GREAT BEGINNER GECKO
- They have perky personalities and are known to be very vocal, especially when they are hungry.
- Beautiful patterns and coloring.
- Leopard geckos may live 20 years or more in captivity.
- May reach approximately 20 to 25cm in length, including their tails.
Leopard Gecko Behavior and Temperament
- Leopard geckos are nocturnal, ground-dwelling geckos that are generally docile and easy to tame.
- They do not have the sticky toe pads like other geckos, so they do not climb walls, they have eyelids.
- They are not prone to biting and are usually slow-moving.
- They can be housed together but keep an eye out for tail waving, this means they feel threatened and is about to attack. Separate them right away.
- Leopard geckos also are tail rattlers, similar to rattlesnakes. This means your gecko is excited, with either eating or mating on its mind.
- They can self-amputate their tails as a defense mechanism.
- A 55 to 75 liter cage is large enough for two to three leopard geckos, but only one male per cage, and only keep males and females together if you would like to breed.
- Half logs provide hiding and climbing space, as do commercial reptile caves.
- A damp hide box can help with shedding.
- They do not require special UVB lighting.
- A regular white light incandescent heat bulb could be used to provide a basking spot during the day and a red heat bulb, blue/purple heat bulb, or ceramic heat emitter can be used to provide supplemental heat at night.
- Undertank heating pads can be used, but they may make it difficult to properly regulate temperatures.
- Never use hot rocks.
Temperature and Humidity
- Daytime, 31 C with a thermal gradient down to about 24 C.
- Gecko should not be exposed to any drafts.
- Humidity, above 20%.
- Paper is absorbent and easy to change, and indoor/outdoor carpet works well, too.
- Avoid wood shavings, it can cut your gecko's tiny feet, the oils in the wood may also be irritating to them.
- Make sure your substrate it is not being ingested along with your gecko's meals.
Food and Water
- A shallow dish of water should be provided at all times.
- The water will aid in humidity in the enclosure, and your gecko will drink from the bowl. You may even find a gecko soaking in its water.
- A variety of crickets, waxworms, mealworms.
- Insects must be gut loaded 24 hours prior to feeding.
- Coat with a calcium/D3 supplement at every feeding for young lizards, every other feeding for adults.
Common Health Problems
- Metabolic bone disease
- Insufficient calcium and vitamin D.
- It can cause painful spine and limb deformities.
- Symptoms: Display a poor appetite and tremors.
- Bacterial infection.
- Symptoms: Watery stools or its tail shrinks.
- This condition is potentially fatal but can be treated if caught early.
- Undernourished or live in a cage with insufficient moisture
- This condition, which looks like dry skin, causes difficulty shedding and can affect its vision.
- Respiratory infections, including pneumonia
- Wheezing or bubbles of mucus around its nasal passages and mouth.
All of these conditions should receive treatment from a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles.