Leopard Gecko

The leopard gecko is available in a wide range of colors including albino and high yellow.  Unlike other species of this animal the leopard gecko has movable eyelids.  In average adult size the leopard gecko will reach the length of between 6 to 9 inches long and will have a lifespan of around 20 plus years if they are taken care of properly.

Leopard geckos are a very popular choice for those that are looking for a smalller reptile or do not have much room to house a reptile in thier home. They do not take up a lot of room and come in a variety of interesting colors. They are just simply fun to watch.

Since all species of geckos are potential carriers of diseases you need to think carefully and remember to wash your hands before and after you handle your gecko.  You also want to always wash your hands if you handle anything that happens to be inside their habitat that way you will not have to worry about diseases spreading.  If you are pregnant, having young child or have a weakened immune system you’ll want to discuss with the position that implications of having a leopard gecko in your home as you want to make sure it will be safe for everyone including your leopard gecko. Your doctor will be able to tell you the best course of action to take.

Diet and Feeding

Be sure that you’re feeding your leopard gecko well balanced diet of insects.  You want to be able to feed them things like small meal worms and crickets and even wax worms.  You want to make sure when feeding your leopard gecko crickets that you feed them one that is no larger than half the size of their head.

You need to make sure that you’re providing your leopard gecko with fresh clean water that is free of chlorine and the water should be available at all times of the day.  Juvenile geckos need to be fed every day while you can feed adult geckos wants every other day.  It is necessary to sprinkle their food with a calcium supplement everyday and you should also use a multi vitamin supplement 1 to 2 times per week.

Habitat

When you’re looking for the appropriate sized habitat for your gecko you want to make sure first of all that it has a secure cover and that a 10 to 20 gallons tank should be sufficient for one leopard gecko.  You want to make sure that there are multiple hiding area is within your geckos habitat including nontoxic plants in addition to branches and logs.  It is essential that you maintain no less than 50% humidity to properly promote shedding.

When it comes to substrates you want to use things like calcium sand however you should be made aware that geckos will sometimes eat substrates and if they do you want to put in an alternative like habitat carpet.  You want to use gradient temperature keeping it at 95° F at the warmer and so that they can bask and around no more than 88° on the cooler and of the habitat.

10 to 12 hours of lighting is required per day a and because geckos are more active at night they do not require UVB lighting.  You’ll want to use and incandescent bulb only during the daytime hours as it can be used for basking and at all wars of the day you want to make sure that you’re using a ceramic heater as your one and only heat source.

Be absolutely positive that you’re not housing two or more male geckos in the same place and make sure that you never house more than one species of reptiles together in one habitat.

Maintaining the Habitat

You want to thoroughly clean your geckos habitat at least one time per week.  Make sure that you’re placing your leopard gecko in a secure area where they cannot get loose while you’re cleaning their habitat.  Scrub the tank with a 3% bleach solution and make sure that you rinse thoroughly with water so you can get all of the bleach smell out of the tank.  Before adding your leopard get go back into the tank you want to make sure that it is completely dry and that you have added new substrate and replaced all of their furnishings.

Grooming

A leopard gecko will regularly shed their skin so ensure that the humidity in your habitat is at the appropriate levels. You also might want to provide a shedding box which can aid in the process of shedding. This can be something as simple as moss and a small box.

Normal Behaviors

Leopard geckos are incredibly active at night and will hide under things like rocks and burrowing into the stand during the day.  You should never ever over handle them as that can cause them a great deal of stress and never grab a gecko by their tail as they may detach their tail to get away from you. They are mostly meant to be observed rather than handled constanlty so keep that in mind if you are looking at this type of creature for a pet.

Signs of a Healthy Gecko

Your leopard gecko should be active an alert with bright clear eyes.  Their body and tail should be well filled out and rounded and they should unhealthy looking skin.  They should also have a healthy appetite if your leopard gecko is in good health.

Signs of an Unhealthy Gecko

If you’re looking for signs that your gecko may be unhealthy keep some of the following factors in mind.  An unhealthy leopard gecko will have weight loss or decreased appetite and will have made guest in their nose or mouth.  They will also go through a period of swelling and lethargy and will have things like sores or abrasions on their skin. If you feel like your leopard gecko is having any health issues you want to make sure that you get them medical attention immediately.

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