Is your leopard gecko constantly digging? This may get you started, you should know that this may mean something is wrong in their little world. To learn more about this leo event, read on.
Why are they dig?
Excavation is the natural instinct of these animals. Leopard gecko excavation is the normal part of their life in the wild. Their front paws are actually designed for this purpose. There are many reasons for doing this: stay away from the sun, avoid predators, or find food. If your substrate is deep enough, it’s not surprising to find your lizard digging in the ground. However, most substrate depths do not allow this. If the excavation work continues, try to find out the reasons behind it.
The fuel tank is too hot
This is one of the biggest reasons behind the excavation. If the tank is too hot, they will try to escape the heat in some way. The quickest solution is to reduce the heat. However, the best solution is to get a tank of the right size and can have two temperature zones. Leo is very happy at temperatures around 90 degrees, but they sometimes need cooler temperatures to cool their bodies. In any lizard habitat, it should remain in the 80s or mid 70s. Check your temperature and make sure you have two different areas. Getting an accurate thermometer is crucial and is a worthwhile investment if you want to make your lizard happy.
Lack of hidden
This is another reason for continuous digging. Your little ones are nocturnal, and during the day they prefer to stay away from the light. In order to replicate their natural habitat to some extent, many breeders use hidden places. These can be built in simple plastic containers with holes in them so that the gecko can go in. You also need some wet suitcases to prevent your lizards from falling out.
Sometimes your lizard will be irritated by the sand you use as a substrate. This may cause them to do something unpredictable. Make sure your sand is not too rough or too thick. In addition, some breeders recommend staying away from sand because there are many alternative substrate materials. Although sand is easy to clean and use, it can cause many problems, including sand intake and sand impact. This happens when the lizards eat too much sand and their digestive system begins to become clogged or even damaged by rough sand. This can be a dangerous situation for your lizard, so be sure to have the right sand or use alternatives such as newspapers, pea gravel, paper towels, and even bare bottom tanks.
If the excavation continues, you may want to check out other aspects of your lizard lifestyle. Check for anything that can cause stress that can lead to unpredictable behavior. However, if the gecko maintains a healthy diet and the rest of the time is normal, you may only need to give him some time to adjust.