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Post by Dakota314 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:41 am

I got my first leo about 2 weeks ago. I know it is normal for them not to hide a lot as they are exploring, but he never ever hides. His tank is in my room. I go up there after school, and he is out. I spend a couple hours in my room doing homework, and he will be out the whole time. He is out when I wake up, and when I got to bed. Is he just really comfortable, or is he still going through the newbie phase and exploring a lot? His temps range from 93-96* on the hot side. He has a moist hide and a dry hide on the hot side, and a dry hide on the cool side. I don't know how old he is, but he is a juvie.
One more question. The past couple days when I get home from school he is sitting in his food dish. I feed him everyday after school, so is he just on routine and waiting to be fed? Or is he still hungry after I feed him? He eats 5-7 mealworms a day, it differs each day. Thanks for the help so far with this little guy Smile

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Re: New Leo Not Hiding

Post by LarissaLurid on Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:47 pm

Hmm well I can't really say since I don't see how he is acting, but what I can perhaps ask about the food is if you make sure he eats until he is full, offer him as much as he will eat in about 20 minutes. Also I'd give him crickets as well, more nutritious and better than only eating 1 thing all the time. He could be waiting to eat each day, reptiles do form routines. Make sure he doesn't eat in the substrate or he could also ingest it and be impacted. Hm, sorry I don't really know much about what his behavior with not hiding is due to.

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Re: New Leo Not Hiding

Post by ThyUnholy on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:56 pm

It could be that you aren't feeding him enough but you don't want to feed him too much either because he can get a little chunky slowly, which isn't really a concern unless he is getting obese. I would maybe offer him a couple more mealworms. Try to keep a consistent schedule with his diet (Same amount of food each time, around the same time, supplements on a schedule too.) I wouldn't feed my leo only five mealworms but I don't know how big yours is, nor do I know how much a leo should eat if it is any smaller than my leo.

I feed my leo ten mealworms every morning and he usually comes up to the glass when I come in because he knows that he is fed every morning.

Gecko spends the majority of his time outside of his hides. I think it's just to see what's going on. Most of the time he only gets in his hides if I bother him when he doesn't want bothered or if there is a lot of commotion, though he sometimes just gets in the hides to look around or to get comfortable.

The only real advice I can give you is to check the temps in his hide and if they are the same as outside his hide then there really isn't a problem. The only reason I suggest this is because it could be too warm for comfort in there compared to outside or maybe even too cool.

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Re: New Leo Not Hiding

Post by Dakota314 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:51 am

LarissaLurid wrote:Make sure he doesn't eat in the substrate or he could also ingest it and be impacted.

He is on tile so hes not impacted. Don't worry, I don't use sand thumbs up 2

He has settled down a bit more. I bumped up his food to 8 mealworms a day, sometimes when I have crickets I will do something like 5 mealworms and 3 crickets.He is only 12 grams, so I think this should be a good amount of food, right?

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Post by ThyUnholy on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:57 pm

That should be enough. Just make sure you are supplementing and everything should be just fine.

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