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Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by BlameItOnBeingGemini on Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:27 am

Hello, I'm Kristyn and I've finally convinced my mother to let me get a Leopard Gecko Very Happy
I'm very excited, but a little nervous Embarassed , I've done reaserch since Thanksgiving, when I originally decided I wanted a Leo. I'm a little unsure that I have all I need to know, I'm getting all equipment that the Leo will need when I get him. I'm a little confused, some people would say I need a heating pad and others avidly warn against it. So, basically before I babble on and on I'm a first time Leo owner and very nervous and want to be prepared before I purchase the Leo, I don't want to make any mistakes that would be harmful to either it or me, any tips, recomadations, ect, would be greatly appreciated. anyone?
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I'm 15 years old, a sophmore in highschool, my parents probably won't have anything to do with the Leo. I have a Border Collie, Shadow, who's often in my room. There isn't anyone in my family who owns a reptile, and no one I know really wants to. I've done a lot of reaserch I just like to be extremely prepared to eliminate the possibility of failing ecspecially when animals are involved. I'm positive that the Leo is right for me I love you
Help me? Very Happy
I'll post a picture of it Saturday! It's name will probably be Nyx, or possibly Apollo.
OH! Names!
Name suggestions would be appreciated also,
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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by Kodieh on Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:55 am

Heat pads are a must! Those who "avidly warn against it" do not understand the biology of a leopard gecko. They need belly heat to digest better. If possible, you should get a thermostat for it but a rheostat/light dimmer will also work.

You should get either slate tile or use paper towels as substrate, as all--all--loose substrates are bad regardless of what they are or who says it's "okay". The tile can be found at a lowes or home depot for really cheap, and you can take them out and wash them.

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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by BlameItOnBeingGemini on Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:14 am

Haha I'm glad you said that I had no clue Very Happy
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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by Smiley on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:11 am

The only thing to avoid for belly heaters are the heat rocks they sell at stores. All the rock is, is just a heat safe plastic rock with heating element inside. There are tons of air pockets between the heating element and the plastic and it creates hot pockets of air where the temp builds wayyy up, and can burn your leos belly. Just a mat under the tank is way easier for one leo enclosure.
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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by Kermit on Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:53 am

Welcome to the forum Smile Best advice I can offer is to read the sticky in the housing section titled how to make the perfect set up. It will tell you everything you need. Also in the feeding section the sticky about supplimenting basics is also a good read for new owners as well as the nutritional facts of feeder insects. Pretty much any basic beginner info you need can all be found in each forum's sticky section or in the caresheet forum.

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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by BlameItOnBeingGemini on Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:10 am

It did! I've been reading the housing section and they helped out a lot, is there any disadvantages to using vinyl tile? It's what I plan to use, and is it a bad idea to get everything at the store that day? All I have set up at home is an aquarium and the heat pad turned on so I could moniter the temp, the rest I'll need to purchase at the same time because I'm a long way from civilization.

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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by Kodieh on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:45 am

It's more recommended that you have everything set up before you get the gecko, but you wit have any disadvantages by building it and getting the gecko the same day. It'll sort of be like just doing a substrate change really. We all have times when we still don't know what temps will level off at ", just keep vigilant for any problems and youll be good to go. Smile

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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by BlameItOnBeingGemini on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:58 am

You guys make me happy Very Happy
I'm so very glad I joined this forum! Really you guys have helped a lot! I think I've gotten more help here then all the reasearch I did! Dancing I'm actually not nervous at all anymore! Well besides the fact that my Leo may not like me! But I think that's just me being paranoid and not me being concerned Wink
I'll be sure to keep you posted on my new Leo! Dancing

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Re: Help Out A First Time Gecko Owner?

Post by wolfbane468 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:49 am

just dont be upset if he/she doesnt come out or runs away from u for the first week u need to give them time to settle and not try to handle them straight off i learnt that the hard way when cleo hissed and tried bite me,
u will know when she comes to see u and doesnt scarper when u open the viv she is comfy enough to start putting ur hand in
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