Leopard Gecko Hygiene
Leopard gecko hygiene include everything that has to do with
the cleanliness of these animals and can be broadly divided into
hygiene for the gecko and hygiene for the owner. By practicing
proper hygiene the spread of diseases can be prevented.
Leopard Gecko Hygiene Practices
Correct Leopard gecko hygiene practices can help to reduce the
incidence and spreading of diseases. The most important Leopard
gecko practice is the daily cleaning and disinfection
of food and water bowls.
The daily removal of of stool is also very important. Remember
to use an inverted plastic bag instead of your bare hands and to
wash your hands after each cleaning session!
Other Leopard gecko hygiene practices include the removal and
Leopard gecko substrate and cage furniture.
Leopard Gecko Sterilization & Disinfection
Sterilization refers to the removal of all microorganisms from
objects (as suppose to live tissue), whereas disinfection refers
to the cleaning of live tissues i.e. your hands. There are
various sterilants and disinfectant on the market. Popular
Leopard gecko sterilants include F10 products (available form
your local veterinarian) and properly diluted bleach solutions.
Leopard Gecko Owner Hygiene Practices
The most important hygiene practice for Leopard gecko owners
are probably hand washing after each time a Leopard gecko has
been handled. This will prevent the spread from one gecko to the next, but more importantly between a
Leopard gecko and yourself. Various antiseptic / disinfection hand wash
soaps are available from your local pharmacy for this purpose.