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Old 28-11-2011, 07:30 PM
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was just wondering what temp the hot side people tend to have their vivs at for a leopard gecko and how they get their gecko to motivated to hunt food.
i've heard blue lights can make lizards have a better temperament when it comes to eating and i've heard that reptiboost helps them become more lively.

my checko is rather skinny atm and just loves to sleep, was wondering if its the temps where i'm going wrong or it might be something else. i've had him checked out by a vet and she said its ok but i'd rather get a reptile owners view.

any thoughts would be greatly welcomed
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:34 PM
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My hot end is always around 90 .Mine has slowed down a bit and eats when it wants to .Ahealthy weight though .Have you tried different live food .When mine was being funny about eating i went from crickets to locust and now loves them

Are you dusting the live food with calcium and nutrobal through the week
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:36 PM
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Hello,

was just wondering what temp the hot side people tend to have their vivs at for a leopard gecko and how they get their gecko to motivated to hunt food.
i've heard blue lights can make lizards have a better temperament when it comes to eating and i've heard that reptiboost helps them become more lively.

my checko is rather skinny atm and just loves to sleep, was wondering if its the temps where i'm going wrong or it might be something else. i've had him checked out by a vet and she said its ok but i'd rather get a reptile owners view.

any thoughts would be greatly welcomed
Can you tell use a little about your set up and the gecko please?

How long have you had him/her
How old it is
When it last ate
What size vivarium you have him in
What substrate you have
What you're using to heat him
What is the temperature on the floor on the hot side
Cool side temperature
How many hides you have

These will all help us figure out what is wrong!
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:43 PM
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my hot end temp is around 30 degrees c.
i measure it on the floor with a digital thermometer.

whats your temps and how are you measuring them?

got any piccies of your leo? i use reptoboost, fab stuff
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:46 PM
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Can you tell use a little about your set up and the gecko please?

How long have you had him/her
How old it is
When it last ate
What size vivarium you have him in
What substrate you have
What you're using to heat him
What is the temperature on the floor on the hot side
Cool side temperature
How many hides you have

These will all help us figure out what is wrong!

His viv is Dimensions: 375x915x405mm (LxDxH)

i've had him since august the 18th and he was 6 weeks old then so he'll be around a few months old now.

it ate 2 mealworms two days ago and then whenever i put nutrobol on them he gives me a face like i just poop'd on it.

the substrate i have at the moment is paper towels because he's still young.

i use a heat mat 20Watt which is hooked up to a matstat 100 to control the temperature and the heat mat is inside the viv because its wooden.

Hot side is around 30.3 degrees centigrade and cold side is around 24 degrees centigrade

he has a rock hide, a moist hide and a wooden log hide.

he has clean water everyday and i have a lid full of calcium without D3 in his viv along with some meal worms in a dish at all times.
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:48 PM
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sounds fine

nutrobal is a really strong taste, lots of leos dont like it `neat`
you could try mixing it with the plain calcium and then dusting the food, makes it more acceptable to the awkward ones!
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:49 PM
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His viv is Dimensions: 375x915x405mm (LxDxH)

i've had him since august the 18th and he was 6 weeks old then so he'll be around a few months old now.

it ate 2 mealworms two days ago and then whenever i put nutrobol on them he gives me a face like i just poop'd on it.

the substrate i have at the moment is paper towels because he's still young.

i use a heat mat 20Watt which is hooked up to a matstat 100 to control the temperature and the heat mat is inside the viv because its wooden.

Hot side is around 30.3 degrees centigrade and cold side is around 24 degrees centigrade

he has a rock hide, a moist hide and a wooden log hide.

he has clean water everyday and i have a lid full of calcium without D3 in his viv along with some meal worms in a dish at all times.
I would put this down to winter 'syndrome', a lot of reptiles slow down during this period.
You could try increasing the temperatures slightly if he's a bit too skinny to survive with limited food amounts.
You got him on my birthday too
You've got every right IMO well done for doing your research
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:52 PM
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Do you try different live food or stick to meal worms .
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:55 PM
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I would put this down to winter 'syndrome', a lot of reptiles slow down during this period.
You could try increasing the temperatures slightly if he's a bit too skinny to survive with limited food amounts.
You got him on my birthday too
You've got every right IMO well done for doing your research
I got him on my results day because i felt like treating myself haha

he is spoilt rotten sometimes.

is it worth getting reptoboost? because i heard its great but i've also heard its not haha i'm undecided as its expensive and i dont want to waste money. also how do i use it if i do get it?
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:57 PM
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Do you try different live food or stick to meal worms .

i feed him quite literally every live food possible. well i try to.

i've tried him on crickets, locust, mealworms, waxworms (not as a normal food but as a treat) and he's very very picky !
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