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sbouldin
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PostSubject: Help with mites!! :(   Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:14 am

So, while taking one of the cresties out for a handling tonight I noticed mites on his poop. Immediately I was thinking " oh no they're inside him!" However, upon further looking under a loupe they just appeared to be eating it. I googled it and all I could find was that they were probably either wood mites or mold mites?? I read that technically in small numbers they are not harmfull to the reptile, just GROSS. (The enclosure bedding is a rainforest substrate with small pieces of wood) After reading that I feel better, but what does everyone else think??

He is healthy, none on him, and they are in no other gecko's tank that I could see. I can't take a picture of them because they are TINY. White yellowish color and most definitely shaped like mites.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with mites!! :(   Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:27 pm

They sound like springtails. Natural micro fauna that clean the substrate of feces and mold.

They are fine if they are springtails Smile. You're lucky, I had to pay to add springtails to my enclosure.
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PostSubject: Re: Help with mites!! :(   Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:21 pm

Springtails are black though arent they? These are little white round bugs.
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