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Latin name: Eublepharis macularius
This individual a young adult female, about 2 years old and 7” in length including tail.
General Info: These gentle and personable geckos are the post popular gecko species to keep as a pet. They are hardy, stay small, are docile and are available in a wide array of colorful and interesting morphs.
Habitat and lifestyle: They are native to the deserts and dry grasslands Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. Leopard geckos are primarily nocturnal and live beneath rocks or in small burrows during the day to escape the hot temperatures of their habitat. They come out at night to hunt small insects.
Size and lifespan: As adults they reach lengths of 7”-11” with males being larger than females. Their lifespan in human care is often around 20 years with some individuals living 25+ years with optimal care.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
The use of two thermometers is ideal. One should be placed just off-center from the basking area on the floor of the tank and the other one should be placed furthest away from the basking area also on the floor of the tank.
Humidity: 30% Misting once daily is recommended to simulate desert morning dew.
Tank size: 10 gallons for babies/juveniles, 20 gallons for adults.
Tank type: Standard rectangle - allow for ample floor space.
Lighting and heating: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for housing this species in glass tanks. Dimmable heat bulb only for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are always helpful.
This species is nocturnal so full spectrum UVB lighting is not required but is highly recommend for overall welfare and to establish a regular day/night cycle.
Substrate and furniture: Sand, screened pine or dry coconut fiber substrate 2"deep. Provide lots of hiding places. Provide a water dish as well.
Handling: Leopard geckos tolerate gentle handling well and can be handled several times per week. Just watch for signs of stress and try to limit sessions to 20-30 minutes.
When not to handle: When you first bring your gecko home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Diet and feeding: Offer live crickets/feeder roaches 2-3 times per week. Gage the number of insects your gecko will eat based on the number they leave behind. We recommend starting with an offer of 5 feeder insects and then adjusting from there. Fattier food items like worms can be offered 1x weekly for variety and as a treat!
Always remove uneaten feeder insects if they have not been consumed after a day.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*
Food size: The feeder insect should be able to fit width-wise between your gecko’s eyes.