By Matthew

 

Leopard Geckos

The leopard gecko is a great beginner reptile to have as a pet. They are hardy animals that are docile in nature. Leopard geckos come in a variety of patterns and colors. They do not require much space or a lot of care which is why people believe they are the easiest lizards to keep.

Gecko Size

Baby geckos measure around 3-4 inches long. Adult females can grow up to 8 inches while the male grows up to 10 inches. There are now larger geckos being breed that are referred to as "giants" which can reach up to a foot long.

A single gecko can be housed in a 10 gallon tank. Since they are nocturnal animals, they do not need a basking lamp. They need a hot side with a hide in it and a cooler moist hide to help with shedding. They need an under tank heating pad and a daylight lamp so the tank can stay around 92 degrees on the hot side. The subtrate sound be habitat carpet or paper towel. Do NOT use sand as they can eat it and get sick.

Gecko Habitat

Diet

The leopard gecko diets consists of insects such as mealworms and crickets. These insects must be gutloaded so that the gecko gets the most nutrients it can get. The mealworms and crickets need to be dusted with calcium powder and vitamins. Waxworms can be given to geckos as a treat once a week but can not be given on a daily basis due to their high fat content. Adult leopard geckos should be fed every other day while juveniles should be fed daily. 

Shedding

As your leopard gecko grows, they will shed. Babies shed much more often than adults. They shed their entire skin at once and eat it so they leave no trace of it behind. They also eat it for the nutrients it provides. A moist hide help the gecko shed easier. You know a gecko is about to shed because their skins becomes white and dull in color. 

Handling Your Leopard Gecko

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