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    We just got out our first leopard gecko. She's 2 yrs old in a 20 gallon high. We're using calcium sand because that's what they were using at the reptile store and I thought that might be an easier transition for her, keep it familiar. Then move to paper towels or carpet. Either way, she's slopping an awful lot of water out of the bowl. Is this normal? I feel like wet sand or even paper towels would be a bad thing for a desert creature?

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    Welcome to GU! Especially if she's a juvenile, I would recommend making the transition to something else soon. Except for pet stores, even experienced people who keep their geckos on sand don't tend to keep juveniles on sand.
    As far as your question goes: I don't know exactly why she's spilling all the water, unless she's walking through it. I've had a few similar experiences. I have 2 banded geckos, each in their own enclosure, who regularly seem to empty their water bowls. With my hatchling leopard geckos, who are on ceramic tile with shallow water bowls, sometimes the bowls are incredibly dirty as if they're walking through their mealworm bowls and then walking through the water bowls. I would highly recommend ceramic tile because the spills are easy to clean up and won't make a mess. Just go to Home Depot or equivalent and get the cheapest 12" floor tiles you can. You'll have to get them cut. Also, while leopard geckos are desert creatures, they are not Saharan desert creatures. They live on hard packed earth, not sand-dune sand, so sand is inappropriate based on their habitat. Enjoy your gecko.

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    Yep. Ditch the sand. You don't want them swallowing any when they eat. It could lead to impaction and death down the road. Leo geckos are NOT a desert animal. They live in hard, craggy, rocky terrain. Repti-carpet, paper towels and tile work great. Tile is the easiest to clean though.

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    Before she sheds, my gecko sometimes likes to soak in her water bowl to moisturize her skin. So that’s something she might be doing. Or she might be a messy drinker!

    As for the sand, get her off of it ASAP. Calcium sand is espeacially bad because it sticks together easily when it becomes wet. I personally use Eco Earth, but the other suggestions were good too.

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    remember they come from rocky hard packed clay, not Sahara desert sand dunes, although they would meet some loose substrate, they should or would not be wading through it. Calcium sand is the worst for impaction because geckos will lick the sand, I am not trying to sound mean or anything but I am just saying you NEED to get the sand out.

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