Hey /an, I really need some help.
So Im 18 and I just got my first reptile ever.
She is a 2 week old or so Leopard Geko
This is my 10 galon tank with a Heat mat, 2 hides, a calcium dish and water.
I got her today and she just wanted to sleep.
I held her for about 15mins before puting her in and she seems really nice (A bit jumpy)
Im just worried because its about 11 and I only noticed she ate one cricket and is just sleeping. Is there any reason she wont come out yet? ANything I can do to make her feel more at Home?
Any tips or help is greatly apreciated and It wil help me a lot
More pics are going to be posted
First of all buddy, here's the reptile and amphibians thread >>2047664 You could look for help there if you'd like
And where did you get your gecko? Are you sure it's only 2 weeks old? That's pretty young.
And just let your little pet adjust to its new home, all of the excitement of going to a new place is going to stress out a babby gecko and make it tired. Take any crickets you have in there out and hold off on the handling for a few days. Just let the guy get used to everything and get some rest.
What are the temps on the hot side? The cool side? The hot should be around 90-95 F and the cool should be mid 70s. Do you have a humid hide? Your gecko will need one.
If I think of anything else I let you know.
in the middle its about 75
So her hot end is probably around 80 and in her hot hide 90
Her cold side has a coconut hide i put a paper towl and damped it
From what I can see she has about 3 dead milworms left
I got her from petSmart
They said shes 2-3 weeks and is a female
THanks fo the tips
Anything els would be fantastic
do not take gecko out of tank for at least one week. you're just going to stress it out and make the settling in process longer. gecko will not eat regularly, if at all, until it has calmed down from the transition to a new home.
those half logs are insufficient for hide purposes. you want something with a small entrance that is mostly dark inside.
keep those mealworms in a smooth-sided bowl that they cannot climb out of. also, "dead" mealworms? No. You want live mealworms and you need to gutload them. Take all uneaten insects out of the tank after gecko has eaten.
that's way too much calcium in the bowl there. you want something bottlecap sized.
move that thermometer closer to ground level.
please google 'leopard gecko caresheets' and read a few of them.
Well you need to be sure of what the temps are, you can't just guess. Even 10 degrees over on the hot side could potentially harm your lizard. Ideally you need to get a thermostat to measure the heat on the hot end and regulate it properly. Heat mats can easily overheat.
And for the humid hide, I suppose that's okay, but I'd recommend putting damp sphagnum moss in there, your lizard can kind of burrow into it if needed and sphagnum resists mold.
Your lizard won't eat dead mealworms, trash them. If you killed them because you heard they'd eat their way out of your lizards stomach, just know that that's just a myth
And don't listen to pet store employees, they don't know fuck 99% of the time. There's no way they could know it's a female at only 2 weeks
I moved the thermostat over th warm side down low its 80-85
And the dead worms are from a reptile starter kit with calcium and a few water pureafy things and dead food
But I have about 20 live crikets small size for her in a diffrent box
Okay well you'll need something like a temperature probe or a heat sensor to know what the temps are directly above the heat mat. It could be in the hundreds in certain spots.
>And the dead worms are from a reptile starter kit with calcium and a few water pureafy things and dead food
what the fuck? You may have gotten ripped off, that sounds stupid. Trash the dead bugs
Make sure to gutload the crickets by feeding them nutritious foods like romaine lettuce, oats and carrots
Alright thanks, and yeah. Il try and get a probe for the heat mat, it dosent feel to hot to the touch but i know thats not good enough.
Im kinda dealing with a lot so im probably over worring my self to.
But im sure this little critter will help me get my mind off a lot to
I'd recommend also purchasing a thermostat for the heat mat, that's very important.
And no problem dude, you'll be fine if you just learn your stuff and follow the rules of the geck. Like >>2050456 said, google search care sheets for leopard geckos and do your research. Read more than one care sheet, too, some may leave a few things out that may be covered by others.
Im just a little anxuios, I dont have a job and I saved up all 130 I spent today.
I know geckos are easy to take care of but all of this makes me feel like Im doing it all wrong.
I got a critter box
It has like 25 crickets with there own food and drink but should I but them in tupple wear with some carrots and water?
And Il find a way soo nto get a probe iv seen there like 10-15
I know its kinda dumb of me to buy it with not all the things, but I though I had them all.
Should I be good for a couple days?
My anxiety is kinda going fuckign crazy about this
Yeah plastic storage bins are cheap, efficient and roomy ways to house both pets and feeders.
And I'm sure you'll be fine, just work at getting the stuff right. Ideally you should have done all your research and had an enclosure w/ proper tools before you got the gecko. Don't get too anxious, just work at it and it'll be fine
I love people who know what they're doing. I used to raise them years ago. It was my first store bought reptile. I still have 3. 2 babies and an adult male.
If you use your eyes to look, one is vitamins and the other is a water conditioner. The vitamins are good, but there are some better brands. I've never used a water conditioner, cause I use my RO or let it sit for a day.
Reptivite is for dusting your insects right before you feed them. For crickets, put them in a small plastic bag and add about 1/4 teaspoon of the powder. Gently shake. Feed to gecko.
Reptisafe is water conditioner. It will remove the chlorine from your tap water. Add about 2 drops (very very little) to gecko's water bowl. This is mostly optional. Water conditioner is something you use more with tropical species and amphibians that have much more exposure to the water.
Tight on money so I just made this, easter to get crickets
The vitamin powder is good for dusting crickets. You'll eventually want to get a bigger supply of both that and some calcium duster. And I use reptisafe water conditioner for my turtle's aquarium water, but for water bowls I just use filtered water. NOTE: never use distilled water for reptiles or amphibians. If you buy some at the stores, make sure it says filtered, not distilled.
nigga chill it was a blurry pic
Crickets come out of the box and feed on the carrots. When feeding time, I lift the top of the tube and shake untill I get a few out then close the top and keep all other crickets in
Wasn't mad. Its not that blurry. Also correct about distilled water. Its so clean its missing a lot of trace elements that are so good for them (mainly amphibians). I gotta be careful using my RO to much on my fish and amphibians.
My big male looked just like that as a baby
What type of lizard would do well in a 10-30 gallon tank? Im looking for something thats on the easier end of the difficulty of care scale.
Not sure. I'm always learning something new, so I will have to look into that (about distilled). I've just always heard that its to"clean" because it removes everything. There is a product by Seachem called trace elements, and there are a lot more like it, but they put back in all the good stuff.
Haha that's what they do, my friend. Pet stores just label most non-regular morphs of lizard (cresties and leos the most, it seems) as "fancy".
Like I got my crested gecko from a local pet store and it was just called "fancy". It's actually a pinstripe harlequin morph, if I did my research correctly.
Unfortunately I'm not the most incredibly well-versed in my leo morphs, and they also look different when young. I'd be very interested to know if anybody does know what your lil guy is, though
A leo, or a beardie if you're leaning more towards the 30gal direction. If you're going vertical, then look into crested geckos or maybe even anoles. Do your research first before getting any pet, though
I only say that because I learned in one of my college classes last semester that they have to filter sea water for drinking water in Saudi Arabia, and the result is such pure water that they have to add minerals back in before you drink it or else it sucks the minerals out of your body
This is correct. I've worked at places like that and it pisses me off so much when they try to bs their way by saying 'Oh yeah, its more colorful than that one so its a blabity blah blah morph". I can't say I'm the best at identifying morphs, but damn.
Again, I wan to look into that. It makes sense.
Here's a pic when first brought her home
When did you get her? Any recent pics?
By the way OP, it looks to me like your gecko's a Tremper Albino morph
Not who you are replying to, but I thought Tremper just did the giants? I've been out of the trade for a while.
Thanks. This has been the coolest thread I've been on in a while. Smart people, helpful tips, and overall nice anons. I gotta get out and I will leave you with this.
I found this and I can probably pick it up tomarow, is this what I want?