Leopard Gecko Care Sheet
Eublepharis macularius Care
Leopard geckos are nocturnal lizards belonging to the
Eublepharinae subfamily of the family Gekkonidae. They are
robust geckos with relative large heads and a thick,
fat-filled tail. The belly is white while the natural upper
part is pale yellow to brown with black leopard-like spots.
Baby Leopard geckos have broad
black and white bands instead of spots. The skin is covered with
numerous tiny wart-like tubercles, giving it a rough feeling.
Their natural habitat includes the desert and dry savannah areas
of Southern Central Asia.
Leopard geckos make interesting pets.
Across the world
thousands of these geckos are kept and bred and are available
various pet shops. When their basic husbandry requirements are
met, these Leopard geckos are extremely hardy and a pleasure to keep.
Leopard Gecko Development
Hatchling / baby (day 1 to 4 months), juvenile (4 to 18 months), adult
(18 months and older).
The average lifespan of a Leopard gecko is approximately 25
A single Leopard gecko can be housed in an area as small as 30 x
30 cm / 12 x 12 ". One or two Leopards can be housed together
in an ADDIS® (35 x 25 x 15) cm / (13.7 x 10 x 10) " container with
the correct setup. A 10 gallon / 30 -50 ℓ / (61 x 23 x 33) cm /
(24 x 9 x 13) "
aquarium, a small reptile
"Pal pens™ "or "Desert dens™ " can also be used to house one to
a few geckos. The floor space should increase with at least 25%
for every gecko added after that.
Leopard Gecko Substrate
Good bedding substrates include newspaper, butcher / brown
paper, astroturf and carpet. Inappropriate substrates such as
sand, egg shells, corn cob and any sized gravel or pebbles can
give problems with ingestion and subsequent impaction. Pieces of
driftwood, bark or rocks can be used for terrarium decoration.
It is essential to supply adequate hiding, such as a closed hide
box, for geckos to stay and sleep during the day. Moist peat
moss or moist vermiculite should be used as substrates in these
sleeping areas for the gecko to stay cool during the day and for
normal shedding to take place.
Leopard Gecko Maintenance
Feeding, cleaning food containers, replacing water, poop
scooping and removing old food residues.
Vivarium cleaning and substrate replacement. Cleaning and
sterilisation of enclosure decorations and equipment.
Inspection of all electrical equipment, plugs & switches should
be done twice a year.
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