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    After feeding my gecko tonight, I watched him for a few minutes and saw him go into his moist hide box and begin licking water droplets from the bottom, which is lined with wet paper towels. I've seen him do this before, and haven't really thought much of it. He always does this, even though I've also seen him drink from his normal water supply that I refill. However, tonight I noticed him actually eating (or at least tearing up, I'm not sure if he swallowed any) the wet paper towels. I was concerned about impaction, so I took the hide box out, but then realized he still needs a moist hide for shedding and such. I replaced the paper towels with a washcloth I cut up to fit on the bottom, and am now using that for now. I don't think he's impacted, as his eating seems normal.

    So, I guess my question is, has anyone else had their gecko eat paper towels? And, does anyone know of any risks of using a washcloth as a substitute for the paper towels in the hide box? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kane14 View Post
    After feeding my gecko tonight, I watched him for a few minutes and saw him go into his moist hide box and begin licking water droplets from the bottom, which is lined with wet paper towels. I've seen him do this before, and haven't really thought much of it. He always does this, even though I've also seen him drink from his normal water supply that I refill. However, tonight I noticed him actually eating (or at least tearing up, I'm not sure if he swallowed any) the wet paper towels. I was concerned about impaction, so I took the hide box out, but then realized he still needs a moist hide for shedding and such. I replaced the paper towels with a washcloth I cut up to fit on the bottom, and am now using that for now. I don't think he's impacted, as his eating seems normal.

    So, I guess my question is, has anyone else had their gecko eat paper towels? And, does anyone know of any risks of using a washcloth as a substitute for the paper towels in the hide box? Thanks!
    Seems like some leos will eat ANYTHING . Have you tried placing sphagnum moss in a small "pillow case" for him to lay on?

    How is the washcloth working?

    Does he have pure calcium in his tank 24/7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Seems like some leos will eat ANYTHING . Have you tried placing sphagnum moss in a small "pillow case" for him to lay on?

    How is the washcloth working?

    Does he have pure calcium in his tank 24/7?
    I haven't tried the moss, only because I'm afraid he'd eat that too but that's a good point, maybe I could try to find some sort of "pillow case" type thing for it.

    The washcloth seems to be working just fine, I haven't noticed any problems thus far.

    And, no, he doesn't, as per my vets instructions.

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    Why would your vet advise against leaving pure calcium (without D3) in the tank?

    Some geckos will eat random things in their enclosure i.e. paper towel, moss, substrate, etc. if they are lacking certain vitamins or nutrients in their diet. If you don't have a small bowl or bottle cap of calcium in his enclosure and he feels he needs additional calcium in his system, he may be trying to regain it from his paper towel.
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