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    Both of my Leo’s have bioactive enclosures. I have a few different subspecies of Aloe, non-toxic succulents, and air plants. I was looking to add a few more plants and was looking at the bio dude’s website to see him selling String-of-pearls as a good plant for leopard gecko setups.. Trouble is that they are listed as toxic to humans and pets. I know Leo’s won’t take a bite out of it but it worries me that they’ll eat the cleanup crew. Do you think it’s okay to have them in the enclosure?
    I also was gifted two different succulents Senecio Vitalis or Narrow-leaf Chalksticks and Sedum Rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ or Pink Frank and Beans.. Both of them are considered toxic to pets and humans (which I can’t find how toxic).. would it be okay to add them in? I also have to mention that my clean up crew are super small (Buffalo cleaner beetles, dwarf purple isopods, and temperate springtails) and personally I’ve never seen my Leo’s eat them..

    Ps: I watch my humidity like a hawk (some people like to argue about bio leo setups)... I have spikes every now and then due to where I live.. I use humidity pockets and semi deep soil for the isopods and springtails to live
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    I don't think the cleanup crew eats plants particularly. Some people would say if there's even the slightest chance of toxicity not to use the plant, but I feel that with leos and tiny cleanup bugs, it's probably OK. I would imagine, though, that string of pearls would require a moister enclosure than a leopard gecko cage.

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    Yeah I’ve never seen my Leo’s hunt the crew. Plus not to mention that people keep certain types of pothos in bios which are also considered toxic. Also String-of-pearls do require a bit more watering/humidity then some other plants (maybe good around the humid hide I assume). I might risk it (unless someone states otherwise) because I think as long as the plant doesn’t cause irritation to skin they will be fine. I watch my Leo’s like a hawk so if I notice any changes I’ll remove the plants (I also have assess to a vet if need be).

    Plus I think that they would have to eat the entire crew before I’d see any side effects anyway.
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