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    Coco Fiber Substrate??

    Ok, I use reptile carpet now but it is very boring and not very cool looking. I know sand is a no-no because of impaction, but what about coco fiber? My leo isnt very old, he's like 5 inches.






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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    My brother used coco fiber as a substrate with his tiny baby water dragon and everything was fine as far as impaction goes.

    If you are letting crickets run around then he might swallow the stuff accidentally, but if you just have a dish with mealies you should be okay.

    I personally use peat moss and I rip off the 'jumping legs' and some walking legs before putting crickets into my dish, that way they wiggle around but can't climb out of the dish. It works great if you don't mind ripping cricket legs off..

    Sometimes I just remove the jumping legs and let the cricket walk around my floor when I let my gecko roam around, its fun to see her chase and pounce the crickets.
    Good luck!

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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    Jellotoad is mistaken. Water dragons and leopard geckos have completely different requirements. No, cocofiber shouldn't be used with leopard geckos. It is an impaction risk, isn't natural, retains moisture, etc.

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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    if you want something more natural, go for some large pieces of slate, they live on rocks and in crevices in the wild.
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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    I second Liz. I use slate for some of my reptiles and it works great. And you can still use a Under Tank Heater with it because it retains the heat.
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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    Sorry, I guess I was wrong. Is peat moss bad to use? She was in peat moss when I bought her off the breeder at the expo, and she seems fine on it.

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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    If you are talking about a Leopard gecko, then, yes. The peatmoss not only poses an impaction risk but when dry is dusty and can be inhaled causing respiratory issues.
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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    Thanks Merlin, so peatmoss only in the humid hide is okay? I guess I gotta go buy some slate today.

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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    Peatmoss in the hide is fine, yes. At the show they probably used peat moss due to the fact that is a dark color and you will see the gecko better, and for humidity.
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    Re: Coco Fiber Substrate??

    Thanks moogle (your name reminds me of ff, haha) my dad has some tile, can I use that? Or would slate be better?

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