Help lower humidity in naturally humid climate!

thewolfgadsby

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Hello everyone, I am new to the site and a soon to be first time leapord gecko owner.

I have been doing research for a few weeks now, and slowly assembling all the equipment I will need as an owner, as well as creating a cozy terrarium for my new friend before s/he arrives. My main concern is that my house has a natural humidity of about 65%, and I know that leo's need a much lower range. I have ordered a dehumidifier on Amazon, and it will arrive on Saturday. I do not want to get my pal until I am sure that s/he will have the smoothest possible transition into their new home.

I am currently gut loading crickets, have purchased all the vitamins and set up a moist/cool hide as well as a warm hide. I have the correct temperature gradient and a thermostat connected to my heat mat, reptile carpet as substrate, as well as having noted the day/night temperatures needed on the thermostat using a laser thermometer to ensure the proper temperature gradients for my gecko.

I have browsed many different forums and have received various opinions on at-home remedies for this solution, and I am sure that the arrival of my dehumidifier will help a lot, but that will not be for a few days. Is there anything else any of you have done to successfully lower the humidity of your terrarium?

The water dish in the pic is full as I want to make my adjustments according to how the gecko will actually be living.

Thank you all for you time, and I look forward to being a member of the site for the years to come.
-Michael
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P.S. The Thermostat is set at the night temperature in the picture, hence why it is so low.
 

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acpart

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Welcome to GF! I also live in New England and the humidity in the summer can go up pretty high. In all honesty, I don't worry about it. As long as I'm not misting the cages (which I'm not), the geckos are fine. In the winter, with the house closed up and the forced hot air heat, things are probably pretty dry. It's not even clear to me the extent to which leopard geckos in the wild live in more humid micro climates. If you want to get a dehumidifier that's fine, but I don't feel you need to get one just to make your gecko happy. My leopard gecko population is currently 18 (including the first two 2017 hatchlings that appeared last week) and everyone is fine regardless of the humidity.

Aliza
 

thewolfgadsby

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Thanks for the info! I picked up my baby Leo today, she's currently hiding in the cool hide and I'm not going to try to feed her for a few hours until dark, I am very excited for this addition to my home!

Michael
 

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