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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



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.


• 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.