Leopard Gecko Habitat
Leopard Gecko Habitat needs to be warm and dry since they originate from the deserts of Asia Pakistan and Idia.
Experience Level: Beginner
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years old
Size: Up to 10 inches
Habitat: Desert Environment
3 Step Guild
- Since the Leopard Gecko came from the desert areas of Asia, Pakistan and India they require a warm, dry environment with a moist hiding place. Up to 3 Leopard Geckos can be housed together, but only 1 male. The terrarium needs to be a well vented 10 gallon 18 to 20 inches long or larger. Make sure you have a screened lid.
- Substrate: Use 2 to 3 inches of calcium sand or reptile carpet. For smaller Geckos under 6 inches use reptile carper only to prevent them from eating sand. Clean waste once a week and change substrate once a month.
- Decor: Add hiding spots use either wood, rocks or both. Ideally, place the hiding spots on the cool end of the terrarium. If you have multiple Geckos make sure each one of them has their own hiding spot. Its also preferred to line the hiding spots with moss to provide moisture. Either use fake or real plants. If you use real plants make sure they are safe for your Geckos and not treated with pesticides. Include a water dish too
- Heating and Humidity: This is one of the most important steps you need to focus on when setting up your Leopard Gecko Habitat.
- Humidity should be 10 to 30 percent humidity. Create and maintain humidity by misting every other day. You can also use an automatic fogger too, mister or drip system. Make sure their chosen hiding spot is moist.
- The temperature you need a gradient so they can regulate their body temps. Cool side should be 75 to 85 degrees Day. The warm side should be 85 to 95 degrees Day. Nighttime temps should range between 65 and 75 degrees. Put 2 thermometers at each end of the habitat. Provide an under the tank heater for Daytime if the temps fall below 65 degrees where you are at. Turin the heater off at night hours. Use a Daytime heat bulb above the terrarium to provide warmth.
- Lighting: Like with every reptile a 12 hour on-off light cycle is the general rule. Since Geckos are night lovers and hide during the day no special UV lights are needed. For night viewing use a night-specific bulb.
- Food and Water:
- Food: They are insect lovers. Like with most reptile including yourself if you like eating insects. Feed your crickets with a gut loading diet first. This will provide your Gecko with nutrients. Feed daily or every other day, just enough to get them through the night. You can feed them the occasional wax worm too.
- Water: Change water daily, Use chlorine free water. They will drink from the dish plus lick moister from their skin and habitat.