I bought a juvenile leopard gecko two days ago and today it seems a little dehydrated. It's tail seems to have shrunk overnight as well.

What's the best way to get it drinking? I have a water bowl in it's enclosure, but it seems to spend all its time hiding
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I bought a juvenile leopard gecko two days ago and today it seems a little dehydrated. It's tail seems to ... get it drinking? I have a water bowl in it's enclosure, but it seems to spend all its time hiding

Grannie,
Place it in a shallow bowl (container/rubbermade tub/ whatever) of water for approximately 30 minutes, twice a day for 2-3 days. The Gecko, like most reptiles, won't hydrate by means of absorbing water, but will many times use this opportunity to drink copious amounts of water if it is indeed dehydrated.
I have used this method many times for my Geckos as well as Bearded Dragons. You could also think about adding a small amount of Pedialyte or Gatorade to the water which will give your critter the added benefit of essential electrolytes.
Good luck!
~Wade
The gecko seems fine now. The only time I saw him drink was on Saturday when I placed him in a saucer of water which he promptly jumped out of. I placed droplets of water on the end of his nose and he drank by licking it off. I say he, but it could be a she! It's only about 3 months old so, correct me if I'm wrong, it's too young to be sexed yet.
The only thing he's in danger of now is exploding, he's stuffed himself so full of crickets!
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I say he, but it could be a she! It's only about 3 months old so, correct me if I'm wrong, it's too young to be sexed yet.snip

You're corrected. Look for the pre-anal pores; if they have them they are male, if they lack them, they are female. You may need magnification if they are very young, but at three months old you may not.

Chad
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I say he, but it could be a she! It's ... if I'm wrong, it's too young to be sexed yet.

snip You're corrected. Look for the pre-anal pores; if they have themthey are male, if they lack them, they are female. You may need magnification if they are very young, but at three months old youmay not.

"femoral pores"
Some baby leos seem easier to sex than others. I've seen some that could be ID'ed at just a couple of weeks, others I was unsure about for months and months.
fr0glet
Some baby leos seem easier to sex than others. I've seen some >that could be ID'ed at just a couple of weeks, others I was unsure >about for months and months. fr0glet

I'm unsure about this one, I haven't looked at it under a magnifiying glass but there seems to be a tiny row of scales that could be pre-anal scales, but could also be just a row of scales. The head is narrow and pointy, so it could be a female, but then again it could be a male because it has what could be hemepenal bulges behind its tail, but not having much experience sexing leos (this is the first one I've tried to sex) I have no idea.

It's 4 inches long from the tip of it's snout to the end of its tail. Any idea on how old it could be?
All in all, though, it's appears to be a healthy little cricket cruncher
The Leopard Gecko Manual referred to them as pre-anal. When I quote something, I do it right. Emotion: wink
Which reminds me I need to e-mail my answer to the reptiles contest.

Chad
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They ARE pre-anally located, but the name of the pores is femoral.

fr0glet
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According to a website I visited on sexing leo gecks, they have both femoral and pre-anal pores.
Femoral refers to the femur in the leg
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