Leopard Gecko Husbandry
Husbandry refers to all
the practices involved in keeping a pet Leopard gecko. It
includes, but is not limited to
Leopard gecko housing,
Leopard gecko feeding.
It is said that about 80% of Leopard gecko diseases and other
medical related problems are due to incorrect husbandry.
Although there is a lot
said about the detailed keeping of Leopard geckos, some Leopard
gecko husbandry aspects are more important than others. I will
explain the most important points briefly, but the specific
links should supply more detailed information on its specific
The correct Leopard gecko
husbandry with regards to housing includes a large enough
enclosure for normal physical and physiological functioning. The
recommended floor space for a single Leopard gecko is at least
30 x 30 cm / 12 x 12 ". One to three geckos can be housed
together in an 13 ℓ / 3.5 gal (US) ADDIS™ (35 x 25 x 15 cm / 14
x 10 x 5.5 ") container with the correct setup. A 10 gallon / 40
-50 ℓ tank /
can also be used to house a few geckos. Other means of Leopard
gecko housing includes
plastic cages. The floor space should
increase with at least 25% for every Gecko added after that.
"Pal pens™ "or "Desert dens™ "can also be used.
Leopard gecko husbandry includes supplying the correct ambient
or background temperature. Under tank
heating such as a commercially available
heat pads / heat
strips should be used as external heat source if the room
temperature is below 25 ºC / 77 ºF. This equipment
should be placed in such as way to only emit about a third of
the floor surface of the terrarium and should be separated by
the (secured) substrate to prevent direct contact with the
Leopard gecko feeding
should consist of a combination of good quality insects like crickets,
Leopard gecko feedings should also be supplemented with
a good quality calcium supplement two to three times a week
and all insects should be gut loaded with an appropriate
gut loading food.
Leopard Gecko Husbandry Problems
Some parts of Leopard
gecko husbandry are severely neglected by certain owners. It
has been said many times that Leopard geckos are very hardy
animals to keep in captivity, but they need the correct husbandry to thrive.
Leopard gecko husbandry problems
can lead to various diseases, of which the most important one is
Leopard gecko MBD
(metabolic bone disease).