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    Hi everyone Iím new here! My name is Maddy and I just adopted a 3 gram leopard gecko who looks to be a chocolate albino but an albino for sure! Their name is Ozzy! I have ozzy in a 10 gallon and as he gets bigger I will put him in a 20 as of right now Iíve had him for 24 hours and Iíve gotten so many different lighting and heating accoutrements and I donít know which one is the best I have a heat pad and thermostat some people say thatís all they need I have a 60 W daytime heat lamp bulb and a dimmer and they say thatís all you need but he is albino so I am worried about the harsh light what do you think is best for him? Iím really stressing out here Ha ha ha he also still hasnít eaten anything but dipped into his calcium powder that I have left for him when do you think heíll start eating? Thank you guys so much for the help Iím super nervous heís my first leopard gecko I have three crestieĎs and a bearded dragon and apparently my beard is the hardest one but so far this little Leo has taken the cake LOL any information and help is greatly appreciated I also really need help with temps please please please so many mixed information also heat at night to thatís super mixed as well and when should I feed him I promise Iím a good reptile owner heís just my first Leo and I really want to make sure Iím doing everything correctly but thereís so much mixed information out there!

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    Welcome to the Leo keeping world!

    New Geckos can take a while to get acclimated. Especially a younger hatchling / juvenile. One of the most important things with a gecko that small and young is to just let it get acclimated. Try to not handle as much as possible.

    I would put a meal worm dish for them with 5 mealworms there. Just check in the afternoons what is missing, and you can see if theyre eating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panthergecko View Post
    Welcome to the Leo keeping world!

    New Geckos can take a while to get acclimated. Especially a younger hatchling / juvenile. One of the most important things with a gecko that small and young is to just let it get acclimated. Try to not handle as much as possible.

    I would put a meal worm dish for them with 5 mealworms there. Just check in the afternoons what is missing, and you can see if theyre eating.
    Thank you for the response!!! I really appreciate it! Iím most stressed about heating😩 what do you do?

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    UTH with a thermostat to regulate temps
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    It's perfectly fine to set up your young leo Ozzy in a 20 gallon long (30 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches) right now. Then "he'll" be set.

    Floor/ground temperatures underneath Ozzy's warm DRY hide should range between 88-92*F.

    For a 20 long enclosure I highly recommend using an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm to cover 1/2 the floor. Ultratherm heat mats are tops in this industry. They are reusable because they are stuck undernneath the enclosure's floor with tape. An 11 x 17 Ultratherm covers the floor much better than a Zoo Med 8 x 18 inch mat.

    Use this Ultratherm heat mat with a thermostat just like panthergecko recommends.

    Zoo Med heat mats are NOT reusable!

    Ultratherm heat mats can be ordered from these 2 sources:
    1. Reptile Basics: (336-308-5767)
    2. Reptile Supply Company (Lodi, California): 916-226-4089 https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/8-products
      Use e-mail for customer service ---> info@ReptileSupplyCo.com
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    It's perfectly fine to set up your young leo Ozzy in a 20 gallon long (30 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches) right now. Then "he'll" be set.

    For a 20 long enclosure I highly recommend using an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm to cover 1/2 the floor. Ultratherm heat mats are tops in this industry. They are reusable because they are stuck undernneath the enclosure's floor with tape. An 11 x 17 Ultratherm covers the floor much better than a Zoo Med 8 x 18 inch mat.

    Use this Ultratherm heat mat with a thermostat just like panthergecko recommends.

    Zoo Med heat mats are NOT reusable!

    Ultratherm heat mats can be ordered from these 2 sources:
    1. Reptile Basics: (336-308-5767)
    2. Reptile Supply Company (Lodi, California): 916-226-4089 https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/8-products
      Use e-mail for customer service ---> info@ReptileSupplyCo.com
    Reptile Basics is faster from my experience. I would consider ordering from them if you want it sooner! Just my opinion and exp.
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    In my opinion, an under tank heater with a thermostat set to 90F is the best heat. If there's ambient light in the room, there's no need for additional lights and I think too much heating (i.e. under tank plus overhead lights) can dry out the air too much.
    Where did you get your gecko from? When I was breeding geckos, they usually hatched at 3-4 grams and most of the time I didn't sell them until they reached 15 grams. I'm only mentioning this because while your gecko may do fine, 3 grams is (in my opinion) pretty early and hard to assure that the gecko is going to thrive. Please don't get me wrong; I'm not saying your gecko won't do well, it's just a bit early for a breeder to sell it and I'm hoping for the best.

    Aliza

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    Hi Maddy ~

    Please share which powdered supplements you're using for Ozzy. Please list brand, exact name, & frequency of use.
    "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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