A Leopard Gecko can be an interesting pet to have. Many children get amazed by their traits as well as their physical features. They remind us of the huge gecko that are part of several blockbuster movies. This time, they are a lot smaller and quite easier to handle.
Still, there are several things that you still need to do when you have a Leopard Gecko. This reptile has a different set of habitats and diet requirements than the regular pets that you are familiar with. They have lived long in the arid desert of Australia that you will need to mimic their natural habitat to let them live healthy and satisfied longer.
Once you have figured out your pet’s daily requirements for food, heating, humidity, and other related husbandry essentials, it will be easy for you to keep them satisfied.
Choosing a substrate for your Gecko.The Leopard Gecko spends much of its time basking in the sun. When you set up its cage or enclosure, you will need to provide the same heat that it receives while in its original habitat. Doing so will provide the necessary body heat that it needs to synthesize and digest its food and perform other internal body functions. It is also one of the best ways to protect your pet gecko from metabolic bone disease, mouth rot, and other unhealthy conditions.
As such, you will need to provide the appropriate substrate for your reptile. However, choosing the right substrate can be quite confusing when building an enclosure for your pet. There are several positions when it comes to which substrates are safe and best for the specific age and size of a pet reptile such as a Leopard.
Here are the options that you can look into for the best substrate for a Leopard Gecko.
Paper towels may not be the best appealing substrate for a terrarium, but they are considered to be one of the most favored substrates available. For one, they can easily be found and also quite easy to change if needed. They are also the best choice as a substrate for juveniles and hatchlings gecko that are under a year old.
Paper towels are quite hygienic. They can easily be cleaned, hence can reduce the chance of your gecko getting sick. You also won’t need to worry about ingestion or inhalation as paper towels are very absorbent. Having them as a substrate will also make it easier for you to monitor your pet’s eating and bowel movements.
However, if you decide to have paper towels as your pet’s substrate, your gecko will not burrow in them (a natural and common thing that gecko do). So, if you would like to see your gecko in action, you will need to find another substitute.