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What is better for leopard geckos cal sand or rug?

I have a leopard gecko enclosure and i am wondering if it is better to have rug in the tank or calcium sand ... please no immature answers

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The rug. Its far easier to clean then the calcium sand and you don't have to worry about impaction. Sand also can get in the geckos eyes, nose, ears, and it can dye the geckos skin colors along with irritating the geckos skin. Sand is also hard to clean out of tanks. Sand has to be replaced every time you clean the tank. When the gecko poops the bacteria in the poop will spread around the tank from the crickets stepping on it, the gecko stepping on it, etc.. Sand also pretty expensive. Carpet / rugs also have their problems. The geckos nails can be caught in the fibers and be pulled out. Teeth can get stuck in the carpet. You also might look into slate tiles or any other unglazed tiles. They work great and you don;t have to worry about impaction or the nails getting pulled out.
Aug 23, 2017
Definitely NOT calcium sand. Avoid any loose substrates - they are just too risky In fact, cali sand is probably the worst kind you could possibly get; it actually encourages the geckos to eat it obviously ending in horrid impaction and possibly death. Assuming by rug you mean reptile carpet then that would be the better option, along with slate tiles, newspaper and paper towels
Aug 23, 2017
A Rug because i use to use sand but it gave him an infection i had to take him to the vet. and the sand was very hard to clean!!
Aug 23, 2017
No loose substrates...especially not sand. I use non-adhesive shelf liner. It's cheap, easy to clean, and can be cut to size. It's what I use in all my reptile cages. You can find it at any store.
Aug 23, 2017
You need to use a desert sand substrate.
Aug 23, 2017

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