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Golden Gecko concerns

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Posted by: jjenkins at Sun Mar 30 10:39:03 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jjenkins ]  
   

Hi,

I've had a pair of golden geckos for a couple months and I have some questions about them.
First, the male gecko concerns me sometimes. He occassionally retreats to the bottom of the enclosure and just lays there. His coloration darkens dramatically during this period also. Then he'll go back to normal for a few weeks, with normal coloration, climbing around, etc. But eventually he'll again do the bottom of the tank thing for a day or so. What is the deal here?
Second, I have never seen either gecko eat. I know they must be eating because they are both still alive, but I don't feel like they are thriving. I offer them plenty of crickets and baby food, but I never see them eat it. The baby food I'm not so worried about because I see big chunks of it missing, but I feel like there are always crickets in the cage. I am not sure if they are eating crickets at all, cause a lot of times the crickets will hide in the plants and die, so it looks like they've been eaten but when I clean the cage I find out they haven't been. It is also nearly impossible for me to dust the crickets with vitamins/calcium, since they geckos don't eat them quick enough and the powder wipes off. I have been gutloading the crickets with special cricket food to help with this however. It is weird I don't see them eat, because I had goldens before I went to college and they ate voraciously right in front of me. Any ideas/suggestions?
I mist the geckos 2-3 times a day, keeping the humidity at about 60% average. The tank is 18" W by 18" W by 24" H, and it has two snake plants in it. I have a vita light for the plants and a 40 watt red bulb for the geckos. I heard that covering the cage on three sides with paper will make the geckos feel more secure, and I am thinking of trying this. Also, I have recently ordered a 2' by 2' by 4' aluminum screen cage from LLLreptile, so hopefully this will help them.

Please help me make my lizards thrive!

Thanks,

Jeff


   

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