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Old 01-12-2009, 06:53 PM
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Here are a few pictures of my leopard gecko Rita's desert vivarium. Its mostly just very fine grain sand, slate, and rocks. I just added some live plants yesterday that can withstand the low humidity and high temp. Its at 25 % humidity 85+ in the direct heat lamp and 75 in the rest of the tank. Sorry shes shy Ill try and get some better pictures of her later.

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Looks very good!

Nice ledges which you don't see often enough.
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very nice!! are those rocks on the right hand side glued together?
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nope all the rocks are just stacked and counter ballanced with rocks on top. that way i can rearrange it as i please. I give the stacks a good shake to make sure they are stable so they dont squish the gecko!
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tha is a big risk, leopards are freakishly strong and can shake that rock lose and then you will have a mew species, pancake leopard
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Very true....I would really take a hard second look at that rock shelf.

Better safe than sorry.
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ya that would be bad! I have had her in similar set ups for about 6 months with the overhangs and caves and have had no problems. I use fairly heavy counter weights to keep them as secure as possable. I have noticed if she wants to squeeze in a tight spot she can move rocks way bigger than her outta the way though. She is a though lil gal.
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Now that you guys have freak me out I put sum serious pressure on the second shelf (with her outta the way) move it around and it proves to be very stable I dont think theres anything short of an earthquake that'll knock it loose. Thanks for the concern I agree its way better safe than sorry and I dont want a case of pancake gecko!
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one major thing here.... it looks like you have calci-sand in there. IT WILL KILL YOUR GECKO!!! despite the fact that ron tremper (the gecko guru if you will) claims that geckos can live on sand(non calcified and when given enough supplemental calcium).... they can and will eat it (especially if it is fortified with calcium) geckos that eat sand can become impacted and will die. i have seen geckos eat sand and die as a result. if you are using calci-sand immediately remove the gecko and replace the substrate. if you are using normal play sand then you are still taking a risk with your animals life, and it depends on what is more important to you.. the look of your tank (btw leo gex do not live on sand rather rocky outcrops) or the health and longevity of your animal.

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It is not calci sand but is repti sand and does not have added calcium. I do give her calcium suplements in her water and food the reduce sand consumption. I researched it alot and have heard both neg and pos about sand sub. It seems to me that there is a chance of impaction with any substrate and the very fine grain sand has a less impaction chance than larger substraite. She does sometimes eat the sand and she passes it in her droppings. She has had a sand environment for at least four months with no problems. The locations that they live in Pakistan are areas that have sand and the geckos would be eating it in the wild. Im sure impaction may occur in the wild also but I think that wild or captive it is just by chance and usually related to large grain sand. I understand the concern and by no means do I want to endanger my gecko. I think that keeping them in a sand environment is perfectly safe as long as you have a very fine grain sand that will pass through their systems rather than getting stuck like some larger grain material may. She also seems to enjoy moving throgh it more than other subs. What does everyone else think about sand in the Gecko environment????
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I think the sand is fine . I have three Hemidactylus , a tarentola , and a coleonxy on repti-sand for months and have been keeping desert species of geckos on sand since the late 90's .

Over the years and amount of geckos Ive kept I can honestly say I only remeber losing two baby leopard geckos to sand impaction (which was a stupid move on my part) dont keep BABY geckos on sand . Its easy for an sub adult-adult to pass sand but not babys to sub-juvies .

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Very nice viv! I also like the ledges

I'm thinking about doing the same thing with my two geckos...
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