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What Do Leopard Geckos Need? ~Crazy Critters Inc.

A popular beginner’s reptile, the leopard gecko comes in a variety of colors and is an easily handled, small lizard.

Leopard geckos are commonly yellow, white and spotted with black dots There are several color and pattern (e.g. jungle) variations called morphs which include almost every color of the rainbow. Certain colors are more highly desired and valuable while the common wild-type or normal coloration is readily available and very affordable. Leopard geckos are nocturnal, ground-dwelling geckos that are generally docile and easy to tame. These lizards do not have the sticky toe pads like other geckos so they do not climb walls but unlike other geckos. However, they do have eyelids. Leopard geckos are not prone to biting (but if they do it doesn’t hurt). Moreover, they are usually slow-moving compared to an anole or racerunner. In this video, we share some of the basics you may want if you would like to care for a Leopard Gecko.

  • Leopard Geckos are reptiles that live in Asia in the wild. They live in rocky deserts and sparse grasslands.
  • They are nocturnal in the wild, hiding from fierce daytime heat in burrows and under rocks. In captivity, they will burrow when overheated and shy away sometimes from bright lights.
  • The Leopard Gecko usually grow to about 10 inches long, although half of this is tail.
  • They can break their tails off like most other lizards. This is usually caused by poor handling or by fighting with other geckos. The tails will grow back, but they will be shorter, thicker, smoother and less colorful.
  • Geckos store fat and metabolic water in their tails.
  • The temperature of their eggs determines the gender of the hatchlings. At 80 degrees, most will be females; at 91 degrees most will be males. If the incubation is at 86 degrees Fahrenheit, there will be an even mix.
  • These geckos will clean their eyes with their tongues!
  • They also have moveable eyelids, allowing them to blink and close their eyes during sleep.
  • This reptile is carnivorous and will stalk prey like a cat.
  • They make awesome pets and are not hard to keep clean.
  • Everything they eat stays small. So the backend product stays manageable.
  • They do tend to hide often during the day. That is the one thing you should consider.

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