View Full Version : nephrurus and sand compaction???

10-05-2006, 07:55 PM
Has anyone every had any problems with sand impaction in knob tails??? Just curious, cause I heard of someone talking about his knobtail dying due to this.

10-05-2006, 08:55 PM
Never seen it.

10-05-2006, 09:00 PM
When there is a good sand, I dont think that that could happen!

10-06-2006, 02:25 AM
hello, well i never had any problems with that, and i keep all my geckos right after the hatching, on the red sand, but i have heard that also, that some people have lost youngs ( esp. amyae ) in that reason.
regards stefan

10-06-2006, 01:09 PM
Once I lost an adult female N.l.occidentalis from sand impaction.

10-07-2006, 05:38 AM
I've kept all of my geckos on sand for years and I've never had any impactation problems.

My hypothesis: if an animal is healthy there is a neglible chance for problems due to sand impactation. However, an animal that is already suffering from some illness runs a higher risk to an impactation.


10-11-2006, 07:15 PM
yesssssssss i have i had 2 baby levis levis die cause when they were eating they missed alot and got sand clogged in there throat and dies i was very mad sooo now i keep all mine on green shop towles very good easy 2 clean 2 but i keep my wheeleri on calci sand cause they like 2 dig in it and stuff but i wouldnt put babies on there well thats my opinion

Ken Bartenfeld
10-11-2006, 07:18 PM
I am also keeping mine on a no sand gimmick...ordering some sand though for the adults and keeping babies on papertowels.

10-11-2006, 08:57 PM
I can see how the N. levis levis died from impaction. Mine have terrible aim! They take like 3 shots just to get a silkworm in their mouths, it halarious (they are getting better)! So I keep mine on paper towel until they are older. Thats what I would do with all babies, not just the knobs.

10-11-2006, 10:16 PM
i agree with steve, it would probly be better for development in a young geckos life. i keep all my babies on paper towel, incase they do miss and ingest lots of sand :)

10-12-2006, 11:31 PM
I keep all my hatchlings and adults on washed beach sand. The wave action smooths out each granule of sand, so it doesn't tear them up.
I have never had any problems with this method. However, if you don't have access to beach sand, I would recommend paper towel as a preventative measure.

Nicole Chaney

10-12-2006, 11:40 PM
Nicole, where did you pick up that washed beach sand?
I keep all mine on play sand but like the sounds of what you just said.

10-12-2006, 11:54 PM
Well, I live very close to the coast....its about a 1/2 hr trip to the beach, so I just lug a bunch of it home and wash it carefully myself.

Nicole Chaney

Ken Bartenfeld
10-13-2006, 12:00 AM
Would it be the same at my beach you think Nicole? I live 10 mins from a beach and about 30 mins from Clearwater...where do you collect it? Near the shore? Because I notice alot of shells.

Thanks ;-)

10-13-2006, 01:06 AM
I would recommend trying to find uniform sand with small grains, near the water. If there's a lot of shells in it then try another beach lol!


10-13-2006, 04:11 AM
i live close 2 the beach 2 like 45 min away from halfmoon bay maybe i should try that lol