Leopard Gecko Hiding

bgs722

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We recently bought a juvenile Leopard Gecko. We've had him/her now for 3 weeks and this week it's been hiding UNDER the water dish. We have a moist area in one of the hides but it doesn't really use it. Concerned that it's too hot maybe? We have a heat mat under the tank and a UV with heat lamp above. Also it's started molting for the first time so maybe that's why the behavior? It's been eating fine....just concerned about that behavior but obviously I'm no expert!
 

Stryker

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We recently bought a juvenile Leopard Gecko. We've had him/her now for 3 weeks and this week it's been hiding UNDER the water dish. We have a moist area in one of the hides but it doesn't really use it. Concerned that it's too hot maybe? We have a heat mat under the tank and a UV with heat lamp above. Also it's started molting for the first time so maybe that's why the behavior? It's been eating fine....just concerned about that behavior but obviously I'm no expert!
In almost all cases just the heat mat is perfect. Lamps dry out the air and can cause problem in the lungs. Maybe add another humid hide and keep one on the hot side and the other on the cold and it might use the new hide instead of it's bowl.
 

acpart

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Does your heat mat have a thermostat? If not check the temperature with a digital thermometer and probe (reptile thermometers are on sale at most pet stores for less than $10) to see if the temperatures are above the low 90's. How is your gecko getting under the water dish? What substrate are you using? If you're using sand, it's not a good idea for a juvenile (or really for any leopard gecko). Let us know and we can advise.

Aliza
 
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