New Pictus not eating


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Hello, I am new here to geckos unlimited.
I have purchased a Pictus gecko on Saturday and he is not eating anything since coming home.
He seemed large, healthy and fast when we tried to look at him. I do live in a basement apartment so its cooler. I purchased a 100 watt red light which seems to be working as well as heating pad underneath.
Is there something anyone can help me with to get everything perfect for him.
Attached are photo of him and his tank. I took out the brush to track crickets eaten better.
Thank you in advanced


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Give him a few days to adjust to his new suroundings, it's not unusual that they don't eat for a little while after a move.
Make sure to not overkill with the heat though, we have kept ours with great succes at room temp with a serious temperature drop at night.
I would also put back some more foliage and climbing possibilities in the enclosure.., it will help him feel more secure and adjust to his new home much faster.

Nice animal , looks very healthy. :)


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Thank you so much Tamara for your knowledge.
The temperatures are usually its between 17-21 degrees depending on if the air conditioning is on or not. I closed all vents since i am in the basement and do not need it cold.

Right now the cage is around 28 during the day max of 31 celsius which online says thats good for day time temperatures. During the night its drops to 20-22 degrees celsius.

Do you think I am using to much substrate for heating pad to go through to heat his belly.

Thank you for you time.


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I agree with Tamara.
I would only use one heating element. I keep an overhead lamp on during the day to reach low-mid 80's (F) and then turn it off at night to reach low 70's (F).
I too would suggest a little more foliage and things to climb/explore. These guys get very active at dusk and dawn. At least my pair run around like crazy. :)
I just use a layer of substrate about an inch thick and have lots of moss in a humid hide as well. I mist lightly in the morning and heavily again at night.
A common miss conception is that this species are like leopard geckos in their care but they actually require a decent amount of humidity. They are a ground dwelling gecko from the forests of Madagascar.
It may take a few weeks for your new little one to settle in and eat for you.
It looks like a healthy little bean!


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Just an update on the gecko he is eating one cricket every other night.
Tonight I found him out of cave and in folage and looks like ready to eat.
I forgot a big momma cricket i guess i missed removing her and i noticed little things moving around.
So now i have baby crickets everywhere. Not sure what to do with them but leave them in?