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    Hey everyone,

    My name is Matt, and my son Danny just turned 6, and he received a leopard gecko...that he named Steve. Yes, he came from ++++++++, but we really liked his coloring, and he instantly took a liking to me so he came home with us. I keep saying 'he' just because his name is Steve, we have no clue on sex...yet. We've had him for 2 weeks, and he's been on a diet of mealworms, eating like a horse. He's eaten roughly 90 mealworms in 2 weeks. We now have another 100 to hold us over until the 500 get here from rainbow. That way we can get a head start on gut loading them a bit (apples?), and have enough food to last us awhile. We live an hour from the nearest mealworm store, so having stock is important. Yes, we have also been dusting mealworms from day one. Anyways, here's some pics from the day Steve came home, and the 10 gallon tank he called home for 2 weeks:



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    He had a 5w under tank heater, 75w daytime light (mainly for added heat) and a 75w heat lamp (night time heat). Worked pretty good, IMO. We're seriously considering breeding a bit depending on how much interest my son (continues) to show in Steve, so we picked up a 30 gallon tank and stand from a friend for cheap. Pics of that:



    I've since ditched the 75w night light (left) for a 250w red heat lamp on a dimmer so I can fine tune things a bit more, and see better at night. I figure I can use the old 75w heat lamp for the mealworms in the winter months. I also used a heat gun to remove the 5w under tank heater and move it to the 30 gallon. It still get's warm, not sure if I broke it or not. I know he's got a warm spot when he wants it though. Here's some pics of Steve as of last night, 13 days after coming home with us. I'm not an expert, but he looks healthier, right? Anyone have any advice or feedback?


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    Welcome to GF! Steve is looking great! Keep up the good work.

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    Thanks! My wife and I had a Leo before, named Chicken Joe, but when we moved to MO we had to give him to my best friend (ironically named) Steve. Chicken Joe is now 10 years old and still livin the good life with (human) Steve in TX. I won't lie, after reading what I have lately about (lizard) Steve, I didn't raise Joe correctly. He was on sand, only was fed crickets, and I just left the crickets in there so he could eat at his leisure...I honestly meant well, I just listened to the pet store (not a big name, though).

    Needless to say, I'm trying to do the best I can with Steve. Any advice on anything I should do differently? I haven't tried handling him too much, he's been moved around so frequently the last few weeks, I figured he doesn't need the added stress.

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    Try putting your hand in the tank every day for five minutes before you actually pick him up. I don't think it stresses them out by doing that because less than two months later my leo Kobik was crawling right onto my hand. Good luck with Steve!


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    Will do, and thanks for the advice. Ever since we put him into the 30 gallon I haven't been able to hold him at all. As soon as he sees my hand enter the cage, he heads for the hills. He's still eating (and pooping) a LOT at one point he had 13 meal worms in one 24 hour period. I'm trying to keep his limit at 10 for now.

    Back to the handling, Should I just put my hand in there for the 5 minutes and if he's still hiding out just let him be? I'd have to take nearly every rock out of the tank to get him (when he is in his favorite hide, of course). I was thinking that maybe as he got a little older I can start to slow down the feeding a bit so he'll come out looking for food more often, thoughts?

    Thanks again!

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    He sounds healthy! Every leo is different, mine came to investigate my hand the second time I put it in the tank. Steve may be a little skittish, but you can try gently touching him if he's out in the open. If he's in his hide I wouldn't suggest it because you want them to feel like they have a safe place to go where you won't bother him. If he doesn't run away when you touch him, try to pet him and go from there. I assume your putting the mealworms in a bowl, so maybe you can move the bowl further away from his hide so he'll be forced to come out to eat. I also have a over head heat light in my leos tank and I find that wherever I put it, she lies directly under it to bask. Try that and maybe you'll be able to view him more. Steve's colors are beautiful, I love the little bit of blue on his head.


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    When I got home from work last night I saw him out and about so I stuck my hand in there and he didn't run away!! I moved my hand when I saw him perk up and look like he was about to bite me, lol. He was very hungry, I fed him 6 meal worms and he subsequently passed out right after that. I really like the blue, too. I hope it sticks around through his changes.

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