- Your Leopard Gecko should be no younger then 4 months if you want to begin handling it right away.
- Leopard Geckos will often not eat when brought to a new home or placed in a new tank/home due to stress.
- They are docile and can be “tamed” if you teach them to trust you but they are not like a cat or dog.
- When you first bring yours home do not handle it for 3 or 4 days (or until it has eaten and gone potty a few times). You may offer it food but it may refuse the food until it is comfortable in its new home. Holding it may increase the time it takes for it to begin eating.
- Leopard Geckos require belly heat; however do not place their home in direct sunlight.
- Require a moist hiding spot and a dry hiding spot. + Only eat live insects. + Can live 10-20 years. + Measure about 10” long full from nose to tail tip.
- Come in an amazing array of colors and the more exotic and rare the more expensive. A classic leopard design is sometimes called a “normal” and one of the least expensive morphs.
- The colors and patterns on the babies change as they grow so keep this in mind when purchasing younger animals.
How often can I hold my Leopard Gecko?
Recommended maximum handling 15 minutes a day. If younger then 1 year it is best to not handle every day.
Is my Leopard Gecko going to be lonely?
They do not mind being alone and are perfectly happy to be by themselves. No scientific research that I can find the prove this but many internet forum postings have proven that even females don’t always get along and will dominate or steal food and even fight. Males fight.
What if I really-really want more then 1 Leopard Gecko?
Make sure the Gecko’s are the same age or size.
Make sure they are both female.
Make sure they each have their own shelter and place to hide by themselves.
Make sure the tank is no smaller then 20 gallons.
Another options, give them each their own tank so that none of the above is a concern.
What does the tank need to have in it?
1) 1 or 2 dry hideouts 2) moist hide out 3) Water source 5) warm zone 6) cool zone
They require 2 or 3 places to hide, one of which needs to be “moist”. The easiest way to create a moist hide is with a plastic disposable food container. Cut a hole in the side or top (cover sharp edges, make sure they can figure out how to climb in) and place a damp paper towel inside and put the top back on.
What do I put on the floor of the tank?
“Substrate” is a word used to mean what you put on the floor of the glass container.
PAPER TOWELS or NEWSPAPER is an easy to clean substrates. Pet stores sell washable carpets as well. Tiles are another possibility but make sure you research which sort of tile material is best.
Can I put sand in the tank?
People online argue about this a lot. Leopard Gecko’s can become “impacted” and die from ingesting too much sand. Some people say it’s the size of the sand that matters. Most people recommend to NOT put sand in, to avoid the risk. Do so at your own risk and know it could harm your animal. I can find no scientific studies regarding this.
You can find more information here on how Leopard Geckos like their home setup!
My Leopard Gecko is sick what do I do?
Find a local veterinary with experience in Leopard Geckos specifically. Do research online as many forums have postings about health issues.