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    Hi! First post on this site, I was just wondering if Eco Earth is safe to use with a 3-4 months old Leopard Gecko? I'm currently using paper towel and while there's nothing wrong with that, I want to provide a more natural look for the enclosure.

    Also, is it normal that my Gecko stays in his warm hide almost all the time? I got him a week ago so that might be why? Or are the temps a bit too low? (Roughly around 73f air temp and 92f for the UTH)

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! What size is your leo's enclosure? Cms are fine.

    I don't recommend Eco Earth's coco fiber for a substrate, at least not yet. There's too much chance of impaction for a young leo. Have you thought about 1/4-3/8 inch thick textured ceramic tile instead? Textured tile conducts heat well and is easy to clean.

    Are those temps both air temps? It's the ground temp underneath the warm dry hide that's most important. Leos use belly heat to digest their prey. The cool end often mimics room temperature.

    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C):
    • 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) ground temperature right underneath a leo's warm dry hide
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7.
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    Hi thanks for the info! My enclosure is 36" by 18" and 12" high. 92F is the temperature for the UTH (so ground) while ~75F is my ambient room temperature. I have my UTH thermostat set to 85F for night time however, should I change that?

    I have not considered tiles but I will look into it. Are plastic tiles ok for them? Also at what age is it considered safe to use Eco Earth? I would assume at the adult stage but I'm no expert!

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    People who choose to use a particle substrate usually wait till the gecko is an adult. If you look for bioactive setups you'll find info. There's a Facebook group for that. Lightly textured beige looks pretty good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saren View Post
    Hi thanks for the info! My enclosure is 36" by 18" and 12" high. 92F is the temperature for the UTH (so ground) while ~75F is my ambient room temperature. I have my UTH thermostat set to 85F for night time however, should I change that?

    I have not considered tiles but I will look into it. Are plastic tiles ok for them? Also at what age is it considered safe to use Eco Earth? I would assume at the adult stage but I'm no expert!
    You're welcome! A 36 x 18 x 12 inch makes a great leo enclosure. 88-92*F = ideal temp underneath the warm dry hide.

    What dimensions is your UTH?

    Plastic tiles are too slippery. Eco Earth's coco fiber is really not good for leos' substrate no matter what age. When coco fiber is dry, it's too fluffy and could easily be ingested when a leo hunts for prey. Even if you use a feeding bowl, the feeder could escape. When coco fiber is damp, it holds too much humidity for a leo.

    When your leo is about 18 months old and after you get some leo experience under your belt, consider a bioactive substrate like a mixture of dirt and sand. Some home improvement stores often custom cut tiles for a small fee.

    Which thermostat do you have? Set your thermostat for 91*F. After the thermostat turns off enclosure temps may rise a bit. If you have something like Hydrofarm's Jump Start thermostat, temps drop several degrees before the thermostat turns your UTH back on.
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