Thanks for your feedback. There are some variables - i.e certain species that live on sand, moss, mud, gravel in the wild experience impactions and such in captivity (leopard geckos do seem to fare well on sand, as you mention), so we need to look at each individually. The exact nature of the substrate may matter, and hydration is important in determining how well waste and such moves through the animal; Calcium levels affect the strength of muscular contractions that are needed to expel waste (and eggs, young); the rest of the diet may play a role, and so on...complicated but interesting...Best regards, FrankI have always personally thought that it is fine to keep a leopard gecko on loose substrate, I had kept a leo on sand for almost 3 years. I just recently (in the past week) went to slate simply because of the convenience for cleaning purposes. Since bringing in my 3rd leopard gecko, my nightly feeding/cleaning round takes quite a while. I think with good husbandry practices that loose substrate is ok. Great article!
I did a quick search of Google Scholar to see if I could find anything, and there is some literature on leopard geckos, but I couldn't find anything about their communal behaviours in the wild. If I find anything, I'll post it, but I don't have high hopes.
Also, that's really cool. They're like prairie dogs with scales!
Glad you enjoyed; it was just announced that 3 new gecko species have been found in Australia...one quite colorful New lizard species found (Science Alert)The skink article was a great read! Would love to be able to watch a reptile colony's social behaviors
Unfortunately, no. But I've had an on-off relationship for the past 6 years with an Aussie, so I'm decently familiar with it - more so than with other countries, anyway. I guess that makes me kind of biased though.Yes...I need to get there; have friends in the zoo field there, but life has been conspiring against it lately...but soon..
Have you been? Best, Frankj