Leopard geckos are very low maintenance in comparison to other reptiles commonly kept as pets. The minimum tank size for one leopard gecko is 10 gallons. A larger tank, such as a 20 gallon long, is preferable. Leopard geckos are solitary animals and only come together in the wild to mate, so individual housing is best. Care givers for leopard geckos often anthropomorphize, compromising the quality of living for the leopard gecko. In order to properly digest their food, leopard geckos need a warm spot of 88-94F. Using a thermostat or rheostat paired with a digital thermometer with a probe is recommended for accurate tempature control. Never use hot rocks for it can burn their stomachs. The substrate in their vivariums does not need to be cleaned too often, as leopard geckos do not have bladders so their urates are solid. Never use wood chip or sand substrate this can become lodged in the digestive system blocking them from ingesting food and tearing through the lower digestive system. Even when using sand that is advertised as digestable there is a risk of impaction that could potentially kill a leopard gecko, but usually only at a younger age, or to the length of around 6 inches. Ideal substrates are paper towel, black and white newspaper, reptile carpet, shelf liner or for a natural look slate tile. The water bowl needs to be cleaned daily to keep the water clean from algae, skin, and dead feeder insects. The most common method to help pet geckos shed their old skin, is to add a 'humid hide' into the vivarium. These are usually small dens with damp kitchen toweling, vermiculite or moss. Another, less manual way of helping pet geckos shed skin, is to add a piece of large bark, or another natural-looking, rough surfaced ornament for the gecko to rub up against. If the skin doesn't come all the way off their toes you should soak the feet in water and then try to gently roll it off with a cotton swab The Leopard Gecko is one of the most vocal creatures of its species and the noise it makes often is similar to the squirting of water. Do not be alarmed if you hear this noise, that the Lizard is sick is a common misconception due to the vocal nature of the Gecko. Veterinary Care guide
Leopard geckos can be fed a staple diet consisting of insects including crickets, mealworms, grasshopers, and any viable inscet that is no bigger than the width of the geckos head. Insects should be dusted with vitamin and calcium supplements every other feeding for adults and every feeding for growing babies and juvies. Adult leopard geckos should be fed every 2-3 days, and baby's and juvies should be fed daily. Waxworms and pinkie's (baby mice without fur) are very fattening, and should rarely be offered to geckos as to avoid obesity, and/or fatty liver disease. Pinkie mice are usually only offered to females in preparation to breed as they need a higher body wieght to produce eggs. Many people believe that geckos are purely insectivorous, however in the wild they will eat anything they can overpower, including mice. Gutloading insects with nutritious grains, seeds, oats and fruits/vegetables is crucial to supplying proper nutrition to a gecko. Never leave extra insects roaming in the gecko's cage as they can bite the gecko and cause infection.
The oldest recorded Leopard Gecko in captivity is a 25 year old male who lives at a zoo. Most Leopard Geckos will live (with proper care) well into their teens. Breeding females will usually live a shorter life span.
The Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) is a nocturnal ground-dwelling gecko found in the deserts of Pakistan, northern India, Afghanistan, and parts of Iran. Unlike most geckos it possesses eyelids. Leopard geckos have become well established in captivity, particularly the pet industry. Prices in pet stores usually range from $20 (US) to $70. Prices for rare morphs of leopard geckos can be substantially higher.
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