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    Currently my female leo, Nin, hasn't pooped in quite awhile. There was urate only the other day, but besides that for about TWO WEEKS it's been nothing! At first (about a week), being a new reptile owner, I thought this was normal until I was told otherwise. I posted here and was told warm baths, rubbing her belly, a drop of olive oil, moving her moist hide to the warm side (which she now refuses to go in), and a small amount of pedialyte in her water may help. Over the week I've tried all these things, and nadda (besides the one urate which was after an olive oil cricket, that she promptly spit back out).
    I have her in a 20 gal tank, and I use a 7 watt small zoo med UTH, a blue light, and reptile carpet. The floor temps are 21c on the cool side, 35c (sometimes a little over) and 27-30c in the middle. I just use one of the plastic strip thermometers and place it on the floor of her tank. I'm beginning to think, after reading some of these threads, maybe Nin just prefers or is used to higher temps.
    I've seen everyone mention thermostats on their UTH or tanks in general, where can i find one like that?
    I'm also considering switching her blue light for a CHE, but I'd like to know what wattage others use for that as well? (I dont wana end up cooking her!)
    and lastly, does anyone suggest tile for belly heat rather than carpet? it seems like it would conduct better, but it's also thicker so I can't be sure.

    I need to wait until pay day Friday, and if she still hasn't gone she's going to the vet. I've just heard this can stress them out really badly. Any travel tips while we're at it? It's FREEZING in Michigan so I have no idea how I should transport her to and from without her getting wayy too cold!

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    I always recommend tile for a substrate, it's easy to clean, cheap and holds heat really well. Been using tile for years.
    I use both a UTH and CHE and they both are on their own thermostats. The ones I use are the Zoomed brand and I've never had any problems over the years. Maybe other's can chime in with the kinds they use.
    In regards to the poop problem... I don't think it's a problem just yet. Leo's tend to slow down their food consumption in the winter and therefore have less poo. I know all of my geckos seem to be a little sluggish. I have one older female garg that has barely eaten in the last two months. As long as your little one's weight stays the same or she only looses a few grams, I don't think you have too much to worry over.
    Perhaps if you post a picture of her and her enclosure we can see if there are any other issues that would cause her to go off feed other than weather related.
    I should also suggest that you raise your warm end temperatures. The temperature on the floor above the UTH should be at about 92F and air temps should be mid 80's on the warm side. This could be affecting her feeding and digestion if her temperature is not warm enough.
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    That's another strange part to the 'constipation', her appetite hasnt decreased at all. she still eats anything i put in the tank, besides the oily cricket. but thank you! the longer i'm here the less worried i get (:
    What watt CHE do you use and where did you buy your thermostats? is it attached to the UTH and CHE or is it a separate device that plugs into them?
    The Sumerian word NIN, was used to denote a powerful female, queen, or priestess and is often translated to 'Lady'.

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    I believe it's a 60 watt CHE. I can double check when I get home.
    I bought my ZooMed thermostats from my local Petsmart. They are a separate device. I have the CHE plugged into one thermostat which is plugged into the wall. My CHE is set to keep my warm side air temps at a steady 87F.
    I have my UTH plugged into a separate thermostat that is then also plugged into the wall. I have the thermostat set to 92F. That is the temperature on top of my tile in my warm side hide.
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