Leopard Gecko Care Sheet
|Common Name||Leopard Gecko|
|Lifespan||Leopard Geckos can live up to 20 years old|
|Social||In the wild leopard geckos have been found living in groups|
Leopard Geckos are one of the most popular reptile species within the reptile hobby, They stay at a manageable size and can tolerate handling better than most other reptiles. Leopard Geckos are a ground dwelling and do well in captivity. Leopard geckos are the first choice for many people entering the hobby. Leopard geckos live for around 15-20 years, although some people have documented 25+ years.
REGION & NATURAL HABITAT
Leopard Geckos are native to the grasslands of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. Leopard geckos have been found living in colonies in india. Leopard geckos natural habitat can range from dry grassland to humid forests in india.
Leopard geckos can be found in moist areas where there may be a broken water pipe, This is interesting as it goes to show that providing a moist hide is needed in captivity.
APPEARANCE & SIZE
Leopard Geckos come in a range of colours and patterns. These are called morphs and today in the hobby there is such a wide range to choose from. Click here to see some of the leopard gecko morphs.
Leopard Geckos can range in size but they’re usually 15-20cm. This varies with leopard gecko sub species and the ‘Giant’ Leopard Gecko Morph.
HANDLING & TEMPERAMENT
Leopard geckos are great if you are wanting to get yourself a reptile that tolerates handling. They are a docile species that you can get hands on with. Leopard geckos have the ability to drop their tail when they feel threatened so it is important to know the body language of the leopard gecko you are handling. They can grow their tails back but their tail wont look the same as it did before.
DIET & FLUIDS
Livefood is the best way to feed your leopard gecko. Many owners feed mealworms as a staple but variety is always best. You can also feed Crickets, Locust, Super worms and dubia roaches.
Water dish should always be provided. Some people say that water dish is not needed as they will drink droplets from inside their moist hide but from experience if a water dish is offered they will drink much more water.
A minimum enclosure size of 3ft Length x 2ft Depth x 2ft Height.
This is to be able to provide a gradient so your leopard gecko can self regulate their heat. You can put a hatchling straight into a 3ft enclosure, you will just need to make sure they are eating and that you provide plenty of hiding spaces for your new hatchling.
If you are a new keeper then we suggest sticking with kitchen roll, this is so you can perfect your temperatures and check they are eating and pooing. Once you have more experience and have perfected your husbandry then you can switch to a soil/sand mix.
You should provided a feeding dish and water dish as mentioned above.
Movement, Basking Spots & Other Enrichment
Providing plenty of hiding places and branches to climb will provide great enrichment for your leopard gecko and also be much more fun watching them. We provide a few good size branches and plenty of fake leaves so our leopard geckos can stay hidden if they want.
If you are providing overhead heat, You should place a large stone underneath the basking spot as this will hold heat and be more natural for your new leopard gecko.
Leopard geckos need a minimum of three hides:
Hot Hide – Hot hide should be provided so they can warm up without having to bask in the open.
Moist Hide – This is a hide filled with either moist coco fibre or sphagnum moss.
Cold Hide – A Hide should be placed on the cold side so they can retreat somewhere cooler if they are too hot.
TEMPERATURES & HUMIDITY
You should provide a basking spot of 30-32c and a cold side of 24-26c. This will provide the gradient needed for leopard geckos.
Humidity should be kept at 30-40% with a moist hide which should be kept humid at all times.
You can provide heating by either overhead heating (Ceramic heaters, Basking lights) or you can provide with heat mats. This is down to personal choice but many people are saying overhead heating is much better. It is but sometimes for a new keeper this can be very scary. Always make sure any heating devices are attached to a thermostat!
Many people say they dont provide any lighting for their leopard geckos, but it is now clear that leopard geckos benefit from UV. So if you are wanting to provide UV there is many kits out there suitable for leopard geckos.
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CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Spot cleaning should be done everyday, if you see some poo in the enclosure just pick it out and throw it in the bin and then a deep clean should be provided once every week or 2 weeks depending how dirty the enclosure has got.
Any other problems we havent covered will be put here – If you have a question feel free to contact us and we will update this section.