Leopard geckos originate from the deserts of Pakistan and make great pets. Unlike geckos with sticky pads on their toes, cannot climb walls and spend all of their time on the ground. So these animals are suited for short wide tanks rather than tall ones. Leopard geckos are nocturnal and do not require special lighting. However, in the wild they do absorb some UV rays during the dusk hours when they emerge to feed, and may benefit from being provided a UV lamp. They tend to have gentle temperaments and tolerate being handled. Many will respond to food and attempt to gain your attention to beg for treats.
These intelligent creatures enjoy having numerous places to hide, bask, and explore in. A variety of textures and materials such as wood, cork, and different types of rock can be used to accomplish this while providing mental enrichment. Like many desert animals they require warm and cool side to their enclosure and a humid hide to properly shed their skin. For difficult sheds try Reptanicals Shed Support to help loosen tight or stuck shed and lock in critical moisture. Leopard geckos are carnivores and should be fed a variety of insects like crickets and mealworms that have been gut loaded for at least 12 hours prior to feeding, and dusted with a calcium supplement every other time. They come in a vast variety of color morphs
Size: 10 inches
Lifespan: 20 years
Food Preferences: crickets, mealworms, superworms, grasshoppers, waxworms (as occasional treats).
Temperature Requirements: Daytime 85-95*F on warm side and 75-85* on cool side of the enclosure, night time temps can drop about ten degrees
Lighting: 12 hours light
Substrate: 2-3" of sand or reptile carpet (geckos under 6" may accidentally ingest sand)
Humidity: 20 -30% (Desert) - but a humid hide must be provided
Suggested Products: Reptanicals Tattered Toes, Isopod Cleaner Crews, fossil feeder dish, fossil basker