Why is my crested gecko eating Dirt/Substrate?

Sometimes, crested geckos eat dirt because they’re hungry, bored, or just curious.

But it’s risky and can cause a blockage in their digestion, which is called impaction.

If left untreated, this could become a deadly disease.

There have been reports of crested geckos dying from eating dirt, especially juveniles when using coco fibers, peat, soil mixes, etc.

Here are the reasons why crested geckos eat dirt:

  1. Hunger: If your crested gecko isn’t getting enough food, it might start eating non-food items like dirt.
  2. Boredom: If your gecko’s enclosure doesn’t have enough stuff to keep it entertained, it might munch on things it shouldn’t, like dirt.
  3. Curiosity: Crested geckos are naturally nosy creatures and might explore and taste different things in their habitat, including dirt.

So, what should you do?

If you see your crested gecko eating dirt, remove all loose substrate from its home right away and replace it with safer options like paper towels or reptile carpet.

Also, make sure he is getting the right food and isn’t hungry.

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