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Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

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    Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    While feeding my leopard gecko today, I noticed there were tiny fuzzy bugs in his tank. They look like little caterpillars. Does anyone know what these could be? I am going to clean his substrate right now, and hopefully whatever they are, they didn't harm him.






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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    What kind of substrate are you using for a leopard gecko???
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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    I use reptile carpet

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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    Do you have a picture of these white bugs? Also how often do you switch the carpet for clean carpet? Are any of your feeders getting under the carpet?
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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    They were a Grey/brown color. I haven't bought new carpet, I just wash/soak his carpet in vinegar. He is currently eating Crickets as recently hasn't bothered to touch his meal worms, and the meal worms have gotten under the carpet before.

    ETA: No I don't have a picture. They were way too small to get a picture of. Also, does Reptile Carpet need to regularly be replaced with new? I thought you could just clean it? Is there a better substrate you'd recommend?

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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    Carpet should be changed frequently, poop/urates will soak in the carpet and crickets will step in in and spread any bacteria that may be growing. Thats why I prefer to use ceramic/slate floor tiles, they hold the heat well and just wipe clean and are removable when necessary.
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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    Do you have any live plants in your tank? Or do you get little flies in your enclosure?
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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    There aren't any live plants in his tank, and I've never noticed little flies.

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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    It may be something that came in with your crickets. The suppliers use a little centipede looking thing to help clean up the cricket bins.
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    Re: Tiny Fuzzy Bugs in Sardonicus's Enclosure?

    I think Merlin has hit the nail on the head. I've gotten those 'hairy worms' several times with my crickets and I've been assured they will not harm a leo if he/she eats them. I usually try not to feed them to my Leopard Geckos just in case but I've had one get eaten now and again and it hasn't caused any harm.

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