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    Question Is Newspaper a Good Idea?


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    Hi everyone.
    Newbie to this site,I got my leopard gecko Bean in September of 2015 as a juvenile and lined her tank with repti-carpet.
    Over the past few months she's been growing, and I've been noticing that when she grabs for her crickets and/or waxworms she grabs a bit of the fabric's fibers and pulls it up. This has never really concerned me, but it's definitely something I hope to discontinue by getting rid of repti-carpet (plus it needs very frequent washing ) and replacing it with newspaper.
    However, I'm hesitant to do this because of the heating pad + bulb we have on one side of her tank. I'm nervous the newspaper will catch fire or burn due to the constant heat coming from those two things. Will it?
    I really hope that I'll be able to switch out the carpet for newspapers since they're so much more convenient, but if this is a problem that can't be resolved I'd appreciate some other options!

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    Either use paper towels or tile. The ink on the newspaper can rub off onto their skin, I've heard it's a soy based ink but I still wouldn't risk it.
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    tile is awesome! cheap and never needs replaced, plus looks better than newspaper or paper towels. If you didnt want to do tile, i would do paper towel over news paper.
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    Hi Madeline ~

    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited and to your leo Bean!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    tile is awesome! cheap and never needs replaced, plus looks better than newspaper or paper towels. If you didnt want to do tile, i would do paper towel over news paper.
    Here's a video of kholtme's leo hanging out on tile:

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    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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    Welcome to GU! I would not replace reptile carpet with newspaper. I have heard of cases of it physically burning the Leopard Gecko. It may also start shriveling up and causing problems to keeping it staying on the floor of the tank. Instead, I would use a safer option such as slate or tile. You COULD also use paper towels, but this MAY increase the risk of your Leo ingesting some of the paper while hunting for prey. Tile heats the tank floor nicely and ensures your Leopard Gecko will not get any burns. However, the tile may get a little too hot with the UTH AND bulb on at the same time. Which type of heat bulb are you using? If this ever happened, either temporarily place a layer of paper towel, and turn off the heat bulb immediately. Also, how big is the tank and what brand is the UTH from? Which brand of thermometer so you use?
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