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    My son recently got a new crested gecko and everything appeared to be fine but found him lying dead in the bottom of the cage last night. Well my son way very upset and wants to get another one and I told him we need to figure out what happened to this one first. We bought a crested gecko setup that had all the things needed for him and it was a juvenile gecko. My son was having a hard time keeping the humidity levels where they were suppose to be and had to spray the enclosure a lot. The temperature was right at 70 degrees. He only had the gecko for 4 days when it died. Any information on how to keep humidity up and any other advise would be great. He just purchased a machine to pump in water to the enclosure to make it humid also.

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    Clarify what "all the things needed" were, including the cage dimensions and any food that was offered. If it was shipped to you, was it cold when it arrived?

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    12"x12"x18" zilla enclosure for crested gecko, came with a light we had a heat pad on the side of the enclosure. The food was repashy crested gecko food. The gecko was not shipped was bought at a pet store. We have a humidifier coming today as well as new pangea food.

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    Enclosure was a zilla 12"x12"x18" it came with a light, we bought plants, a heat pad for the side, a ledge feeder. The food was repashy crested gecko food. We ordered a humidifeir and some pangea food that is arriving today. The gecko was not shipped was bought at a pet store.

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    Tell us all about the environment - size of tank, substrate, decor, what you offered for food, where you got the gecko, how big/old was it, etc. 70 for temps sounds "ok" especially in the winter months, but is on the cool side, and mid 70's is preferred for daytime temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAD View Post
    Tell us all about the environment - size of tank, substrate, decor, what you offered for food, where you got the gecko, how big/old was it, etc. 70 for temps sounds "ok" especially in the winter months, but is on the cool side, and mid 70's is preferred for daytime temps.
    Its was a zilla 12"x12"x18" enclosure, food was repashy crested gecko, substrate was coconut fiber, we got the gecko at a pet store, was told gecko was 3 months old.

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    Coconut fiber is known to choke younger geckos. That is a very common mishap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tom View Post
    Coconut fiber is known to choke younger geckos. That is a very common mishap.
    So what do you recommend for a substrate?

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    Did you have any way of controlling the temp of the heat pad you are using? Heat pads can get way to hot for a crestie if not on a thermostat. They also don't contribute much to the actual temperature inside the tank, since they just heat the glass they are attached to. Was that where the temperature probe was? or was it somewhere else in the tank?

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    The heat pad was on the same side as the temperature probe. The heat pad just as an on and off.

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