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    I am attempting to set up a habitat for a new leopard gecko. Can you please advise as to the acceptability of this enclosure? The substrate is the excavator clay. I also have a UVB light, night time heat light and basking light. We want to make sure we have to bright before bringing him home. Thanks
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    do you have a heat mat? leopard geckos need belly heat to digest. your tank looks great though.

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    No, I do not. As I was researching the clay, every place said not to add a mat because it the clay could trap heat, making it hotter.

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    Your tank looks like it was put together with a lot of passion and very artistically well thought out. Nice looking hides too! However, I can notice a few issues. Leopard geckos have very specific requirements. Belly heat is important to provide to aid in digestion.

    Personally, I use textured ceramic tile for cleanliness and no risk of impaction (sand being swallowed inadvertently when feeding and then blocking the intestine.) What size is your tank? A 20 Gallon Long is a minimum recommendation for an adult Leo. Both to provide enough space for movement and to be able to provide a suitable temperature gradient.

    Is that your water dish or feeding dish in the middle of the tank? Either way, you will be getting sand in there often with the way it is set up. At the least I would put that tray on top of the sand. Leos do not bask as other reptiles do. Though some that have overhead heating have had some success having their gecko lay under the heat but only if the light is not too bright. Leos do not like overly bright environments. Most will stay hidden during the day as they are crepuscular by nature.

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