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    Two nights ago my daughter's gecko escaped from his tank. We didn't think he was big enough but apparently he was tall enough to go up and over the mountain...

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    We've been looking everywhere for him in the house. We've even placed multiple dishes with worms and water all over the house being monitored by Arlo wireless cameras but to no avail. The first night, one of the camera microphones picked up a noise like something getting dropped multiple times over a half hour period, but nothing last night.

    He's a voracious eater and head to tail he's about 7-8 inches long. You wouldn't think a gecko that big can hide that well but clearly he can... Any tips on places to look for him? I have an endoscope camera showing up tonight to look in places like under the fridge - what are the kind of places an escaped gecko would want to hide?

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    Jerry

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    Leos love private DARK corners. Have a screen top ready to prevent this from happening again.

    I hope you guys find him.
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    Baiting it with food isn’t likely to work.
    Try placing damp towels along walls and in corners. The gecko is likely to seek moisture, and hide under a towel when it encounters one on its nightly travels.
    I also would suggest a lid for the enclosure.
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    Just to wrap up this story... The next evening, we heard scratching noises coming from under the floor. We have HVAC ducts that run under the floor rather than in the ceiling. I opened up the closest vent, look in, and I see this pair of eyes staring back at me. I reached down to grab him but he's faster and ran back into the duct.

    So I put one dish with water and one dish full of mealworms into the vent opening along with a motion triggered Arlo camera. 45 minutes later the little guy comes back. He was so thirsty - must have lapped up water with his tongue at least 30 times when he usually does one or two. This time I was prepared and enticed him into walking into a tall mug with worms at the end and was able to life him out of there...

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    As soon as we put him back into his tank, he ran over to the corner where he had escaped and just looked up. For days after that, his favorite spot was that corner in the tank and he'd just press himself against the glass. I feel that he's a lot more intelligent than I had given him credit for!

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    What a rescue, Jerry! for you!!!

    I love stories with happy endings. Thanks for the photos.

    How long was Toothless MIA?

    Does Toothless' enclosure have a screen top now?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Hello! This is Liz on my dad's account. Thank you for all your advice, it truly helped a lot.

    Toothless was lost for 3 days and 2 nights. And yes, I am very vigilant in putting the screen top on at night.

    Toothless seems to have fully recovered from his adventure now and is as plump and active as ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryL View Post
    Hello! This is Liz on my dad's account. Thank you for all your advice, it truly helped a lot.

    Toothless was lost for 3 days and 2 nights. And yes, I am very vigilant in putting the screen top on at night.

    Toothless seems to have fully recovered from his adventure now and is as plump and active as ever.
    You're very welcome, Liz! I hope Toothless stays put and doesn't attempt any further adventures night or day.

    Have you figured out how Toothless gained access to your HVAC tunnels in the first place?


    Liz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    What a rescue, Jerry! for you!!!

    I love stories with happy endings. Thanks for the photos.

    How long was Toothless MIA?

    Does Toothless' enclosure have a screen top now?
    We put a container for catching bugs in his tank and it turns out that he likes to go inside and stay there. It also seems like he's really curious about the world, so Liz would take him around the house with her in the container. He has been watching the Olympics with us the last few nights.

    I'm likely anthropomorphizing him, but the way he behaves is eerily human at times...

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    Hello this is Liz again!

    We think Toothless jumped out of his tank (which was at least a solid 3 feet off the ground) then wandered around the walls until he came across the vent in my room, then slipped at least another foot and half down the vent.

    It took 3 days for us to find him because I was absolutely certain he couldn't get down there. While I was aware that leopard geckos could squeeze themselves into tight spaces, Toothless wasn't exactly a skinny leopard gecko and the vent spaces looked too small to even fit his head, never mind his whole body! On a separate note, I am even a little concerned at how big he is growing both in length and width!

    But he managed to slip down there. Once he was down there, we think he wandered the ducts under our house until he came up across the vent in our living room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryL View Post
    Hello this is Liz again!

    We think Toothless jumped out of his tank (which was at least a solid 3 feet off the ground) then wandered around the walls until he came across the vent in my room, then slipped at least another foot and half down the vent.

    It took 3 days for us to find him because I was absolutely certain he couldn't get down there. While I was aware that leopard geckos could squeeze themselves into tight spaces, Toothless wasn't exactly a skinny leopard gecko and the vent spaces looked too small to even fit his head, never mind his whole body! On a separate note, I am even a little concerned at how big he is growing both in length and width!

    But he managed to slip down there. Once he was down there, we think he wandered the ducts under our house until he came up across the vent in our living room!
    Thanks so much for sharing these details, Liz.
    Both you guys ARE doing an AWESOME job with Toothless.

    Thanks for adding Stripey temporarily to your care. Do the best you can for him too, please.
    "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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