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I know my gecko (Zippo) is still getting used to his new enclosure, but he did shed last night (i am almost positive). So should I check on him and make sure he doesn't have stuck shed anywhere or should I leave him alone and continue to let him get used to his enclosure without being bothered? I just want to make sure he is OK and didn't have any problems shedding but don't want to stress him out. Julie
You are absolutely correct in leaving this gecko alone as much as possible for the first 5-7 days. This gives the animal all the opportunity to get use to their new home, your temps/humidity, and (very important), gets into a good routine of eating. What you as the new care giver should do is handle the gecko as little as possible, set and keep their environment to their requirements, and mist/feed at a regular time frame.
However, if you have concerns, you will need to check on the gecko. If you can keep them in the enclosure and gently move them around for observation, that would be best. If you need a closer inspection, handling the gecko briefly may be necessary but keep the animal out of the enclosure for less then 5 minutes at a time and only once or twice a day for the first week.
If you do find un-shed skin still on the animal, maintain your misting schedule for a day or two and recheck. The animal may shed the skin normally during this time. If there is still an issue, follow the 5 minute rule above.
Can I keep 2 male geckos together? Will they fight? My males are together and they don't fight? Erika
There are several reasons males may not fight (and I am not insinuating anything by my comments)-
1. They are not healthy and fighting is not a priority
2. No females present- they don't care about fighting
3. Enclosure too small- no territory to establish
4. Enclosure is huge- they have plenty of room to establish their territories
5. They are just males that get along and are not threatened by each other.
With all this said- I always tell people it is just a matter of time.
I've raised males up together to about 1 year without issue. I would NEVER sell them though as 'being fine to keep together'. A new enclosure will change everything.
I also had a friend that purchased 3 males from a fellow vendor. I suggested that they would not work out together. For several shows, she made a stop by our table to let me know the 3 were still best pals. Around 1 year after purchase, I missed seeing her at a couple shows and when I caught up to her at the next, she did inform me that one male had killed the other two.
It's just a matter of time.
I have had two leopard geckos that I obtained after someone else had them for a couple years. I have had them now for about three years and have recently noticed something strange in their "poop corner". The first one was a couple of days ago. It looks like an egg but seems to be made of crystals and is hollow. Any idea what may be going on?? Heidi Friedel
Heidi, I see you answered your own question. Yes, these are eggs. Female will deposit their eggs somewhere other than the lay box if- 1. There is no lay box 2. The eggs are infertile, they have a physical issue and simply want to release the eggs. Normally eggs laid outside the box are infertile.
I bought a leopard gecko five nights ago, she still has not eaten and I bought live mealworms knowing that is what she was being fed. Should I be concerned? Candace Wilson
Candace, the very first question I have is- Do you have a hot spot for the gecko? They should have a warm spot (around 25% of the enclosure) around 92-94 degrees (measured on the substrate). Also, please realize that a new gecko takes 3-4 days to get acclimated. This one might be taking her time to get use to her new home. Finally make sure you change out those mealworms after a couple days as they lose their nutritional value if they are not eating a good food.
How do you build your custom dwarf gecko cages?- Andrew Krueger
I wish I had the time, patience, and skills to build these cages. However, I have assembled a collection over time of 2 & 3 gallon glass tanks, and 5-6 gallon acrylic enclosures. To blatantly endorse a friend's craftsmenship, I strongly suggest you check out Charles Schurman from Tundra Exotics as he is building me a bunch of new ones. Love the design.
I have a crested gecko and it seems her toes are forming into each other. What should I do?- Brooke E.
While you may or may not see it, the gecko probably walked through its food and it has dried on its feed. Do the following twice- put the gecko into a deli cup with a moist paper towel for a couple of hours. Do this tonight, then tomorrow. Let me know if those toes become 'unstuck'.
When a site sells a gecko with a "stub tail," always with a huge discount, what does this mean for the gecko in the future? Will the tail grow back always? What will it look like? Kristen R.
I believe you are refering to crested geckos that have lost their tail. No, they will not grow back unfortunately.
Other geckos (like leopard geckos) will grow their tail back but the tail will look a bit stubby and a different color. Sometimes the shape is called a 'turnup' . Finally, other geckos like gargoyle and chahoua geckos will grow back their tails with little or now evedence of a change.