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He doesnt come out much i started to asume he didnt like coming out

So i decided to check if he comes out when im not around - so i flattended all my sand and waited to see if he would come out - and i woke up this morning and his foot prints were there just wondering why he hides so much any ideas?
 

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is it a leo?

well they are nocturnal so he is probably just coming out at night when you are asleep does he come out when you feed him?

what are his temps?
 

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if ur gecko is a leo, then that explains it, cause they r nocturnal, if not ive no idea what it could be
 

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yeh he is a leo - he comes to the edge of his hide to feed and will chase crickets / eat them my room is pitch black and has a red heat light in the viv - when iv seen him out and come in my room by sneaking he skuttles of - I donth think he was handled when in the shop so i think he is very nervouy - but i was getting worried about it

So I flattend the sand to monitor if he comes out - he does as his footprints were everywere he must come out when i sleep around 3 am! :( my others are always active !
 

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If you want him to be out and about more often then try handling him more? get him used to the idea that you aren't anything to be frightened of. Also just checking what type of sand you are using? Is it child's play sand? Other than that, keep in mind what people have said already, that he is a nocternal animal and may just want to sleep :)

mine sleep during the day but rarely go in their hides to sleep, usually they curl up in the corner like a dog lol they're so cute, so it just depends on the gecko itself to how much you'll see them. I also handle mine quite a lot so they're used to the idea of movement. They're kept in my bedroom and there's always something going on since I'm in here most of the time.
 

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HE is 2 years old so getting him tame is a task i handle him twice a week but he runs so fast or scratches to get away :( which i feel am hurting him or stressing him so i always put him back my others r fine tho
 

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mine are the same very rare i see them during the day unless i'm feeding them but i work late so dont go to bed till 3am some mornings and they are always out and about at that time lol

I wouldn't worry as long as he is feeding and looks healthy.
 

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yeh he is a leo - he comes to the edge of his hide to feed and will chase crickets / eat them my room is pitch black and has a red heat light in the viv - when iv seen him out and come in my room by sneaking he skuttles of - I donth think he was handled when in the shop so i think he is very nervouy - but i was getting worried about it

So I flattend the sand to monitor if he comes out - he does as his footprints were everywere he must come out when i sleep around 3 am! :( my others are always active !

did u actually do any reading up b4 you got your leo

if you did you wouldnt have had to ask this question
 

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Can you not be so rude and yes i did do reading. - I asked the question as my other 3 leos are very active and out and about.

So I appreciate it if you werent being rude to rethink how you type to people.
 

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well i am sorry ! but leos are normaly asleep doing nothing during the day and active during the night if your other leos are active during the day are they in the same tank as the one that aint active during the day ?????
 

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Yes, leos are nocternal but there's no need to become angry or agitated just because someones asking an innocent question. My leos are actually quite active during the day and night and if cracksolja's other leos are a bit more active of course it would be a worry. There's no productivity in a lack of manners.
 

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No he is housed in my 4ft long viv - as my other leos are only 4-6 months old and female - and he is 2 years old and male so I have them in seperate tanks.

My adult gecko has Riverbed sand from Petzoo.co.uk it is very fine sand.

He has a red heat light with dimming thermostat on it.

My other leos my youngens are on repti-carpet with a heatmat on thermostat with several coco cave hides and moist hides and drinking water.

As my male has 3 hides and his main Large cave which he seems to stay in alot - However is only ever active when noone is in the room as several times I have opened my door slowly and quietly and caught him out walking.

But runs back in when I enter the room. he is fed every other day on brown and black crickets an medium Locusts dusted with Repti calcium on feeding days an nutrobal other feeding days.

And my youngens are fed daily on brown crix and small locusts with repti calcium daily and nutrobal every monday- and friday.

As for my large male - taming him IS A TASK as i stated he is was in bred and born in the shop were he has been for 2 years - and was not handled just fed and changed.

And is extremely skittish when handled hence why it is hard to get him used to being handled as he rushes of very fast - and when looping my finger and thumb under his legs to hold him he will kick to escape
and I feel i am stressing him so i place him back in his viv.

My question was simply is it normal for leos considering my others dont to hide so much and only at one place
 

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do you leave the light on in the tank all the time ?
do you have the big light in the room you have him in on a night

maby his cycle is messed up a bit
 

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I have my blinds closed during the day as im in work and noone is at home and alot of houses behind my house id rather them not see in my bedroom..

I leave my big light of since they are nocturnal and the red heat light is on a dimmer it dims and heat reduced every couple of hours so it is not a solid source of heat it allows time to cool off.

I also have a white light which i was advised to remove to rpelace with this red heat light which i have done so.

But my other leos are set the same and are active - and come to the glass when I enter my room and will climb out when opening viv and place my hand under neath


do you leave the light on in the tank all the time ?
do you have the big light in the room you have him in on a night

maby his cycle is messed up a bit
 

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do you have a heat mat in there aswell coz leos dont really need over head heat as they absorbe heat from there bellies so all a heat lamp would do is heat the sand up out side of the hides so he will be getting no heat during the day while hes in there

if you know what i mean lol

not being snotty in this one

i have appologised about my previouse post

pmed you mate
 

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From what you've said hunny it just sounds like it's because of the shop he was in. He's been used to people coming up to his cage, tapping on the glass, and a constant flow of people, he was probably so used to hiding when someone came to the glass because he was scared of what they'd do. How long have you had him for?
 

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From what you've said hunny it just sounds like it's because of the shop he was in. He's been used to people coming up to his cage, tapping on the glass, and a constant flow of people, he was probably so used to hiding when someone came to the glass because he was scared of what they'd do. How long have you had him for?
i was in a pet shop the other day and a lil kid went up to a viv and started screeching i went mad at his mum
 

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I was going to a get a heat mat for him - but I was told that a heat light on a dimming thermo stat would be sufficient i measure my temps..

Hot end well half of tank measures at 30oc to 333oc

cool end is always between 22oc and 25oc -

I guess your right about him used to people tapping he only had a couple of hides there...

In my tank he has a huge cave thats well pitch black and he isnt constantly disturbed.

I leave them to it for couple of days Only disturbance is feeding time or when I clean any mess out at the weekend or when I get them out for a quick wonder around my arms!

I have another skitish one but again she is new to my collection so i can understand my 2 others who I have had for nearly 3 months now are used to me an will come upto the viv if i open it to come and get out.

Its just right now the male one is not a major concern as he is eating a pooing ok and sighns of him coming out are there due to the footprints i saw this morning....

Its just I like to see him out for my own peace of mind! if I ever disturb or stress them i will feed them a wax worm to show im not diliberatly trying to stress them they usually accept this
 
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