There are lots of leopard geckos that lose their lives due to the wrong choice of substrate. Leopard geckos are quite sensitive; this is the reason why many young leopard geckos do not even live for longer than one year.
Therefore, it is important to do your own research about leopard gecko substrate before making the decision.
What is substrate for leopard geckos?
The substrate can be known as bedding is the material that you can place in the leopard gecko tank’s floor for them to walk on.
There are some substrates that are safe for leopard gecko such as paper towels, newspaper, reptile carpet, special clay substrate, etc. And some unsafe leopard gecko substrates like sand, wood chippings, etc.
You also can create the DIY substrate for your geckos by 40% organic soil, 40% sand, and 20% clay. This mixture should be dry totally before you allow your pet uses it.
Tips for using substrate for leopard geckos
You should line a few inches of the substrate at the bottom of your terrarium. This will ensure that the substrate is thick enough. Your pet can safely dig and burrow in this best substrate for leopard gecko.
If you are using the heat pad to warm up your geckos, you should place the heat pad outside under the tank. The heat pad will het up the substrate but do not overheat your leopard geckos, help you maintain the proper temperature in the tank.
Preventing impaction in leopard geckos?
Impaction is a health threat that can happen for every lizard that is kept in captivity, the leopard gecko is no exception.
The impaction occurs when your leopard geckos consume their substrate but it is cannot digest, compact in the intestines and block it. Impaction almost caused by the wrong substrate.
If impaction is not found early, it eventually can lead the death is possible for leopard geckos. This is why you should not use sand as a leopard geckos substrate since the risks that the sand brings far outweigh the benefits.