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    Hello! Newbies here... my 7 yo son is crazy for reptiles... So we have a new young (3 mo?) leopard gecko since Saturday. It has not come out of this hide for 24 hours... We have seen him in this upper part, sometimes just seeing the tip of it's tail...but now we can't see anything.. First few days it had come out around dawn and dusk...but not in the last day. Worried it could be stuck? Any thoughts? It's not interested in food (mealworm, small dubia) so far... so can't coax it out with food. Not sure if it's too steep for it to feel safe to come down so we are trying to turn it upside down... We thought about making it cold (ice around top?) to convince it to come out of there but don't want to hurt it. My son is super worried. If it comes out we know now to stuff paper towels up there so it can't get stuck again. Thanks in advance for your help!

    This photo was taken earlier with it's little head peeking up... but the arrow is pointing to where it is now
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    I imagine this is scary for your son and for the gecko. I would give it another day or two to come out on its own. After that, you could try to put a little mineral or olive oil in there to see if it gets slippery enough for it to come out. Probably the last resort would be to gently cut (you'll have to do a little research about what tool to use) below where the gecko is.

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    My adult leo seems to have the exact same ceramic "log" hide. When I explore this hide with a long fingernail file, any potential accesses to the very top right "seem" to be blocked off.

    Anyways, you say that's where he's hiding. Make certain his enclosure is in as quiet a location as possible.

    IF your warm end ground temperatures are about 88*F, try turning this log hide upside down. Then place the hide on the warm end of your leo's enclosure. Wait for about 12 hours. If there is no progress, try gently misting a lower section of the hide and wait again.

    By all means research Aliza's idea of cutting him out. Perhaps if you dropped the hide on a cement floor it would break into helpful pieces? If so, be prepped to catch him!
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    Thank you so much! Yes we were quite worried... Update... it finally came out with some coaxing...phew!! We've stuff a paper towel up there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckspot View Post
    Thank you so much! Yes we were quite worried... Update... it finally came out with some coaxing...phew!! We've stuff a paper towel up there now.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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