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Posted by eliotm on April 02, 2003 at 06:58:26:
In Reply to: Weird behavior.........(phelsuma mad. grandis) posted by nasr_36 on April 01, 2003 at 20:06:50:
Opening mouth under basking lamp is probably fine, like someone else said, this is a way of cooling off. Put a thermometer on this spot (nice digital ones from Radioshack for $10) and monitor how hot it gets. The tank for these guys should be between 80 and 90. The hot spot shouldn't get much hotter. If it is, move the light back or get a lower wattage.
Rundquist says in Day Geckos that sand or fine gravel should not be used for a substrate, beacuse "like many geckos, day geckos have a habit of trying to eat sand or small gravel, probably due to nutritional deficiency. Ingested sand or gravel will lead to all sorts of internal problems for your animals." Is the blood related to the gravel? I don't know, but I'd get rid of it.