Reptiles/leopard gecko

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How you doing i have a leopard gecko female the age is unknown all i know is she is an adult and i just recently put her some sand in her tank and she been digging non stop and blinking constantly please tellme there is nothing wrong with her?? And also she seems pretty small what age do they stop growing

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Hi Dchaun,

It doesn't sound like she is ill but the sand can cause problems down the road. There is really no benefit to it and I generally recommend not using it at all. The type of desert surface they live on in the wild is more hard packed with just a bit of loose sand on top. It is not the type of deep, loose sand you would find at the beach.

Over time they can ingest sand when they eat which can cause blockages. Some sands have a fine dust which can also irritate their eyes or lungs.

Because she is an adult there is a chance that she is producing eggs which leos will do even if they have not been with a male. That may be why she is digging. They prefer to lay their eggs somewhere that is humid. A hide spot with some damp moss in the bottom is all you need.

If leopard geckos are fed on a normal schedule and have the proper temperature then they generally reach their full adult size by around 18 months.  

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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