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Leopard Gecko


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Traits & behavior

This means they eat mostly live insects.

This means they sleep during the day and are active at night.

Leopard geckos are healthiest and happiest living alone.

Things to remember

Always supervise children when they're interacting with your leopard gecko.

Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding him for short amounts of time. Take care to never handle him by the tail - it could break off.

Food safety
Remove uneaten insects from the habitat in the morning after nighttime feeding.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.


Crickets & worms

They eat live insects, like "gut loaded" (feed the insects a special supplement so they have extra nutrients) crickets, mealworms or wax worms.

Feeding amount & frequency
Feed juveniles once a day; adults 4-5 times a week. Offer an amount that can be consumed during their overnight feeding.

Calcium dust
"Dust" the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week - ask an associate for details.

They will lick from a small, shallow dish filled with vitamin/mineral powder.

Provide drinking water in a shallow dish and change water daily.


Signs of a healthy leopard gecko:

  • Curious, active behavior
  • Clear, alert eyes
  • Strong, muscular tail
  • Eats and drinks normally
  • Breathes easily
  • Well-formed droppings every 2-3 days

Things to watch for:

  • Runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Shedding problems; discolored skin

If you notice any of the signs above, please consult an experienced Reptile Veterinarian as soon as possible.


Use a 10-gallon or larger glass terrarium with a screen lid for proper ventilation.

Hiding place
Provide a natural or artificial rock or wood hiding place lined with moist peat moss.

Leopard geckos need a dry habitat with a moist hiding area. Moisten moss and place it in your pet's hiding area. Mist the moss daily to maintain humidity levels.


  • Day - Maintain a daytime temperature between 85-95° F
  • Night - Maintain a nighttime temperature between 65-75° F
  • Place a thermometer above the area with the under-tank heater and another at the cool end to monitor temperatures

Line a juvenile's (less than 6" long) home with reptile carpet. Use a 2"-3" layer of calcium sand for adult leopard geckos. Clean out waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month.

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