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    Question Crickets Laid Eggs in Gecko Tank


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    My daughter realized last night that some of the crickets she gave her leopard gecko have bred and hatched eggs. We now have tiny baby crickets all over the tank.

    The coloring of her gecko suggests that he's ready to shed, but he's been pretty gray for about a week now and hasn't shed.

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    What do we do about all the crickets?
    Why is he not shedding and should we do anything?

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    I would suggest a full tank clean-out. Normally, a cricket wouldn't lay eggs on paper towels or repti carpet. What substrate are you using?

    As for the gray gecko, if you are using sand as a substrate, sand could cloud their skin and make them look gray. A pic would help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaGeckoMan0260 View Post
    I would suggest a full tank clean-out. Normally, a cricket wouldn't lay eggs on paper towels or repti carpet. What substrate are you using?

    As for the gray gecko, if you are using sand as a substrate, sand could cloud their skin and make them look gray. A pic would help.
    She is using Eco Earth as a substrate, and had some sphagnum moss in one of the hides, also. Is that not an ideal substrate?

    As far as the gray coloring, we’re not using sand and he hasn’t shed yet, so we were thinking that coloring indicated he would shed soon, but the discovery of the baby crickets has us thinking it might be stress?

    Attaching a picture. He looks a bit more gray in person than he does in the pictureA8236FB5-BC6F-4BB4-AE5F-6112DF786D4F.jpgA8236FB5-BC6F-4BB4-AE5F-6112DF786D4F.jpg

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    Eco Earth is a good substrate. I use reptile carpet and paper towles, but coco fiber works well, too.

    Your leo looks healthy! From the pics I can't see much gray coloring, but I would think he's fine. As I said before, I would change out all the soil and replace it with new stuff.

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    Too late now, but I would suggest not leaving the crickets in for too long. If mine does not eat the crickets I put in (one at a time, as he eats them) I pull them out after 20-25 minutes. We definitely don't leave any crickets in over night. All the best to you!

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