Pet Leopard Gecko Care & Information (Eublepharis macularius)
 
 
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Leopard Gecko Care Sheet

Eublepharis macularius Care

Leopard Gecko Care Introduction

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 from 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 years.

Leopard Gecko Housing

Vivarium Size
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) "
tank or aquarium, a small reptile cabinet or cage "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

Daily
Feeding, cleaning food containers, replacing water, poop scooping and removing old food residues.

Monthly
Vivarium cleaning and substrate replacement. Cleaning and sterilisation of enclosure decorations and equipment.

Yearly
Inspection of all electrical equipment, plugs & switches should be done twice a year.

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