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RE: New Lepard owner. I have a few questions

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Posted by: kangaskritters at Sun Jun 24 11:08:08 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by kangaskritters ]  
   

To get you started, the answers to your questions are...
1) you want a 90 degree hot spot on an extreme side of an enclosure. The oppostie side will be room temperature. Be careful in the winter if your ambient room temperature gets down into the 60's.
2) You want to keep the enclosure dry for the most part, but most keepers have a "moist hide" on the cool side of the enclosure to aid in shedding. You can keep damp sphagnum moss in the hide box which can be a simple as a ziploc tupperware large enough for the gecko to comfortably relax in.
3) Climbing is risky for leopard geckos. They can fall and hurt themselves and there's always the risk of a climbing utensil falling over and injuring the gecko. Keep cage decor simple. Crickets will have less places to hide from the gecko.
4) If you prefer to feed crickets and pinky mice only feed 1 newborn pinky mouse a week. Only feed pinky mice to geckos large enough to swallow one whole ie, adults. Feed crickets as often as they're eaten. Start with 5 a day and if they eat them all give them 6 or 7. Try to avoid crickets sticking around in the enclosure where they might eat the geckos poop and then in turn get the gecko sick when they finally get eaten.

Hope this helps!


   

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