LEOPARD GECKO

Leopard Geckos are among the most popular pet reptiles and are an excellent choice for beginner hobbyists. Leopard Geckos stay small, are very docile, and are relatively easy to maintain in captivity. These geckos are beautifully marked and have fascinating personalities. Over the years breeders have developed many different color morphs that have become available to hobbyists at all levels.
  • Common Name: Leopard Gecko
  • Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius
  • Distribution: Pakistan, India and surrounding regions
  • Size: 8-9"
  • Life Span: 10-18 years
HABITAT
  • Hatchling to juvenile Leopard Geckos can be housed in a 10 gallon terrarium. Young Leopard Geckos can be housed together.
  • Adult Leopard Geckos will need at least a 20 gallon terrarium. Do not keep males together because they are territorial.
  • Zoo Med's ReptiHabitat 10 and 20 gallon terrariums are an excellent choice for Leopard Geckos.
  • A Repti Shelter, Habba Hut, or Cork Bark will provide a secure hiding place to help reduce stress.
  • Make sure that each gecko has
    a place to hide.
HEATING
  • Daytime Terrarium Temperature:
    78-85° F
  • Basking Spot: 90° F
  • Nighttime Temperature: 70-72°F
  • It is important to create a thermal gradient in your terrarium. This can be accomplished by providing a Basking Spot Lamp and an Under Tank Heater on one side of the terrarium. By focusing the heating elements on one side of the cage, you will naturally provide the proper thermal gradient.
  • Although these nocturnal animals will not generally bask, providing a basking spot will maintain proper temperatures in your terrarium.
  • Any of Zoo Med's thermometers will help you keep a close eye on terrarium temperatures.
 
LIGHTING
  • New studies have shown that Leopard Geckos will greatly benefit from exposure to UVB lighting.
  • Zoo Med's NatureSun® or ReptiSun® 5.0 Fluorescent Lamps can be used to illuminate your terrarium and create a photoperiod (light cycle) that will keep your animal on natural day/night cycles.
 
SUBSTRATES
  • Leopard Geckos live in arid, sandy places in the wild and will do well on a variety of sand-type substrates in captivity.
  • Hatchling Leopard Geckos will do best on Cage Carpet such as Zoo Med's Eco Carpet or Vita-Sand®.
  • Excavator® Burrowing Clay Substrate will allow you to create a naturalistic terrarium complete with burrows and tunnels for your animals.
  • ReptiSand® and ReptiFresh® are excellent choices for housing Leopard Geckos.
 
NUTRITION
  • Leopard Geckos are insectivorous and will need to be offered a variety of insects to stay healthy.
  • Insect size = width of gecko's head.
  • Leopard Geckos should be fed crickets or mealworms dusted with ReptiCalcium® and ReptiVite™ as directed.
  • Always remove uneaten crickets after each feeding.
 
Repti Habitat Terrarium RC-30 ReptiShelter RH-8 Repti Heat Cave CF9-M Cork Round HH-M Habba Hut WD-3- Water Dish FD-30 Food Dish RH-4 ReptiTherm SL-75 Repti Basking Spot Lamp LF-55 Naturalistic Terrarium Hood LF-18 Mini Deep Dome RS-50 Nocturnal Infared Heat Lamp DB-60 Daylight Blue Bulb NR-60 Nightligh Red Reptile Bulb TH-24 Digital Terrarium Thermometer TH-20 Analog Reptile Thermometer LF-60 ReptiSun Terrarium Hood ES-36 NatureSun Fluorescent Bulb FS-36 Reptisun 5.0 UVB Fluorescent Bulb ET-10 Eco Carpet XR-10 Excavator Caly Burrowing Substrate SR-10 Repti Sand Natural Red For Desert Dwelling Reptiles RO-8 Repti Fresh  Odor Eliminating Substrate VO-10 Vita-Sand Outback Orange Calcium Carbonate Substrate A36-8 ReptiVite without D3 A33-8 Repti Calcium wihtout D3 ZM-41 Can O' Crickets ZM-146 Can O' Superworms ZM-47 Can O' Mealies

 

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