This is the terrarium I got yesterday, just set it up today. It’s not getting warm enough because I forgot to get a undertank heater orz. I’m really confused on whether or not to get sand?? Some sites say it causes problems but at the same time it’s for a leopard gecko which is a desert lizard? Any advice would be useful. I’m going to be a first time gecko owner.
Hello! :D Congrats on your soon-to-be pet! Leos are such great little animals.
Don’t use sand, please! In the wild, leopard geckos actually live on hard-packed dirt or clay, not sand. Personally, I just use paper towel as substrate. My gecko loves shredding it. She makes her own little bed. But slate tile is also good. It’s quite cheap, reusable, and easy to clean. Another substrate is reptile carpet, but I don’t like it because it tends to get stinky.
You’ll want another two hides at the very least. One hide for the warm side, one for the cool side, and a humid hide. The humid hide is just a hide with damp moss or paper towel inside (some people also use coconut fiber or something similar). This hide is very important, especially for young geckos. It helps them shed. A poor shed can result in lost toes.
Be sure to get a thermostat for the under-the-tank heater. It will make sure the heater turns off when it gets too warm, preventing burns.
To be honest, you don’t even need the extra lights; leopard geckos are nocturnal, so they don’t really benefit from overhead lighting. Certain morphs——abinos and enigmas——- are extremely sensitive to extra lights. There’s still debate on whether or not night time lamps (like the colored ones, usually colored red or blue or purple) are safe.
Lizardbeans is a great person to talk to about gecko care.
EDIT: also! Be careful with those thermometers. They’re pretty notorious for giving incorrect temperatures. ZooMed makes a nice probe thermometer for 7 or 8 dollars. Temp guns are also good.
I agree with all of this. If you are getting an albino ditch the lights for sure! I even throw blankets over the side of my tanks that get sun light (not direct, direct sun is bad for tanks) that have albinos. Most are very irritated by light. For normals I just take them outside when its warm enough for natural light. From what I’ve learned red lights can bother their eyes. Some geckos seem uninfected while others can not handle it. Also another thing to consider about moist hides, if your gecko stays in it most of the time I would only offer it when they are shedding. Excess moisture can cause Leos respiratory infections. For substrate I use both paper towel and tile. My geckos love to lay out on the tile after they eat a big meal (I put the tile on the hot side) and seem very comforted by it.
Thanks! I actually just found out about needing 3 hides. I got some books, but apparently the internet is still a better source when it comes to keeping different types of pets. I know now I’m probably going to need a bigger tank in the future, but I think the one I’m getting is going to be fairly young to start so this might be okay…for now?
Thanks for the info on the thermometers. I was sort of wondering how well-made they were. They seem kind of cheap-ish and ineffectual.
Thanks for the info, this is all extremely helpful!
it will be fine for young. I use 10 gallon size tanks for quarantine holders and slightly smaller for hatchlings (Ill switch them over when They seem too big for their current tanks) 10 gal can work for a smaller adult but they will always enjoy extra wiggle room to explore!
Pokémon – Old Gateau
With the return of Gourmet Gaming, I felt a return to the classics (in terms of both food and games) as a gentle ease in would be best. Pokémon recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ where gamers set aside their differences and took part in some (mostly) jolly co-operation in a bid to become Pokémon master. When it came to the Old Gateau, I decided to base the recipe on the traditional Japanese treat of Uirō, which is rather similar to Mochi in texture and taste. I decided only a sweet from the Edo period could have survived so long in the Old Chateau. I like to think maybe it’s the final tasty evolution of a Gengar…
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I’m in the process of making tomes for my FE:A Henry cosplay.
The red is a Valflame tome. The purple is a Grima’s Truth tome.
The world ends, Godzilla begins.
All Artwork Copyright Olivier SILVEN.
urhotmess said: How do you make the flowers for the flower crown? like specifically what material is it? Its super cool and I want to make one I just don't know what I need.
Hmm, I just reblogged it from another site, but I think I can help you in terms of what to buy and how to do it. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the complete photo post that shows you what you need. In any event, here’s the list:
- Nail polish
- Floral wire, a thin bendable wire is ideal. 26 Gauge is fine.
- Floral Tape
- Wire cutters/scissors
- a pencil or cylindrical object to wrap the petals around
- Ribbon (optional)
- First, you’re gonna need to make the crown. You can do this by using the wire you already have or you can use an old headband or anything that you like that resembles a headpiece. Thicker wire is also fine for this step. As you can see, OP twisted two pieces of wire together and left loops at the end (to attach the ribbon). Then they covered it in brown floral tape.
- The second step is to make the flowers. Using your pencil/cylindrical object, twist the wire around it to create a ‘petal’. Repeat this until you have at least a couple of petals. 3-6 is usually fine, it’s really your call.
- SLIGHTLY bend the petals back to create a natural looking petal.
- After you are satisfied with the shape of your petals, cut out your flower, leaving some wire left to attach it to your crown.
- Repeat the first few steps and make the rest of your flowers.
- Take one of your flowers and CAREFULLY apply nail polish to it, one petal at a time. Think of it like making bubbles. It may be easier to pour the nail polish in a flat plate and dip it, or dip the entire flower into the polish.Repeat this for all your remaining flowers.
- Twist the two ends of your flowers together to form a ‘stem’.
- Wrap the stems with floral tape, preferably with the same color you used in the base of the crown.Repeat this for all your remaining flowers.
- The third step will be attaching the flowers to your crown. You can do this a few ways. One way is to wrap the stems around the crown. Another way is to just wrap the stems with floral tape as you go along, like the OP did.Do this until all your flowers have been attached to your crown.
- At this point, you can tie the ribbons to the loops like OP did, or decorate it any other way you like. :)
Enjoy your new floral crown!
- You can purchase most of the items in Walmart, Michael’s or any craft or flower store. You can also order it online. :)
- REMEMBER, this tutorial is just a guide. If you don’t want to use brown floral tape or if you prefer using the green floral wire, don’t be afraid to change it up. You can use any color or material your heart desires.
This is the link to the DIY Floral Crown post.
Sorry for replying late. I hope this helps you with making your own crown. :)
holy shit this nail polish thing is so clever! 8O
This would be an amazing way to use up old nail polish…