My First Leopard Gecko

  1. CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    I got my first leopard gecko after researching for awhile. He is one years old and a common leopard gecko morph. I got him from online where someone wasn't caring for him anymore.
    I payed $80 for him and his house with everything in it. He lived in a 20 gallon long with no under tank heater and in aspen bedding. I im hoping to change it to some eco earth later when he gets comfortable. He also will be getting a proper MOIST hide. He is very friendly and I have already held him. Any name ideas? And tips?
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  2. Fanatic

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    Adorable! I do have some questions though.

    What is your heat source? Do you have a daylight source?
    What’s the temperature? I recommend a temperature of 95 maximum at the hot end (daytime) and a temperature of 85 at the cool end. (daytime)
    You should keep a flat stone underneath the heat source so he can receive his belly heat in order to digest his food.

    There should be three hides, so that moist hide will be appreciated. I keep wet washcloths in the moist hide, and dampen them every day. You can also spray the hide with a mister.

    I keep my gecko on PlaySand, and a bathroom tile floor right beneath the heating source.
     
  3. emmysjj

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    Banana :p
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    His heat source is a under tank heat mat on his warm side of the tank. I have the light on right now in the room and will be setting up the uvb bulb hopefully today.
    I gotta check the temperature when i get home but he is already active. Will a Hide just work for the heat map? Or do I need a stone....? ( I have many flat stones from my fish tanks)
    Thanks for checking in.
    Edit: Oops! Yeah im panning to get my third hide in when i re do his whole tank. I bought a $32 moist hide and I will put some paper towels in there and spray down daily. I might re do his tank today if he is comfortable. He was super friendly when I got him yesterday and held him.
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    Lol maybe.
     
  6. Fanatic

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    Okay, sounds good.
    I would put a flat stone if you are using a heating bulb.
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    Im useing both, Under heat mat on warm side and a light for day time in the middle.
     
  8. midna

    midna Well Known Member Member

    i love him... what about George
     
  9. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    If the UTH reaches 93, you’ll be fine with letting him warm up on that for belly heat. I don’t have a heater underneath, so I use tile which heats up to give her the heat.
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  10. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Well Known Member Member

    I'm glad you're getting UVB. There seems to be this misconception that just because they're nocturnal, they don't need it. In reality and in the wild, they come out for short periods of time to bask before going back to sleep. Every. Single. Reptile. Needs. It. Some need more of it, like Bearded Dragons, but they all need some.
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    Update: The cool side went from 72f to 80f when i got home, I will get the warm side up soon. We are having 30c weather so its super hot this week. ( thats like 86f?)
     
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    You need to aim for 95F on the hot side, but I recommend a tummy temperature of 92.
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    yep! Just got it all installed today! I have the heat mat and everything
     
  14. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    I don’t have any really good advice, but I heard they like to eat crickets and mealworms.

    Also, how about Solstice?
     
  15. AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    I thought you had a tortoise for a moment lol
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    Awesome name! I im feeding crickets and mealworms to him and hoping to get some more worms as treats! Such as bigger mealworms, wax worms and super worms
     
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    CanadianFishFan

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    Lol! Many thought that.
     
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    CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    Another Update! Today I setup a proper tank and cleaned it well, I know have a proper moist hide and heat mat. It is a 20gallon long but im saveing up some money for like a 40 gallon breeder.
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    I think it looks really good!
    Leopard Geckos can eat crickets, mealworms, dubia roaches, calci worms, isopods, juvenile hornworms, and superworms.