Leopard Geckos


 

Origin: primarily within Pakistan but they can also be found in Afghanistan and southern parts of India. Their environment is very hot and arid; the terrain is usually a desert and/or clay-like surface. During the day, they hide in cracks, caves and crevices to sleep and keep cooler. Once the sun has gone down they come out to hunt.

Life span: 15-20 years under the best conditions

Tank size: An adult leopard gecko needs 10 square inches of space. A 10-gallon tank is a great space. Two males should never be kept in an enclosure together; they could end up fighting over territory. Do not house too many young geckos together because they have ravenous appetites and could decide their cagemates look like good eating if they're hungry. A hide box, filled with moist potting soil, is a requirement for the habitat of a Leopard Gecko. Leopard geckos require a shallow dish or bowl that won't tip over easily. You can use something like a jar lid or you could get as complicated as a hollow water dish that serves as a secondary hiding spot

Heat/Lamps: The leopard geckos' hidebox should be kept at a temperature of 88-90° Fahrenheit and the other side of the cage should be about 5-10° cooler. You can reach the required temperatures by placing an under-tank heater (a UTH) on the side of the cage. However, because a UTH can raise temperatures too much, you should purchase a thermostat or rheostat to control the temperature.Leopard geckos do not require Ultra-Violet rays because they receive benefits through their diet. In addition, because they are nocturnal and hide during the day, they don't normally see the sun.

Substrate:  Leopard geckos require a substrate that won't hold humidity because they are native to an arid environment. If you're trying to setup a more natural looking environment for your geckos, try using sifted and washed play-sand

diet: It is imperative that young geckos eat a healthy diet. Their long-term health is dependent upon their diet within their first year. Young leopard geckos should be fed five to ten appropriately sized food items every day. The food items should be no larger than the width of the reptiles mouth. This holds true in young and old Leopard Geckos. Adult leopard geckos do not eat as much and should be fed two to three times a week. Throw in about 30 crickets and remove any that are uneaten the next day. Crickets or mealworms should form the bulk of the Leopard Gecko's diet

In addition to the live insects, leopard geckos should also be provided with a calcium supplement. You can gut-load crickets 24-48 hours prior to feeding them to your leopard geckos. Take your crickets and put them in a rubbermaid container and then feed them either chicken feed or cricket food. You can also provide Repti-cal in a dish within the enclosure. The geckos will lick it up when they need calcium. Without a calcium supplement your leopard gecko can quickly develop deformities

Size : 8"-10".