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    Hello all,

    This is my first post and not really sure if this is the correct location for this type of post so sorry in advance.

    This morning while I was grabbing a dropping from my leachie gecko last night, I noticed a few nearly microscopic bugs running around the poop and the substrate near the poop. They also seem to float on water if that helps to identify. Just looking for any advice to figure out if they are springtails or mites of some sort and maybe how to get rid of them as not misting the cage for a while could be problematic. I have attached a photo I took under a bad microscope that I have and could upload more upon request.

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    Thanks for your time!

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    Springtails. They eat lizard poop, so they are good to have around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    Springtails. They eat lizard poop, so they are good to have around.
    YOU are the first person who came to mind last night when I noticed the above OP's message!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Thanks for the confirmation, Less poop for me to deal with. They don't seem to be harmful to the gecko, but should I worry about keeping their numbers down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    YOU are the first person who came to mind last night when I noticed the above OP's message!
    Yup. There’s eating lizard poop, and there’s me. Freely associated with each other in the minds of herpetoculturists everywhere, I reckon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chucktesta View Post
    Thanks for the confirmation, Less poop for me to deal with. They don't seem to be harmful to the gecko, but should I worry about keeping their numbers down?
    No. They are unlikely to reproduce to the point of annoyance, and even if they did, they really aren’t harmful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    Yup. There’s eating lizard poop, and there’s me. Freely associated with each other in the minds of herpetoculturists everywhere, I reckon.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    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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