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Old 23-07-2008, 02:18 AM
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My female Gecko, 10 months old, decides to dig at the side olf the viv nr the air vents every nite! Why? I've checked temp, tried it higher and lower and she still digs. Tried diff foods, cleaning the tank,taking her out for a while, what else is it?

She is in with a male who she has been with since they were both 4months old (neither of them show any breeding signs) and another female.

It's really worrying me as to why she digs and scratches at the vents so much. Worried she's gonna hurt herself.

Any ideas??
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Old 23-07-2008, 02:45 AM
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My female Gecko, 10 months old, decides to dig at the side olf the viv nr the air vents every nite! Why? I've checked temp, tried it higher and lower and she still digs. Tried diff foods, cleaning the tank,taking her out for a while, what else is it?

She is in with a male who she has been with since they were both 4months old (neither of them show any breeding signs) and another female.

It's really worrying me as to why she digs and scratches at the vents so much. Worried she's gonna hurt herself.

Any ideas??

I'd split them up. They are both sexually matre now and the female is too young to breed, it could cause damage. As for the scratching, all my leos do it on a night. Just give them 15 mins play time every other day and it might calm it down a little.
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Old 23-07-2008, 11:46 AM
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Is this digging at night a gecko thing? The only time my female rankins digs is when she's gravid.
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Are you SURE she isnt gravid!
They really should not be in together at that age at all your risking an egg bound female.
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I do sometimes take her out to play, (nightmare when the hoppers are trying to jump out at me) even got a plastic hamster ball for her to run rnd in, lol. She seems to like it. Even then she will still dig once she is back in. The male will sometimes dig too, not as much or as often tho.

Could it just be that she doesn't like being confined to the viv?

I'm sure she isn't gravid, have checked her over several times.

She isn't as bright as she used to be either.

Think i might have to make her some kind of Gecko Run, ya know, the kind of things rabbits have,lol
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I do sometimes take her out to play, (nightmare when the hoppers are trying to jump out at me) even got a plastic hamster ball for her to run rnd in, lol. She seems to like it. Even then she will still dig once she is back in. The male will sometimes dig too, not as much or as often tho.

Could it just be that she doesn't like being confined to the viv?

I'm sure she isn't gravid, have checked her over several times.

She isn't as bright as she used to be either.

Think i might have to make her some kind of Gecko Run, ya know, the kind of things rabbits have,lol
I would put a laying box in with her just in case. Digging is classic gravid behaviour- and shes had chance to mate- all the symptoms point to her having some eggs.

Also- be careful with the hamster ball thing- I would be very worried she would break her toes in the air vents.
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Old 23-07-2008, 04:11 PM
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I do sometimes take her out to play, (nightmare when the hoppers are trying to jump out at me) even got a plastic hamster ball for her to run rnd in, lol. She seems to like it. Even then she will still dig once she is back in. The male will sometimes dig too, not as much or as often tho.

Could it just be that she doesn't like being confined to the viv?

I'm sure she isn't gravid, have checked her over several times.

She isn't as bright as she used to be either.

Think i might have to make her some kind of Gecko Run, ya know, the kind of things rabbits have,lol
Hamster ball= Bad Idea, could do some damage to thierselves in that.

I would seperate her and give her a laying box, if she is gravid and has nowhere to lay she is going to end up egg bound
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Old 23-07-2008, 04:15 PM
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sorry, prob wont help, but my beardie digs all day, he is a male, so he isnt gravid,

i think he is bored.
sorry prob wont help as u say u ply with them, but mabye they are bored?
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Two of ours scratch at the glass. My female tries to climb up it and then falls! When she does it I take her out and let her explore a bit and when she goes back in she's fine.
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Old 24-07-2008, 01:07 AM
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Thanks for all your help. Will start bringing her out to play more. Think the other 2 might get jealous so will take them all out in turn
It's a good way to weigh them too.

Keep ya Fingers crossed 4 me
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