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Leopard Gecko Caresheet

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Originally from Southern Asia, the Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) is a long-lived and hardy lizard. They have been known to live for as long as 15 years in captivity. Leopard Geckos are extremely popular as pets. They grow to be about 10 inches long.

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Leopard Gecko Care Information

Food & Water

Crickets and mealworms are the preferred food for Leopard Geckos. Wax worms can be used as well, but only on occasion as they contain too much fat. Some Geckos will also eat fruit. Baby food is perfect to use as it is pre-mashed, and full of vitamins.

While they are young, Leopard Geckos should shed once every two weeks or so if they are eating enough.

A Leopard Gecko's water source should be provided in a small dish. Some sort of a calcium source is a good idea to ensure a healthy gecko. For Leopard Geckos, you can dust it on their food or even provide it to them in a small dish which they will lick.

Remember, Leopard Geckos are nocturnal lizards. They need to be fed at night, before you go to sleep. Make sure to completely remove any insect debris or leftover fruit.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

A daytime habitat temperature of about 85 degrees F is appropriate for Leopard Geckos. At nighttime make sure that the temperature does not drop below 80 degrees F. A heat source should be placed at one end of the habitat to give your Leopard Gecko a temperature gradient (from end to end). "Hot rocks" are not recommended as a heat source as they can cause burns on your lizard.

As mentioned, Leopard Geckos are nocturnal. You still need to provide the heat gradient and the 12 hour daylight cycle though. They will be active mostly at night.

Housing and Habitat

Leopard Geckos like to have a hiding place available, so a hiding place at both the warm and cool ends of the cage is a good idea. Having a hide box in the warm part of the cage will also aid in the shedding process. While your Leopard Gecko is shedding you can spray that side of the habitat with water in order to raise the humidity. If a high enough humidity is not provided it may be very difficult for your gecko to shed its skin in certain areas.

Leopard Geckos will almost always choose one corner of their habitat to 'relieve' themselves. This will significantly decrease the amount of work involved in cleaning up after your Leopard Gecko.

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