Leopard Gecko Care

Leopard Gecko Care About

Of the Gecko family, leopards are not capable of wall climbing, but they do have eyelids. Regular handling is a must. They have large, expressive eyes, and the appearance of a smile on their faces.
Sleep Pattern Nocturnal
Max Size 4-7 Inches
Life Span 8-10 Years
Habitat
5-20 gallon tank with plenty of climbing spaces and several hideouts is a must. They will hide a lot so be sure the temperature is sufficient in these areas. Keep moss slightly damp, never wet
  • SUBSTRATE: You should avoid sand for the younger ones and just use Reptile carpet or mosses. Older leopards and adults can have the sand as well as Reptile carpet and/or mosses. Sand can cause problems when passing through small geckos.
  • LIGHTING: A 5.0 spectrum light will help with the health of your pet. Regulating longer days in summer and shorter days for winter will help encourage seasons to your lizard. They are more active in the summer and you may notice them eating more.
  • TEMPERATURE: 80-85˚F during the day, 75-80˚F at night, and 90˚F for basking.
Diet
Juveniles require insects daily. Adults require insects every 2-3 days. The adult will enjoy the occasional pinkie mouse.
Water  Leopard Geckos need a shallow water bowl, changed daily..
Handling
At first, slowly offer your hand, kept low and palm up, before picking up your Gecko. Avoid reaching down from over their head to grab them, as they may become startled. Always handle with care, and never grab it by the tail. When a lizard loses its tail, it becomes vulnerable to disease and infection until it grows a new one, regenerated ones are never quite as nice as the original. As desert dwellers, they store water, fat, and nutrients in their tail so it is important they don’t lose their tails.

*As with any pet, it is important that you find a veterinarian that practices in the certified care for your animal. This guide is general in nature and should not be used to diagnose your pet.

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