How to Care for a "Leopard Gecko"

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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
macularius; spotted

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
LIVE Crickets
LIVE Grasshoppers
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

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    dioblo2345
    dioblo2345

    9 years ago on Introduction

    my leopard gecko`s tail fell off :( :( . i have one ten year old leopard gecko....so i just wanted to know a few things,how long does it take for a tail to grow back, and what about fisrt aid tips.thank you...p.s nice instructable.

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    TheArbiter
    TheArbiter

    Reply 3 days ago

    keep the wound clean

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    6PackMe
    6PackMe

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have had mine for about a year now. Got her at petco while she was small, made sure she was the most active and alert, and now she is as big as my hand. Her name had been Alexa but omy parents started calling her Godzilla. She is very active at night. She likes to climb on the rocks I have set up in her tank to bask in the night light. She is quite fun to watch. I like to watch her hunt down the crickets, and she has become friends with the cat, by teasing her, but we make sure the cat doesnt get near her even though she no longer takes notice of her. Alexa only allows me to hold her and tries to run from anyone else. She also has a habit of tapping her tail against the tank when she wants my attention. She also likes to watch the tv while sitting on her rocks. I really like to watch her and she is a great pet.

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    craig1992
    craig1992

    Reply 5 years ago

    When can I introduce another gecko to my tank does my gecko have to be a certain age thanks

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    TheArbiter
    TheArbiter

    Reply 3 days ago

    you can put females together but you shouldn't put males and females together

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    I hav geko
    I hav geko

    4 years ago

    My Leo's are kind of pale and don't have many spots should I be worried?

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    Jaklingurian
    Jaklingurian

    Reply 4 years ago

    No, depending on the morph a lot of geckos don't have spots

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    TheArbiter
    TheArbiter

    Reply 3 days ago

    or it is shedding

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    TecumsehM15
    TecumsehM15

    4 years ago

    Hey !! Love the Instructable. I have 4 normal size geckos. Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tail 50% het Tremper. Murphys Patternless het 50% Albino. Texas Albino Eclipse het 50% Eclipse. And a Hypo Carrot tail Baldy. I also have 2 Giants. A Raptor with one pure red eye and other half red eye hes my male. And my female giant is tremper albino 50% Raptor. To fatten up my normal size geckos i put... 1 WAXWORM.. A FEW MEALWORMS/SUPERWORMS.. 1 SMALL DUBUA ROACH PER GECKO..... AND TO FATTEN UP AND KEEP MY GIANTS NICE AND HEALTHY. I FEED 1 PINKY EVER 3 WEEKS AND CONSTANTLY KEEP 1 DUBIA EVERY COUPLE DAYS.. AND A BOWL WITH 2 WAX WORMS AND 20 SUPER WORMS EVERY 2 OR 3 DAYS. VERY SUCCESFUL AND HEALTHY. LOVED THIS CARE SHEET.. GAVE THE BASICS TO THE ROOKIES. I Use a heat pad in the middle of my tank and have two cool sides .. One warmer then the other cool side... Never had problems.. I use paper towels.. Or you can go to family dollar.. And but sticky floor tiles for 10 dollars they last and when theyre time to change just throw in a new tile.. Awesome.. But i also love the idea of bigger wood chips. Also i love to keep more natural looking things in my tank also... But have never used sand.. Ive never had a gecko die.. But ive had a large female gecko eat sand and i thought she was pregna t but pooped out a pure sand poop.. Never again.. But really love this thread.. And hope my fattening solution helps everyone out !!

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    MickeyH3
    MickeyH3

    Reply 4 years ago

    Wow, that sounds like a cool setup! How wide is your tank then? Im considering moving the heat mad into the middle of my tank also, since I have multiple geckos in there. But the terrarium is only 29 inches wide, so maybe that is too small to create two cool sides?

    Thanks in advance :)

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    Wynd
    Wynd

    9 years ago on Introduction

    20G for 3 geckos is way too small. You want a minimum of 10G per gecko, more being better. These are solitary terrestrial animals that need their own space, each one will also need their own hide (hot hide, cool hide and moist hide). Particulate substrate is not good as it can lead to impaction (even calcium sand is bad, it will lead to impaction and if the animal eats it for it's calcium, it can cause an over-dose of calcium). Just spend the $5 to get the pure calcium without D3 (be sure to have a good vitamin supplement that includes D3 to dust the prey with twice per week).

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    TecumsehM15
    TecumsehM15

    Reply 4 years ago

    I have a 29 gal tank.. And for the past year ive succesfully kept 1 male and 4 females in there with no conflict.. Also bred succesfully in the same tank.. I have tons of flat areas.. Multiply hides wood and plastic and 3 different levels so there is plenty of room for them. Its just how you set your tank up.. All are happy and healthy.. Never fighting over food when i have multiple food bowls.

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    MickeyH3
    MickeyH3

    Reply 4 years ago

    True! It's not necessarily the tank-size that matter, but the number of hides. If the tank has 1-2 more hides than it has geckos, it should be fine to house multiple geckos in there -even if it's medium size. I myself, also keep 4 females and a male. I have them in a 30 gallon tank, and I've also bred succesful from them ;)

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    timmerguy200
    timmerguy200

    10 years ago on Step 1

    Ummm. I dont think you should use bark. although it looks more natural and gives the tanka more natural feeling i think it could harm his skin. a better substrate would be paper towels or newspaper.(yes newspaper) not only does this let your gecko be up to date with whats happening in the Human world it is more economical and i think better for him.  Also like dandaman919 says. thos vents probally could hurt him. a better solution would just be a normal aquariam with a screen top.


    Hope this helps!
    timmerguy 200


    P.S. I LOVE YOUR GECKO!!

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    Telvroi
    Telvroi

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     or calcium sand which is a good alternative were it doesn't harm them when consume it in fact its highly beneficial because when they consume it the pure limestone will ad positively 

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    TecumsehM15
    TecumsehM15

    Reply 4 years ago

    Calcium sand isnt good either.. It digests to slowly through the geckos tract.. In the long term its bad..

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    Thoth
    Thoth

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Actually the calcium sand tends to lead to impaction alot of times because the much of it is too big to fully dissolve in the gut and if your gecko starts eating it as a calcium source, it may lead to problems, Plus it tends to be more expensive than most other substrates.

    Use a calcium supplement, also you can use simple cheap play sand as a substrate. Though newspaper though ugly is a very good substrate.

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    Picothellama
    Picothellama

    10 years ago on Introduction

    My gecko never basks on his hot side, he only stays on the cool side...is there a reason for this?

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    TecumsehM15
    TecumsehM15

    Reply 4 years ago

    Probably because your cool sode isnt so COOL.. The hot side may be to hot and the cool side might be hot enough for him. And actually have a cooler sife. Hope this helps.