Leopard geckos are popular pet reptiles known for their distinctive spotted appearance, ease of care, and friendly personalities. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your Leopard gecko:
Leopard geckos should be housed in a 20-gallon tank or larger with a secure screen lid to prevent escapes. The tank should have a temperature gradient ranging from 75-88°F (24-31°C) with a basking spot of 90°F (32°C). Use a thermostat to regulate temperatures and prevent overheating. Provide a hiding spot, such as a rock or log, and a shallow water dish for soaking.
Leopard geckos should be housed on a substrate that is digestible and easy to clean. Options include reptile carpet, paper towels, or ceramic tile.
Leopard geckos are insectivores and should be fed a diet of gut-loaded crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and occasional pinky mice. Dust insects with a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement twice a week and a multivitamin once a week.
Leopard geckos do not require UVB lighting, but it is recommended to provide a 12-hour light/dark cycle to maintain a regular day/night schedule.
Leopard geckos are docile and easy to handle. Be gentle when picking up your gecko and support their entire body. Avoid grabbing by the tail, as it can break off as a defense mechanism.
Monitor your gecko’s behavior and appetite daily. Signs of illness include lethargy, weight loss, diarrhea, and abnormal behavior. If you suspect your gecko is sick, consult a veterinarian experienced in reptile care.
By following these basic guidelines, you can ensure your Leopard gecko is healthy and happy in their new home.