What size tank do I need?
A 10 or 20 gallon GLASS tank is recommended. Never house more then 1 Leopard Gecko in a 10-gallon tank. Never house male Leopard Gecko’s together.
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 but have read online forum comments of people saying they have had leopard geckos die of impaction.
Do Leopard Gecko’s require heat?
They require belly heat to digest food; under tank heating pads can be purchased at pet stores. Raise the tank up on pads on each corner so the entire tank is off the surface (avoids overheating and fires). Attach the pad underneath on one side. Plug the pad into a digital thermostat and set the heat to 90 degrees.
The digital thermostat will come with a little probe that you actually run down the inside of the tank and tape it down on the glass that is on top of the heat pad you have attached on the underside of the tank. This is inside the tank and measures how hot that heating pad is making the surface for the leopard gecko. The thermostat can be set to keep the temperature at 90 and turn the heating pad on and off as necessary.
Fun Fact: Leopard Geckos are nocturnal they do not need sunlight or special light bulbs. You may however require some sort of bulb so that your tank is the right temperature: 75 degrees is a good air temperature during the day. A blue or red night time viewing bulb (50 watts is good enough for a small tank) will allow you to see at night, and provide a bit of heat during the day. Albino Leopard Geckos will not like daylight bulbs, as it will be too bright for them. Remember that the floor temperature in the hot zone where you place the pad should be 90 degrees.
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.