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Do AFTs Absorb Water Through Skin

Discussion in 'African Fat-tailed Geckos' started by jengal, Feb 5, 2008.

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  1. jengal

    jengal Elite Member

    When I can see that they are getting ready to shed, I soak them in warm water for an hour or two. They seem to enjoy it. I'm wondering if this causes them to absorb water through the skin and, if so, would there any benefit to putting a little calcium powder or leo dust in to the water? Mocha is gravid, and I'm trying to do everything possible to help meet her increased nutritional requirements.

  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    No the skin is impenetrable to water. Otherwise the gecko would dry up!
    Neither would the vitamins do any good that way unless they were drinking the water.
  3. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Yeah, moisture softens up the skin that's about to be shed and makes it easier for them to shed it, but they can't directly take in water through the skin. That's one of the things that separates them from amphibians, which do take water in through their skin.
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