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    Hey guys, so my boyfriend has decided to get a leopard gecko, and after looking online has decided he wants to use sani chips/ bark. I didn't think this was a wise choice, I told him he's better off with carpet or tile. What do you guys think? Just want to make sure it's not going to be harmful. Thanks!

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    sani chips is not a good choice.

    carpet is convenient, but simply washing it won't kill everything and over time gross stuff will build up in the fibers.

    IMO, tile's the best and easiest to clean; it also looks nice and will feel somewhat more "natural" to the gecko than anything like carpet.

    however, I'm not the Leo expert by any stretch - I would encourage you to search the forums here; this question comes up very often.
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    Thank you Aimless! I showed him this post. Told him just to be safe and not use it. Told him he can't believe everything he hears and especially off the Internet/YouTube.

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    Just to drive the point home, since I know some people can be a bit stubborn. Leopard Gecko Health and Problems If you look at the last picture, you can see where a gecko swallowed a wood chip and passed it - a very unpleasant experience, I'm sure. The "bark" poses the same problem. I know of one person whose gecko had dropped its tail with no explanation, and after a vet looked at it, it was determined the it had swallowed a piece of bark and the pain had made it drop its tail. (Can't verify it myself, of course. Just something someone said had happened to their gecko.)

    Even though I don't use it, slate would be the best option for someone just starting out. Virtually no risks at all involved with it.

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    Thank you guys so much. I showed him all these posts and he finally understood it wasn't me "just starting an arguement." That I was telling him for his own good, and for his future geckos sake. We're going to slowly buy everything then once we have everything set up and working perfectly were going to get his gecko. Here in the San Fransisco Bay Area we have a place called the east bay vivarium. It's a wonderful place, sells all kinds of reptiles amphibians and aracnids, much better than any chain pet store. The workers know their stuff about reptiles too so I told him I'd take him there and we could get one there. Don't want him to have to go through some of the problems pet store animals tend to have. He's so excited, I love it. Glad he's joining me in gecko ownership. Thanks again for backing me up

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    I agree with that slate/ceramic tiles would work the best. If you get a standard sized 20 gallon long tank, those 12x12 tiles will fit in the tank perfectly. For educational purposes, take a look at this for a visual and some ideas when building your terrarium.
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    Thank you thank you! It's nice to have people back me up.

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    A few more negatives about reptile carpet: Leos tend to get their teeth and claws stuck in it. You really need two carpets, one to dry after being soaked in a 10% bleach solution. Slate, porcelain, or ceramic tile is the way to go .

    East Bay Vivarium is a shop with a longstanding reputation. They should be able to guide you guys well.
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    Thank you Elizabeth. I absolutely LOVE EBV. Gosh I could spend hours in that place! I love the people, they are all so nice and very knowledgeable, they really helped my boyfriend. He decided that he's going to start with reptile carpet for the first month or two, just because we had an extra, then were going to get tile. Were also going to get tile for our (my) existing gecko. Once again I cannot thank you guys enough! It was so nice to have people to turn to that could back me up and teach a newbie.
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    You're welcome, Merissa. Happy that you've found EBV to your liking .
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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