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Providing for Your Leopard Gecko

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One of the many types of reptiles for sale online you can purchase is a leopard gecko. These geckos have a calm temperament and are great for beginners. However, to keep them healthy and happy, you must provide the right habitat. Here are some things to know about leopard geckos and what you need to keep this species comfortable and happy.

What Types of Environments do Leopard Geckos Need?

Leopard geckos originate from an arid climate, so a desert-like environment in their terrarium would be ideal. Be careful with the substrate, though. Many experts recommend against sand as a substrate as it could cause digestive system impaction. You can try a sand-colored mat if you want to recreate a natural environment.

Leopard geckos also like their environment around room temperature in the cooler part. Provide a basking rock and lamp to provide a warm spot of 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your geckos also have adequate hiding places. Keep one hiding place moist to allow for easy shedding. They also need a little space. Try at least a ten or 20-gallon tank at a minimum.

Can More Than One Leopard Gecko Live Together?

Leopard geckos, by nature, are loners. However, you can keep more than one in the same habitat provided that you only have one male and you have a big enough tank. Two males kept together will fight, especially in tight quarters. The more geckos you have together, the larger your tank should be.

What Do Leopard Geckos Eat?

Leopard geckos eat a traditional reptile diet of live crickets, mealworms, and super worms. Only feed them live insects. Dead insects could carry bacteria that makes the geckos sick. Only offer your pets enough food that they can eat and don't overfeed them. Some insects, like super worms, can be fattening and should only be given as treats.

How Do Leopard Geckos Show They're Stressed?

If your leopard gecko is not feeling well or is stressed, it will hide from you more than usual. They may also act defensively and engage in behaviors like tail waving. Stressed geckos may also refuse food, especially if you don't provide the right ones. Some leopard geckos may act like it's trying to climb the glass to escape.

Like any pet, your new leopard gecko needs time to adjust, especially when they arrive at your home. By being patient and providing for their needs, they should eventually warm up to you. If you think a leopard gecko would be a good fit for you, read up on them and find a seller that can provide one for you.

To learn more or to find other reptiles for sale near you, visit a pet shop.