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Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

Experience Level: Beginner

leopard Gecko in Terrarium

Nutrition and Maintenance

Dietary Requirements
• Leopard Geckos are insectivores, meaning their diet consists primarily of live insects.

• Crickets are a primary food source, but Leopard Geckos benefit from a variety of different items in their diet. Alternate the type of insects being fed.

• Leopard Geckos are best fed at night.

• They require calcium supplementation and a reptile multivitamin. Leopard Geckos will lick calcium/vitamin powder out of a small dish placed in their habitat.

• Clean food and water bowls daily.

 

Dietary Options


Examples Feeding Frequency
Insects*

Crickets**,

mealworms,

occasional waxworms

Offer daily to every other day

 

Offer only enough to be

consumed by the end of

the night.

*Insects should be dusted with calcium supplement twice weekly, and a multivitamin once a week.

**Crickets should be fed a gut-loaded diet (commercially available nutrient-dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet.

 

Water
• Leopard Geckos will drink from a shallow dish and lick moisture from their skin; lightly mist your pet every other day with warm water.

• Ensure geckos have access to a moist hiding area.

• Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.

Other Reminders
• Use caution when handling pets. Remember that pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed.

• Pets may transmit disease to humans; wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning their home.