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Leopard Gecko Photoperiod

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Leopard Gecko Photoperiod

The photoperiod is the time a Leopard gecko dragon is exposed to light over a period of 24 hours. The Leopard gecko photoperiod has an effect on growth, but more importantly, the day night rhythm of these animals.

Leopard Gecko Photoperiod Sensor

Leopard geckos have a so-called pineal gland in the top of their head. It is also called a "third eye" which is sensitive to visible light exposure. During the day, when visible light is at its most, hormones are secreted by this gland. When this hormone is low (i.e. when the day length is relative short, and the evenings are relative long) the lizard's brain picks up that its winder. When there is a sudden change in concentration from low to high (i.e. during spring) the these hormones stimulate sex glands to secrete sex hormones.

Leopard Gecko Photoperiod In Captivity

To create a "natural" photoperiod in captivity the natural lights shining into the container or the artificial Leopard gecko lighting should be on for about forteen hours per day during the summer period. During winter this time can be reduced to twelve hours per day. Commercially available Leopard gecko timers can be used to automate the light cycle.

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