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    Question Is spaghum moss safe for a juvie Leo?


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    I am considering getting a leopard gecko soon, saw a healthy but young gecko. Everything about the specimen was perfect (Alert, lively, no swollen joints or crusty eyes. Very curious about me and had a healthy glow to it.) I will probably use a ten gallon tank and adjust it to make sure that it is suitable for the leo. However, I am sure that this has been asked a million times but would spaghum moss suitable for a juvenile leopard gecko? I don't want it to suffer impaction.

    I want to cherish my new pet and make the wisest choice in regards to substrate, any pointers and advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man in Black View Post
    I am considering getting a leopard gecko soon, saw a healthy but young gecko. Everything about the specimen was perfect (Alert, lively, no swollen joints or crusty eyes. Very curious about me and had a healthy glow to it.) I will probably use a ten gallon tank and adjust it to make sure that it is suitable for the leo. However, I am sure that this has been asked a million times but would spaghum moss suitable for a juvenile leopard gecko? I don't want it to suffer impaction.

    I want to cherish my new pet and make the wisest choice in regards to substrate, any pointers and advice would be greatly appreciated.
    I've heard good and bad reviews on sphangnum moss. My preference would be either paper towel, reptile carpet, or eco earth. Eco earth is safe for your lizard and lasts up to I believe 4-5 months is what I was told.

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    I would actually reccomend a 20 gallon tank if you can get it. Petco has frequent dollar per gallon sales so you can get one for only 20 bucks.

    Sphagnum moss is only suitable for the MOIST warm hide, it holds humidity very well and should be fine for a juvenile. You could also use Eco Earth or moist paper towels in the moist hide. As an entire substrate? Probably not, it holds humidity a bit too well for the entire enclosure and I feel impaction risks are greatly increased as he/she would be hunting on the moss whereas if it was in the moist hide they would not. Instead consider:

    Tile: Very easy to clean, usually cheap and can be found petty easily. Is is also durable and lasts a long time, there aren't too many drawbacks.
    Paper Towels: They aren't very pleasing to the eye but they are made for easy clean up and are quite sanitary. Though there is still a very minimal risk of a gecko ingesting it, it is a very safe and cheap option.
    Reptile Carpet: Another cheap slightly more aesthetic option. It tends to catch Gecko's claws and teeth and needs to be washed quite a bit, which is difficult, and they don't last long.
    Exo Terra "Sand Mat": These look very nice, and are at a moderately low price. However these are incredibly difficult to clean and chunks of the sand mat fall off very easily, will need replacing often.
    Eco Earth: An option that allows your gecko to dig, it looks quite nice. There is the risk of impaction, but it is significantly lowered with Eco Earth. This substrate can be difficult to maintain if you haven't used it, I reccomend buying the bags over bricks or else it takes a long time to dry and can be too humid to be safe.

    These are most, not all, of the safest options, whatever works best for you, I would reccomend a little research and choosing the best one. This should get you started! Id you ever need anymore help, GU is here!
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    Welcome aboard!

    Sphagnum moss (Eco Earth's coco fiber and paper towel strips) makes a good substrate for your warm moist hide. Some leos eat all 3 of those. Just keep an eye out.

    I, too, recommend a 20 gallon LONG (30 x 12 x 12 inches) enclosure from the geck-go as well as an 11 x 17 inch heat mat for the 20L.

    The safest substrate for your entire vivarium is slate or textured ceramic tile. Visit your local home improvement store for many choices.
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