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  • Seahorse
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    I think this is (and probably will continue to be) a hot subject for all leo owners.
    The fact is calci sand is bad news. They lick things on a regular basis as they move around. If it is calci sand, you can bet she'll lick it up on purpose getting her calcium intake.
    Anyone that has watched a leo die first hand as a result of impaction never wants to see anything even close to that happening again. It's brutal to say the least. When people know of ways to reduce a risk like this, they should prevent it. It's part of responsible reptile keeping. It's kind of on the same level as allowing a cat to sit inside the enclosure with a leo... Risky.
    If you are wanting a naturalistic look to the enclosure, you could layer some rocks, large enough that they can not be accidentally injested of course, and make sure they are secure enough that they won't topple over.
    What's more important here is that the leo is safe from obvious danger and taken care of regardless of whether it's more appealing to the eye. I'm sure if purple is what you want to see at the bottom of the cage, I bet they sell purple shelf liner. It would make spot cleaning easier as well.
    Just a couple ideas.

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  • JMExotics
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    OK The OP is very well aware of what "COULD" happen with keeping the gecko on sand. While we do not use it anymore we NEVER had a problem with the many geckos we kept on it. So rather than trying to bash it in peoples head just make sure they are aware of the problem you think they have and be done with it. Too many times people will be RUDE about the subject. I am sure some people have had cresties get impacted from some of the normally used substrates.

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  • Sublime Reptiles
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    tid bit about calci-sand, it is not digestable. Has your gecko been doing fine on it? Yes. But is that a guarentee that some day it may it ingest the stuff (which is terribly jagged and known to cause intestional ruptures). Here is a link of what can happen as you will notice this was a 3 year old female housed on sand, so age and time on the sand has nothing to do with it.
    http://homepage.mac.com/exoticdvm/re...oAlbum181.html

    It isnt a debate when things like this are known, it is simply a fact in which people wish to ignore because it hasnt happened to them YET. This sand proves to hold no benifit other then you will notice your geckos feet are stained becuase of it. Sand houses and breed bacteria quite quickly, as I said it is not digestable so the calcium in it is of absolutely no use to your gecko, and you are just plain putting it at risk over beauty when infact this species of reptile doesnt even come from the desert it comes from a rocky area.

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  • Ihkura
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    "Impaction caused by loose substrates develop overtime, so the symptoms are more gradual. Most of the time it will go unseen until it is too late.

    Calci-Sand, Vita-Sand, and other calcium based sand is a BIGno-no. Do not trust the manufacturer's label as digestible. Because it contains calcium, reptiles are more likely to eat it, but where calcium is good, sand is not."

    From "What is Reptile Impaction" : http://hubpages.com/hub/Impaction

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  • FastFoward5k
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    I agree with the others, get her off the sand! Sand gives the geckos absolutely NO benefits - they are not burrowing geckos nor are they "happier" on sand. Calcium sand (like you are using), in particular, is dangerous for animals. It encourages them to consume the sand, which is potentially fatal if enough is consumed. I use reptile carpet for my leopard gecko, but paper towels and non-adhesive shelf liner are good choices too.

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  • Julee
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    Originally posted by Ihkura View Post
    It was only a suggestion to ensure she's safe(no guessing games, no worrying), save you some money, and prevent the heartache that we've experienced. No need to be rude about it, we're just offering you our experience.
    Agreed. Just because she HAS been doing okay on sand doesn't mean that she always will do okay on sand. For the saftey of your animal, please get her off it, there are many other substrates that will suit her better.

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  • hippieflea
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    Aww, I got my first leopard gecko recently actually! (: I love the hypo color on her!

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  • Ihkura
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    Originally posted by ThornPython4 View Post
    Oh please don't give me the sand talk again. I have heard enough about it. She has been on sand for most of her life before I got her, so, she is doing just fine.
    It was only a suggestion to ensure she's safe(no guessing games, no worrying), save you some money, and prevent the heartache that we've experienced. No need to be rude about it, we're just offering you our experience.

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  • Melissa N.
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    Clementine looks nice! I have one very similar to her ; )
    I love the Leos too. Have fun with her!
    P.S. As someone posted, www.geckoforums.net, and, www.geckosunlimited.com

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  • ThornPython4
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    Oh please don't give me the sand talk again. I have heard enough about it. She has been on sand for most of her life before I got her, so, she is doing just fine.

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  • CaptHowdy
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    Awesome lil girl you've got there!

    I highly suggest you get her off sand. (the people who sell the colored sand add calcium to the sand, which makes them more inclined to ingest it if additional calcium is not supplied) Reptile carpet (Inexpensive, easily washed), slate tiles (again, very easily cleaned) or simple paper towels would be best. They don't come from a sandy area and since they're bug eaters, this causes impaction. I personally have rescued a leo with impaction. It's not a fun thing to fix.

    Also a humid hide should be supplied to aid in shedding. (:

    If you have any further questions feel free to message me.

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  • Seahorse
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    gecko forums dot net is pretty informative. Loads of info there! Congrats on your new one!

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  • ThornPython4
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    No, I can't find a good Leo Gecko forum at all...

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  • MaddoxDobes
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    Beautiful!! Congrats!

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  • rhatfield
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    Very cute, congrats! are you on a leopard gecko forum also?

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