Leopard Geckos are one of the easiest and widely kept species of lizard. They have a calm nature, easy to care for and they make great beginner pets. Available in a number of colour morphs.
What does a Leopard Gecko look like?
They have small bumps all over the body with the underside being smooth. Their tail is very fat to confuse predators in the wild, not knowing which is the head or tail. If the predator attacks the tail, the gecko drops this and then runs for cover to escape. They do grow their tails back, but they never look as nice! Adult Geckos can reach a size of 25cm (9") and weight from 50-90 grams. There are now Giant and Super Giant Leopard Geckos available that weigh from 100-150 grams.
Leopard Geckos range in a number of different morph, here are just a few: normal, high yellow, albino, patternless, blizzard and snow.
Where are Leopard Geckos from?
They are found in dry, rocky areas from eastern Iran through Afghanistan and Pakistan to north western India.
How do you keep Leopard Geckos?
Leopard Geckos are terrestrial, meaning they need more floor space rather then height. Geckos can be kept on their own or will live happily together; this being one male to several females. Males must be kept apart at all times as they will fight and cause serious injury and possible death.
The minimum housing requirement for an adult gecko (normal sized not giant) would be a 24x18x18inch enclosure, this can be glass or wooden. Babies are best kept in plastic tanks to prevent stress like the Exo Terra Faunarium Flat large size. Most geckos will be use to a under heat source like a heat mat, however a basking lamp can be used as well. The background temperature should be around 28C (82F) with a hot spot of 32C (90F), use a thermostat to prevent overheating. UV lights can be used however this is not necessary due to this species being nocturnal and some morphs are sensitive to bright lights while young.
Leopard Geckos require a dry environment however will need an damp area to shed their skin and lay eggs. A simple and effective way is to use a sandwich box with damp coco soil or moss inside with a hold cut in the lid. If you have a natural looking enclosure you may wish to purchase a reptile humidity hide like the Exo Terra Snake Cave or Trixie Snake Cave (latter having a larger hole for geckos to enter).
Young geckos are best kept on paper towel to prevent impaction until they are approx. 6 inches long. Impaction means that the gecko has eaten the substrate and cannot pass this through the gut causing illness and possible death. Most compactions are caused by the gecko eating the substrate (sand) due to a lack of calcium. A simple way to solve this problem is to have a dish of calcium in the enclosure at all times and to dust food before feeding.
All of our Leopard Geckos are fed on gut loaded insects; this meaning that all insects have had a meal of potatoes/carrot/apple 24hrs before being fed to our animals. All the nutrients is then passed onto the Gecko. Our Geckos have a constant supply of mealworms (espically growing babies) with crickets fed every other day. For young and juvenile Leopard Geckos, feed approx. 5-10 crickets every day with the appropriate sized food. Adults can be fed every other day on 2-6 crickets. Any uneaten food should be removed, crickets can injury your Gecko while sleeping and pass on disease by eating the faeces. You can offer your Gecko wax worms however these are high in fat so give as treats only. Pinkie Mice (baby mice) can also be given once or twice a month to adults, especially laying females.
Complete Leopard Geckos Starter Kits
Why not purchase one of our Vivexotic Viva Leopard Gecko Starter Kits. We highly recommend this kit for anyone wanting to own their first pet Leopard Gecko. The vivarium is already built, so you don't need any tools. The equipment within the kit doesn't include everything you require, however we have added an extra option to purchase the remaining items. All you need to purchase is the Leopard Gecko and livefoods.
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