect at every feeding. Too much calcium can be just as bad as not enough. Proper amount to dust and how often depends on a lot of things though. Size of the Leo, size of the cricket, brand of calcium/multivitamin, how heavily dusted the crickets are, etc...
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    Floor temperatures need to be between 88-92* on the hot side. The cool side temperatures are fine.

    Based on the videos, it does not look to be MBD. Sometimes their legs will shake or twitch when they walk and I have no idea why. Are you dusting with Calcium with D3 and a multivitamin?
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    @CWilson13 thank you so much for your reply! i appreciate your input, and i'll make sure not to dust the crickets every time!
    @JessJohnson87 alright, thank you. i'll make sure to raise the temp a little! i'm dusting the crickets with a calcium + D3 powder, i had no idea about a multivitamin. are there any reccomended brands?
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    Zoo Med's Reptivite without D3. I personally use Repashy Calcium Plus, it's an all in one supplement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fan. View Post
    @CWilson13 thank you so much for your reply! i appreciate your input, and i'll make sure not to dust the crickets every time!
    @JessJohnson87 alright, thank you. i'll make sure to raise the temp a little! i'm dusting the crickets with a calcium + D3 powder, i had no idea about a multivitamin. are there any reccomended brands?
    88-92*F floor temp as measured by the probe of a digital thermometer underneath the warm dry hide is good.

    Here's the thermostat many of us use.
    Click: Amazon.com : Jump Start MTPRTC, Digital ETL-Certified Heat Mat Thermostat for Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing : Plant Germination Heating Mats : Patio, Lawn & Garden

    Which brand of calcium with D3 have you? They are all different.

    I like and use Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 and Zoo Med's plain (no D3) Reptivite multivitamins.
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    i use the zoo med repti calcium with D3. thank you for the reccomendation of that thermometer!

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