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    Hey! i recently (month ago) got a leopard gecko, hes 3 years old, perfectly healthy, and his name is sydney. Every monday and friday at 6AM in the morning (an hour and a half away from HIS daytime) i feed him 7-8 big-ish gutloaded crickets, same size as his mouth.

    But because i have sand (crushed wallnut) as a substrate i have to feed him in a seperate container. This means i have to pick him up, which he is VERY reluctant to doing. Once he shrieked, hes never pooed/peed on me, but he runs like hell, and presses his body on the ground so i cant get my fingers under him to comfortably pick him up.

    I want to find a better substrate for the main vivarium so that i can feed him in it without needing to pick him up, but i dont want paper towel or newspaper or carpet because i want it to looks natural as possible. I thought about a large rocky substrate but crickets could climb into cracks and die and stink and stuff. And im worried that depesticided soil will still be too soft for him and when he pounces he might get a mouthful of dirt. Clay and rocks is a big no for me because its gonna be stuck as it is forever. any ideas??? any replies are appreciated (forgive me for the behemoth of text)

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    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited for you and Sydney.

    Please remove all crushed walnut immediately. It's extremely unsafe. Not only could your leo get impacted, it's possible for the crushed walnut to cut his feet. Some of the little walnut pieces can be quite sharp.

    Until you decide on something else use paper towels.

    Pay attention to Sydney's body language. As best as he can he's saying: "No, feed me here!" It's stressful for a leo to be removed from his home for his meals. Some people feed their geckos from feeding bowls like I do.

    In a naturalistic vivarium a CUC (clean up crew--insects) devours the gecko's waste.

    Excavator Clay is one natural option. It conducts heat poorly, though, so you'd only want a very thin layer over your heat mat OR you could place a tile over the heat mat.


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    I also recommend ceramic tile. If you get lightly textured beige tile it looks quite good.

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    Tile looks great, is the safest substrate, and is super easy to clean. There are so many looks to pick from as well. The worse part is it may need to be cut to fit which can be irritating but once you get past that you will be happy you did it. Make sure it isnt a smooth type tile, you want tile with texture so your geckos claws can get a grip
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