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The best substrate for a leopard gecko

Discussion in 'General' started by travisgecko..., Oct 18, 2007.

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Best substate for a leopard gecko

  1. Wood chips

    1 vote(s)
    12.5%
  2. course sand

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. small pebbles

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. reptile mat

    7 vote(s)
    87.5%
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  1. travisgecko...

    travisgecko... Elite Member

    There has been lots of controversy on leopard gecko substrate i would like to know what to use.

    i know sand they can swallow and can be impaled.

    i was thinking reptile mat but i don't like how it look.

    wood chips, i am not sure of
     
  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    I would go with mat, shelf liner, slate etc.
     
  3. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    I would go with what the caresheet says.
     
  4. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    I'm sorry. I'm pretty sure the word you were looking for was "impacted." I'm picturing swallowed sand turning into a sword and impaling the gecko from the inside out. :D Sorry, in my head it's really funny. :D

    In my opinion, definitely the reptile mat, or paper towels or shelf liner is the best substrate for a leopard gecko. Any substrate like sand or gravel or some types of wood chip that is small enough to be swallowed can cause impaction. Simple substrates like paper towels or repti-carpets are very easy to clean up and run a lot less risk of molding or causing your pet to become sick.
     
  5. Lyn

    Lyn Elite Member

    I voted mat but I use newspaper LOL....mat was the lesser evil here...
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I use newspaper!
    Of what you have listed the mat is the best.
     
  7. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    The options you listed next to the mat are not good at all, I would advise you to read the caresheet:
    Leopard Gecko Caresheet

    It should answer most of your question before you even need to ask them.

    Taken DIRECTLY from the caresheet:
     
  8. travisgecko...

    travisgecko... Elite Member

    I cant use a mat! The ground is very rough polystyrene covered in cement.
     
  9. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    What exactly, or where exactly, are you placing this substrate? What do you mean the ground is polystyrene covered in cement? Are you trying to convert something into a Leopard Gecko enclosure?
     
  10. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    I use newspaper myself. My leos all seem to defecate in the same corner so i place a napkin there,,,then i just change the napkin daily.
     
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