Caring for a Leopard Gecko

Caring for a Leopard Gecko

Do you think reptiles are cute? Our scaled friends can actually make quite charming little pets. One reptile that is becoming very popular is the Leopard gecko. These adorable lizards aren’t difficult to care for, and can be a great choice for first-time reptile parents. In this article from a Marin County, CA vet, you’ll learn the basics of good leopard gecko care.


Since geckos spend most of their time in their tanks, making sure your scaled pal is comfy and cozy in his home is very important. You’ll need at least a 10-gallon tank for one gecko, though bigger is always better. Once you’ve picked the tank out, you’ll need to add a safe and suitable substrate, such as flat stones or turf. These little guys can get nervous, so make sure to offer your reptilian pal a few little homes to hide in when he wants. One of your pet’s hidey-holes should be moist, and should contain moss or vermiculite. This will help your pretty reptile shed. Ask your vet for more recommendations.


In order to keep your beautiful pet comfortable, you’ll need to make sure his cage is set to the proper temperatures. Leopard geckos need both warm and cool zones in their homes. You’ll need to keep one end of the cage around 85-90 °F, with the rest around 73-75 °F. It may be tempting to use heat lamps or hot rocks, but under-tank heating is much safer, as it doesn’t present burn hazards.


Feeding these pretty lizards is not for the squeamish: leopard geckos eat live bugs! You’ll need to give your tiny dinosaur lots of creepy-crawlies, such as mealworms and crickets. Waxworms and mealworms are also fine. Before giving your gecko his food, you’ll need to dust the bugs with nutrient-rich powder, and give them time to absorb it. This usually takes about 12 hours. Calcium and fresh water are also crucial for your gecko’s health. Ask your vet for more information.


Leopard geckos can be quite friendly, which is one reason they make such good pets. Socialization is very important, however. It’s best to get your little buddy used to being handled when he’s little. Always be very gentle when handling and taming your cute reptile.

Do you have any questions about Leopard gecko care? Call us, your Marin County, CA animal clinic, today!

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