Latin name: Eublepharis macularius
This individual a young adult female, about 2 years old and 7” in length including tail.
These gentle and personable geckos are the post popular gecko to keep as a pet. They are hardy, stay small, are docile and are available in a wide array of colorful and interesting morphs.
They are native to the deserts and dry grasslands Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. As adults they reach lengths of 7”-11” with males being larger than females. Their lifespan in human care is often around 20years 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.
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: 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.