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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.82    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 02/14/2005

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Geckos

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Nizzi

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Leopard Gecko

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Some areas of this caresheet can be applied to fat tails etc.

Sexing and Characteristics:

N/A

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

For young lizards I’d suggest you use a more gravely’ (excuse the spelling) substrate. This is due to the fact that most Leos will on occasions will ingest some of the sand in there vivs’.
Adult Leos, mostly any sand/gravel mix is fine.
I use Coral sand for my lott.

Lighting and UVB:

A good basking light is needed during the day. At night no light is needed. UV is not really required as leopard geckos are most active during the late evening and through night.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temps should be around 30-40 Celsius day, and should fall quite reasonably during the night. There’s no real NEED to have a certain temp. Leo’s are hardy little buggers.

Heating and Equipment:

Basking light is a must. UV is not really needed. A good quality heat mat is a must. Have it at one side of you’re viv to create a ’warm side’ and a ’cool side’ That way you’re Leo can regulate his/her own temp. Under floor or glass side heat mats are either acceptable.

Caging Provided:

A 10gal tank is real good for a single Leo, maybe a male. As you get a large tank you can consider adding more Leos. Don’t give him/her a huge space to occupy, this can lead to stress.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Crickets are a good base for you’re lizard’s diet. In general the animal being fed to you’re lizard should be on average a third (1/3) of the size of the lizards head. As much as the Leo will eat per day, every 2-3 days for adults. Juveniles should be fed daily.

Wax/Meal worm can be supplemented. Some Leos take small parts of fruit (my male Diego loves scrapings of pear). Baby food is good for gravid females.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Calcium should be used on crickets a couple times a week. A good high quality Calcium/Vit mix is advisable. Read labels because there can be a difference of dosing in each product.

Maintenance:

Feces should be removed whenever visible. Dead crickets also. If there are living crickets wandering the viv remove them and place in again when you’re lizard is more active - stray crickets can and probably will bite you’re Leo, which can lead to infection and death.

Some Words on this Species:

Good for beginners, very social with people if handled from an early age. Easy to breed, hardy little creatures.
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