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Leopard Gecko Care

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Care Guide

There are many different varieties of leopard geckos that are commercially available for purchase everywhere. As with many other prize animals like koi carp or goldfish leopard geckos are sought after by breeders who in turn sell them to people, it’s a very hot market.

Like many other animals that can be domesticated leopard geckos possess features that are so unique which make them very sought after by breeders and people. They are capable of enduring hard conditions, fairly easy to care for, and the potential to live very long lives, if taken care of properly. They are neither too big nor too small which makes them the perfect size to handle and not presenting risks or need aquariums or tanks that cannot be integrated into the style of your home. Check this post, it contains information about one of the best leopard gecko care guide on everything gecko related.

Quick Care Info

When it comes to leopard gecko care, like all lizards, most of what they need is a nice and clean tank or aquarium and heat. That for the most part will keep them happy and with a very lengthy life. In the wild a leopard gecko can get up to 10 inches or more, the same can be achieved through captivity if they are fed really well.

Diet

Leopard gecko prefer live, moving insect to prey on. Today, there is an abundant commercially raised crickets available to have your gecko feed on but for a time leopard gecko diet was mainly consisting of meal worms  Though, there was an inconsistency in breeding success and successfully raising baby leopard geckos was an issue until leopard gecko breeders started to use insects that had a nutritional meal fed to them and dusted with powdered vitamin prior to offering them to the lizards. Keep in mind the size of the prey as well, as a rule; the prey (crickets, meal worm  pink mice etc…) should not be more than the length of the lizard’s head.

The best diet to offer your leopard geckos are raised crickets and meal worms  For adult geckos you can offer them pink mice, king meal worms and wax worms but in smaller amount though. Before you begin to feed your leopard gecko, gut-loaded your crickets and meal worms by powdered them overnight with vitamins this offers a very high quality diet.

Vitamin and Supplementation

Leopard geckos for the most part are hardy so they will tolerate a very wide range of supplement unlike other lizards where they range of tolerance are narrow. The one vital option as far as vitamins are concern is calcium, it can be supplied in two ways calcium gluconate or calcium carbonate. Also keep a jar lid of powdered calcium carbonate or gluconate inside with them at all time.

Feed

One of the way in which you care for your leopard gecko is by feeding them of course, you can feed them live insects in shallow ashtrays or ceramic dishes or any small shallow objects. A container is recommended mainly to prevent crickets or the meal worm to escape into the substrate which might reduce the speed at which crickets disperse in the vivarium. It is very important for the insects to be consumed when still coated with the supplement.

Sickness

One of the concern that leopard gecko owners run into is sickness. Especially when you first purchase your lizard. It is recommended that you purchase your pet gecko from well known breeders and pet stores, this way you can return the lizard if problem arises. Like all pets leopard geckos can and do get sick so here are some signs to look for. If your gecko is not eating make sure it is not dehydrated. If you pull back part of its folded skin and it does not go back to its original position immediately then dehydration is a very good possibility.

Another cause for not eating or anorexia is the temperature might be too cool or way to hot so it has to be in the perfect position from 70 degree to about 88 degree Fahrenheit  If the problem persist or you suspect something else is going on then it is time for a visit to the veterinarian. The vet is in a better position to assist and look for other possibilities including parasite or an infestation of some kind.

Housing

Glass enclosures are the most common sold in pet trade. Remember leopard geckos are used to large space in desert area so to just put them in some small little enclosure will make them very unhappy. It is recommended that a standard 10 gallon vivarium is quite enough for a single lizard. And a 20 gallon vivarium can be very accommodating for a pair like a female and a male together. If you like to incorporate many things into the design then you might want to consider a larger enclosure for your lizard to move about freely.

Handling

leopard gecko handlingLeopard geckos don’t like to be handled all the time. Now this is not a general rule as it depends on whether the animal is used to being handle all the time vs. one that doesn’t get handled very much. They sometime bites but it is nothing consequential to be worried about. It won’t bring harm to you. Make sure to supervise when kids are handling them as they might not be doing it properly. Keep in mind that they are displayed animal more than a pet as such.

What should you look for?

Alertness is vital you want geckos that are live and vibrant. One that looks healthy, not too old and won’t discriminate when it comes to food. In general geckos will eat almost anything you give them. The idea is to have a set of rule to follow one that you know without a doubt will work every time. They are really great creatures and they live for a long time which make them great companions to have around.