Hi, I have a leopard gecko (5 yrs) in a 20 gallon tank, and have recently changed the habitat...
(added new stuff). I have a heat lamp on one side (around 100F while the other side is around 85F). But, since I changed things around in the habitat, my gecko stands on its hind legs against the glass (in the 85F area). He sleeps like this during the whole day. Before I changed things, he used to stay in his hiding place under the basking light, or close to it. What's wrong?
Little gecko might be saying he is too warm. Make sure the cool end is the temperature you mentioned by using the thermometer. I would say to line the bottom with paper towel, mist the paper towel completely and then see if the humidity helps him control his body temp.
85 is actually a little too low. You want the temperatures closer to 90F. They are nocturnal animals, so it's expected that they sleep during the day. Do you have an under tank heater? That is the best source of heat.
As for standing against the glass, it's probably just caused by the change of habitat. Just make sure to get a little more heat in the tank. 85 is a pinch too low.
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