My leopard gecko (I think it's a female but I'm not sure) keeps burrowing herself under things. It started with burrowing under her reptile carpet so I secured it, then under a heavy rock which I errorneously assumed was to get a hiding cricket, and then I got concerned when I heard her moving so I went to check and she had wedged herself under her very heavy water dish and I thought she was dead! Luckily she's OK but I keep hearing her digging all through the night and can't sleep because I'm afraid she'll hurt herself.

What should I do? I'm getting her a better, new cage soon but I don't know what to do in the meantime.

  • Sounds like it searchs for a hide, there are different reasons you should find out. Feels safe or cooling are in my mind first. Commented Sep 23, 2021 at 5:59

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Does she have sufficient hides (at least 2 with one being a moist hide)? If not, she is probably just trying to hide. If she does, digging is a natural behaviour. Consider either replacing the reptile carpet with a loose substrate or providing a dig box (a box full of loose substrate). I use Arcadia EarthMix Arid in my leopard geckos enclosure.

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