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Old 05-14-2019, 02:38 AM
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So I am looking for some slate rocks for my leopard gecko. Was reading that they made for a good substrate bottom.

Can I use just any rocks? Like from Home Depot or are there special rocks specifically for reptiles?
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I recommend you contact a landscape supply company in your area that would have access to slate regularly. Thats where I go for large river rocks. You want to make sure that the rock you receive is actually slate and not a flagstone or some other type of lime/sandstone. Slate is cool but the edges can be sharp and damage your animals skin. Make sure to clean the rock with boiling water, or bake it in your oven at a high temperature to kill any pathogens. Good luck!
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My local landscape company has an area that they sell rocks out of at a discount if they are small. I would look online and see if you can find any with that.
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If you are unable to find a landscape supply company, it is also always possible to use sites that sell miscellaneous goods like Etsy or Ebay. I assume you want to see what your rocks look like before you buy them, though.

As long as the rock is pathogen-free and jagged edge-free, I don't think that there are many differences outside of aesthetic differences. Rough-edged rocks can sometimes be useful for reptiles like snakes that need help shedding, but I don't think there are any dangers that make one rock inherently better than another rock outside of those main risks.
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