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Leopard Gecko Temperature

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Leopard Gecko Temperature

Leopard geckos are ectothermic (relying on external heat sources to keep their body temperature at a suitable level) and poikilothermic (having a variable body temperature). The Leopard gecko temperature should be in the range of 25 - 32 C / 77 - 90 F during the day with a natural drop to room temperature during the evenings. In the warmer parts of the world where the Leopard gecko temperature range can be naturally achieved, no additional Leopard gecko heating is necessary, but when this is not the case additional heating equipment might come in handy.

Under tank heating such as a commercially available heat pads or heat strips can be used as external heat source. 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 lizard. An under tank heat pad will keep the cage warm during the day and night.

Another means of Leopard gecko heating is overhead heat lamps. Some of these heating lights (i.e. day lamps) will also emit light and no additional lighting will be necessary when using this method. Additional night lamps should be used during the evenings. For overhead heating, a Leopard gecko tank or aquarium with a fine wire mesh covered lid is needed. As with other Leopard gecko heating, it is important to mount the heat source on one side of the enclosure to create a natural temperature gradient away from the source.

Leopard Gecko Heat Source

Leopard geckos will thermoregulate by moving towards or away from the heat source. When additional heating is used, it should be placed on one side of the container to create a natural temperature gradient away from it. Temperatures should be measured by using a thermometer directly on top of the substrate.

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