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Leopard Gecko Substrates

Leopard Gecko Substrate Ideas

Leopard Gecko Substrates

Leopard gecko substrates is an often discussed and debated topic when dealing with the proper husbandry of the leopard gecko.

Those that breed their leopard geckos often maintain the simplest of setups to make cleaning easier and to limit the chance of any risks associated with particulate substrates, such as impaction. The average enthusiast who is looking to display their leopard gecko in a communal area of the home is seeking a more attractive enclosure that showcases their leopard gecko. These enthusiasts typically are led to sand as a substrate choice under the false pretense that they are providing their leopard gecko with a natural substrate.

The Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos

From the few published reports, leopard geckos occur in areas of clay soils with or without some surface sand, or with alluvial soils (formed of sediments deposited by flowing water), as well as from rocky areas. One report noted leopard geckos avoided sandy soils. The above information offers rough guidelines for possible substrates in captivity. A common feature is the dryness of the substrates and the arid or semi-arid nature of the habitats. (2005, p.53)

The Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos

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In the wild, the habitat of a species is depictive of the food sources available in that location, the climate, and the availability of shelter. Sand, when it comprises a vast majority of the natural terrain, is not a suitable location for this species. The reasoning is fairly simple. In an environment encompassed by sand, the population of feeder prey and adequate shelter would be limited.

This section is going to discuss varying substrates that can be used with leopard geckos and any complications that could arise from their use.

Use the links below to learn more about the two types of substrates that can be used with leopard geckos. Below the links we have a brief overview and explanation of the two types of substrates.

Natural Leopard Gecko Substrates

Natural leopard gecko substrates are often sought so the owner can create a beautiful display enclosure for their leopard geckos. The naturalistic appeal of such an enclosure is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also adds to the realistic behavioral displays exhibited by the leopard geckos being housed. Naturalistic enclosures are typically more work to maintain, but they allow for landscaping, plant growth, and a beauty unlike that created with artificial substrates.

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Artificial Leopard Gecko Substrates

Artificial leopard gecko substrates are those that are man made. They are items found around the home or that can be purchased and used as a safe alternative to risking an impaction using particulate substrates. These artificial substrates are typically much easier to maintain. Breeders will often use artificial substrates, or no substrate at all with their leopard geckos as to not risk any medical issues with their investments.

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