Introduction: How to Care for a "Leopard Gecko"
Hi, this is my first instructable, and it is my entry for the pets challenge. The pictures i took with my phone were not great so some are off of google image. Anyways, heres some background information
The Leopard Gecko, or eublepharis macularius, is a small, easy-to care for pet. "Eublepharis macularius" roughly translates as
eublepharis; True/real eyelids
Unlike other geckos, the leopard gecko (And relatives) have moveable eyelids, and lack the special toe pads to climb up vertical places.. instead, they have small claws.
Step 1: How to Create a Good Home.
To give a leopard gecko a good home, you first will need a few things.
Depending On How Many Geckos....
1 Gecko - 10 Gallon Tank
2 Geckos - 15 Gallon Tank
3 Geckos - 20 Gallon Tank
Never, put 2 males in one tank, they will fight and could end up dyeing
Ground material (Sand, moss, wood chips) enough to cover the bottom with a few layers and have extra
Rocks & Hiding places - Leopard Geckos are Nocturnal. That means they sleep during the day and are awake at night.
Food dish & water dish
A Small in-tank thermometer - geckos need to constantly be at 85/90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and can go into the low seventies at night.
A lamp with a heat bulb - Ceramic bulb, heating pads, incandescent lights (During the day only), etc. Do NOT USE A HOT ROCK, your pet will develop heat spots, and could die if it basks on it and falls asleep.
Step 2: Feeding
Leopard geckos are carnivores, which means they eat meat.
They mainly eat;
LIVE Meal worms
and some other insects.
Don't get these insects from your outdoors, they could contain disease, could be poisonous, could be nearly extinct?
Step 3: Male/Female and Hatchlings
Though very little difference, you can tell the difference between a male and female leopard gecko.
The male appears to have a broader head and neck than the female and their body is usually larger. However, looking at their undersides, adult males have a prominent V-shaped row of pre-anal pores while the pre-anal pores of the female are not as noticeable.
If you find an egg in the tank/insert where your gecko is here, you will need to do a few things.
1. get another cage to separate the male from the female & her egg(s) with all of the usual stuff i have previously stated in step 1. Although, i wouldn't put crickets in their, use something like meal worms or a food that wont move towards the egg as much.
2. Incubate the egg. An egg will incubate at 79 - 83 degrees Fahrenheit