I am new to this site and I am new to Leopard Geckos. I have owned reptiles in the past including snakes, Iguana's and a Savana Monitor.
Two weeks ago, I purchased 2 young Leopard Geckos for my 6 year old son. Prior and after the purchase I attempted to read every on-line article, care sheet and I purchased a book on Leopard Geckos at the pet store and I read it to my son. I knew in advance that the pet store employees were not a good source of care information for reptiles.
Here is my situation: Most of the care sheets are consistant as far as diet and temperature gradients.
20 Gallon long
Zilla Terrarium Liner
75 watt reptile day light
50 watt reptile night light
shallow water dish
small shallow dish of calcium (Rep-Cal phosphourus free, ultra fine with d-3)
Shallow dish for meal worms
3 hiding places in 3 locations (one moist)
My problem is that the geckos do not eat regularly. In the two weeks that they have been here. I have only seen one of them eat twice. I feed them crickets dusted with Calicum evey night and normally I remove the majority the next morning. They have not touched the mealworms and appear not to be interested in them at all. The mealworms are offered 24/7 in there feeding dish and are dusted with calcium.
One of the geckos shed thee days ago and continues to be lethargic. It seems to hide more then it's cage mate and has since day one.
From what I have read, most causes for being letargic and not eating are enviormental. I am haveing trouble optaining the recommended temp gradient.
The ambient air temp is always in the 80f range. The surface temps varry . Above the undertank heater the floor reads slightly over 100f, the center of the tank floor reads 84f and the cool side reads 74-76f. These are daytime temps and varry slightly at night. I no longer use the day light because it makes it warmer on the hot side. I do use the night light on the cool side 24/7. One of the Geckos likes to bask in it. The humidity varries between 20% and 40% in the center of the tank. I buy the smallest crickets that I can. I haven't found pinheads and I use small mealworms.
The both appear thin with thin tails. How long can they go with out eating properly. I was under the impression that they need to eat daily as youngsters. Do I need to force feed them? If so what, how much and how often? Is the temp gradient out of control?
I understand that there is an adustment period for the new home. It has been two weeks and I have only let my son handle them once. I go in to the cage daily to clean it, change the water and to check if they are alive. Should they still be stressed out, Are they ill, should they eat daily? Is this just a simple temp adjustment?