Originally Posted by tometi
Hi people, just wonder if there is anything else I should be doing?
I recently got myself a juvie Leo and I am keeping him in a 18 x18 glass viv. He has two hiding spots, one which is fake rock placed over the heat mat and one hollow wood in the cooler side of the viv. Each end has its own thermometer to keep an eye on temp (hot end between 27-30 c and cool between 23-26).
I am using a heat mat (which is running constantly) and black heat lamp but I am also using a 14w uv lamp for about 4 hours a day. At night the temp drops to around 20-22 c. In the way of decorations there are some rocks from my garden (all washed, disinfected with my viv cleaner, rinsed and then oven baked) that I have built a little climbing area out of but they are all secure and won't fall.
Food wise I am feeding mealworms and medium brown crickets. I put the food items in a separate container and feed them fresh fruit and veg(whatever I have to hand) about 12 hours before gecko feeding time. They are also dusted with calcium powder. He is eating between 6-8 food items every other day. He has fresh water changed once a day and he is fed his food in a bowl.
I was just wondering if there was anything I should be doing or anything I am doing that I should change. As far as handling goes I haven't done much yet as he is only young and been in this viv for around 2weeks.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Do you have the mat on a thermostat to control temps? Leos only need mats as they do best on belly heat and your night time temps are too low. I keep my hot end between 32-34c at all times. Putting your mat on a thermostat will keep it at the right temps all day and night.
Is your thermometer a digital one or a round plastic analogue on? the round ones are pants and dont give accurate readings.
Does your leo have a moist hide to aid with shedding? a basic set up should have 3 hides. one hot end/one cool end/one moist - half on/half off the mat.
You can feed lots of other bugs to give variety and some have more nutrients then others. also some have more fat so should be fed as treats. Locusts are good...as are dubia roaches. Varied with mealies/crickets, and the likes of waxworms for treats.
Are you just dusting with calcium? You need to get yourself some repashy calcium plus - which has all sorts of vitamins and goodies in it and you can dust every meal with it plus you should have a calcium dish in the viv at all times. I use pure calcium in the bowl but you can use the repashy aswell if you dont want to buy 2 seperate powders.
Pop over to the lizard section - they are a nice bunch over there if you have anymore questions or are unsure of where to get stuff etc