Florida gecko

Birby

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That's great news! Please make sure to put some more fake plants and a toilet paper roll or something in there for her to hide in.

i got her a 20 gal but then my mom got mad so we're getting a 10 gal now. im gonna put a glass lid on it so she can squiggle through mesh holes anymore and im gonna put a water dish, the air plant and a toilet paper roll in with her.
 

GeckoLeen

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Do you have some kind of ventilation, though? A glass lid, if the sidewalls are glass, won't allow her to breathe, or allow for air flow...

Are you misting her as well?
 

Elizabeth Freer

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i got her a 20 gal but then my mom got mad so we're getting a 10 gal now. im gonna put a glass lid on it so she can squiggle through mesh holes anymore and im gonna put a water dish, the air plant and a toilet paper roll in with her.
The mesh we're speaking of is very fine -- like the mesh on a screen door. Mocha won't escape through that.

Zoo Med, Zilla, and Flukers currently manufacture fine mesh screen lids.
 

Birby

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The mesh we're speaking of is very fine -- like the mesh on a screen door. Mocha won't escape through that.

Zoo Med, Zilla, and Flukers currently manufacture fine mesh screen lids.

i just got home and got the 10 gal like my mom wanted and my dad has just come home and hes refusing to let me use it. he says that its a waste to give mocha all that space and we should just use the like 3/5 gal we have in the garage.

the only lid i have is a new glass lid for the 10 gal. i dont have a mesh one and there arent any glass lids small enough for the small aquarium. and im not allowed to order anything online.
 

GeckoLeen

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You really need to try to find a place that will take Mocha and give her the space and care that she needs. You are doing your best, but your parents (through no fault of their own) maybe don't know that much about reptiles, and probably would really rather not know. Some people just don't, and that's OK.

You can take the glass lid off a couple of times a day just for a few seconds, to get fresh air in there, but keeping it on continuously will not let her get fresh air, and there is always the chance of another escape that way. Plus, it will be hard to clean the cage or feed her without letting her escape.

Can you tell us what city you live in? Maybe we can help you find a place that would take her.
 
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acpart

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You could consider showing your parents this thread in the forum. Most of us responding here are adults with many years of experience in keeping reptiles. Many of us have children (and in some cases grandchildren) of our own. We are happy to answer any questions your parents may have.

Aliza
 

Elizabeth Freer

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i just got home and got the 10 gal like my mom wanted and my dad has just come home and hes refusing to let me use it. he says that its a waste to give mocha all that space and we should just use the like 3/5 gal we have in the garage.

the only lid i have is a new glass lid for the 10 gal. i dont have a mesh one and there arent any glass lids small enough for the small aquarium. and im not allowed to order anything online.

Please let your dad know that your 10 gallon will be perfect for Mocha! Imagine all the space even a small gecko has in the wild. We're suggesting a good environment for Mocha.

Several posters on Mocha's tread have literally decades of gecko experience. We are in the "business" of doing things right for geckos. You can't beat $10 for a 10-gallon at the Petco sale!!!

Fine mesh lids seemed to be "going out of production", so I stocked up on 5.5 gallon and 10 gallon fine mesh lids. Now some are back in production.

Researching and caring for Mocha is a wonderful hands-on experience for you!
 

GeckoLeen

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I guess I didn't really mean to be such a downer in my post about rehoming. I too, think it's a great experience for a kid to care for a pet! All of us being animal lovers, I'm sure that most started out when we were young with caring for a bug or a bunny, a snake or a mouse, that we found somewhere (or "it found us"). It's a great way to foster an interest and love of animals of all kinds, and Birby, I really think you are doing great. I'm glad that your parents are at least letting you try with Mocha. You are learning a lot just by being on this forum. (I have too! And I'm 64 years old!) So keep learning, take the best care you can of Mocha, and I hope that it turns out to be a very positive experience, for you, and for your parents!
 

Birby

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Please let your dad know that your 10 gallon will be perfect for Mocha! Imagine all the space even a small gecko has in the wild. We're suggesting a good environment for Mocha.

Several posters on Mocha's tread have literally decades of gecko experience. We are in the "business" of doing things right for geckos. You can't beat $10 for a 10-gallon at the Petco sale!!!

Fine mesh lids seemed to be "going out of production", so I stocked up on 5.5 gallon and 10 gallon fine mesh lids. Now some are back in production.

Researching and caring for Mocha is a wonderful hands-on experience for you!

thank you my mom came in my room last night and we talked and she said i can keep the 10 gal but mocha is completely my responsibility. im gonna put her in the 10 gal today with the paper towels in the bottom

my dad doesnt really believe any of the stuff he reads online

i really dont wanna give mocha up because i really really love her
 

Elizabeth Freer

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Here's a hide you can make Mocha from a margarine tub or a Cool Whip tub. Any translucent, food-safe, tub will work. Place damp paper towels in the base to increase the humidity.

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Birby

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Here's a hide you can make Mocha from a margarine tub or a Cool Whip tub. Any translucent, food-safe, tub will work. Place damp paper towels in the base to increase the humidity.

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what about tupperwares? i have those. also the glass lid when i put it on the tank there is a hole but i covered it with plastic wrap and taped it down but when i did that it made the other side of the lid rise up and i dont know how to make it work because i've been worried about her escaping again so i havent put her in the 10 gal yet20180814_230323.jpg20180814_230323.jpg
 

Elizabeth Freer

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what about tupperwares? i have those. also the glass lid when i put it on the tank there is a hole but i covered it with plastic wrap and taped it down but when i did that it made the other side of the lid rise up and i dont know how to make it work because i've been worried about her escaping again so i havent put her in the 10 gal yetView attachment 45780View attachment 45779

Tupperwares work as moist hides too.

Where is the hole/gap in the lid? Is it a "slit" in the fitting along the edge? Please take a picture. The glass without the tape should fit snugly all around.

Make sure the lid is level all around before you tape down the end. Otherwise the tape could be holding down that section of the lid and causing the other end to rise up.
 
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Birby

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Tupperwares work as moist hides too.

Where is the hole/gap in the lid? Is it a "slit" in the fitting along the edge? Please take a picture. The glass without the tape should fit snugly all around.

Make sure the lid is level all around before you tape down the end. Otherwise the tape could be holding down that section of the lid and causing the other end to rise up.

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can you see the other side in this? the big hole is in the other pics the plastic wrap is covering it. the glass on its own doesnt reach the other side of the cage so thats why it needs the plastic add on but the plastic doesnt cover the whole side of the glass

the lid is level at least it looks and feels that way without the tape
 

Elizabeth Freer

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can you see the other side in this? the big hole is in the other pics the plastic wrap is covering it. the glass on its own doesnt reach the other side of the cage so thats why it needs the plastic add on but the plastic doesnt cover the whole side of the glass

the lid is level at least it looks and feels that way without the tape

I'm sorry. I can't see the hole. :scratchhead:

Is this "hole" in the glass or on the black plastic rim the glass lid sits upon? What size is it?
  • penny
  • dime
  • nickel
  • quarter
  • bigger than a quarter?
The glass lid should be supported all around by the black plastic rim of the 10 gallon aquarium.

Right now cover the hole with a lightweight cloth. That will permit air to reach your gecko.
 
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GeckoLeen

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Are you meaning the slotted space in the lid, where wiring might go if someone were to use a thermometer probe?
 

Birby

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Are you meaning the slotted space in the lid, where wiring might go if someone were to use a thermometer probe?

i think so? but its okay i fixed it. i just put the plastic wrap inside the lid instead of over it. so mocha went in her new home last night
 

GeckoLeen

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Do you have more hiding places in the tank? You can use fake plants. Walmart has cheap ones in their craft department. Mocha needs hiding places, and things to climb.
 
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