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    Quote Originally Posted by CrestedRick View Post
    I usually boil the leaves for a few minutes before I add them as leaf litter. Always better to be safe than sorry
    question about the boiling i shouldnt boil them all the way down like spinach leaves right? just like a few mins to kill off the germs but the leaves should still be firm right?


    also are fresh leaves picked straight off the tree better than ones picked off the ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    question about the boiling i shouldnt boil them all the way down like spinach leaves right? just like a few mins to kill off the germs but the leaves should still be firm right?


    also are fresh leaves picked straight off the tree better than ones picked off the ground?
    If you boil dried magnolia leaves -- only do so for a very brief time (a few seconds?). The leaves should remain firm NOT "wilted" like spinach after it's been boiled or steamed.

    Collect your fallen leaves from a tree that's unlikely to have been sprayed with any insecticide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    If you boil dried magnolia leaves -- only do so for a very brief time (a few seconds?). The leaves should remain firm NOT "wilted" like spinach after it's been boiled or steamed.

    Collect your fallen leaves from a tree that's unlikely to have been sprayed with any insecticide.
    alright thank you! i'll have to wait till spring then since we have a magnolia tree in our yard and my parents dont use pesticides

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    i cleaned her cage today and she got out again. luckily she went against my dresser and tried to blend in with the wood instead of going behind it so i got her back.

    i've decided that she'll have a food bowl but shes not on paper towel anymore. its too stressful cleaning it. but i dont want to risk her eating dirt so shes on bare bottom now.

    she was also much darker from way back from when i got her and my dad said she was twice the size then she originally was i will try to upload pics soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    i cleaned her cage today and she got out again. luckily she went against my dresser and tried to blend in with the wood instead of going behind it so i got her back.

    i've decided that she'll have a food bowl but shes not on paper towel anymore. its too stressful cleaning it. but i dont want to risk her eating dirt so shes on bare bottom now.

    she was also much darker from way back from when i got her and my dad said she was twice the size then she originally was i will try to upload pics soon
    I suggest removing Mocha before you clean her cage. Guide her into one of those tall deli cups from her care package. That will work just fine as long as you poke some holes in it so she can breathe. After you're done cleaning put her back in her 10 gallon. With zippy quick geckos like Mocha, that's the safest way to clean her environment.

    Ya don't want to lose her.

    Has Mocha grown some?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    alright thank you! i'll have to wait till spring then since we have a magnolia tree in our yard and my parents dont use pesticides
    It's handy that you have a pesticide-free magnolia tree in your yard.

    I've never heard of gecko keepers using fresh green leaves for leaf litter. I don't know whether fresh leaves ARE safe.

    The gecko keepers I know who use leaf litter collect leaves in autumn when they are brown and fall off the trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I suggest removing Mocha before you clean her cage. Guide her into one of those tall deli cups from her care package. That will work just fine as long as you poke some holes in it so she can breathe. After you're done cleaning put her back in her 10 gallon. With zippy quick geckos like Mocha, that's the safest way to clean her environment.

    Ya don't want to lose her.

    Has Mocha grown some?
    thats what i try to do. i remove the stuff from her cage one by one to make sure shes not hiding in anything and with the silk plants i squeeze my fingers inbetween the leaves so that if shes hiding in them she'll run out. but what happened this time that instead of jumping back onto the tank floor she actually jumped onto the floor right next to the tank. i didnt realize she could jump so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    thats what i try to do. i remove the stuff from her cage one by one to make sure shes not hiding in anything and with the silk plants i squeeze my fingers inbetween the leaves so that if shes hiding in them she'll run out. but what happened this time that instead of jumping back onto the tank floor she actually jumped onto the floor right next to the tank. i didnt realize she could jump so far
    Sometimes geckos take flight! Maybe Mocha has hidden wings!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    It looks like Mocha's pouting. Does she color up at times?

    Just think how long you've had her now!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

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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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