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Q: Hiding Leopard Geckos
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I just purchased two juvenille leopard geckos. Since I bought them they have done nothing but hide no matter if it is day or night. My cage temperature is at 85 on the one end and 75 on the other with a humidity of 65 percent. I use sand as a substrate as that is what the pet store suggested and had in the cage.  Should I be using reptile carpet and could that be the reason they are always hiding?

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Accepted Answer 7/21/2008 3:41:26 PM

Noah Criswell
IMO you should raise the temp on the jot side to 90-95. The substrate is not the reason they are hiding. Its probably because they are young and a little scared. As they get more used to you and the surroundings they should warm up a bit and come out more.
Member Comment 7/21/2008 5:08:22 PM

They are also probably stressed from moving to a new place.  It usually takes a couple weeks for them to get use to their new home.
Member Comment 7/21/2008 10:16:52 PM

I'm not a fan of sand at all. The number one thing I have learned from experience is not to listen to any advice coming from a pet store employee or owner. Do your own research, internet, books, forums, etc. Yes, sand is part of their natural habitat but it gives too high of a risk for impaction. I personally use paper towels because is easier to clean and you'll know if they are actually eating or not (see feces).
About the hiding, TVR is right. Give them two weeks to settle in. Also when they are that young they hide a lot. They don't know if you're a predator or not. Let them see you walk around the room, hand feed them often (use tongs if necessary). They will eventually get used to you. Good luck
Member Comment 7/22/2008 12:00:21 AM

Noah Criswell
I have produced hundreds of leopard geckos and always used Calci sand. Not once have i ever had an impaction. I think it depends on the kind you use. Good luck im sure they will settle.
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