Leopard Gecko Guide
This is not so much a care sheet for the Leopard Gecko, It is more of answers to the questions we see asked all the time about Leopard Geckos.
The Leopard Gecko is probably one of the most popular species to keep within the reptile hobby. They stay a great managable size and come in so many different patterns and colors (Morphs)
How long do Leopard Geckos live?
Leopard geckos in the wild live for around 10-15 years but in captivity they can live up to 20 years with the right care. Leopard geckos are one of the most popular pets in the reptile hobby. They’re easy to care for stay relatively small so no wonder they’re so popular.
Reptile equipment has become so advanced recently. Meaning it won’t take a lot to get your leopard gecko to 20 years old. The Right supplements and equipment will extend you leopard geckos lifespan.
We recommend this starter kit if you’re looking at buying a Leopard Gecko. It includes a thermostat and UVB Lighting.
Leopard Geckos have been found to be crepuscular and not nocturnal. Meaning they are active at dawn and dusk.
Providing Leopard Geckos with UV Lighting will make sure you have a healthy gecko. Also Leopard geckos provided with the correct lighting can be seen cryptic basking.
Leopard Geckos can make amazing pets, They’re easy to care for and don’t grow too big. Owning one can be very rewarding and the variety of morphs available means you have a lot to pick from!
Diet also plays a big part of a Leopard Geckos lifespan, What do Leopard Geckos eat?
What do Leopard Geckos eat?
What do Leopard geckos eat? Leopard geckos diet consists of live insects which can include Morio worms, Locust and Calci worms. Mealworms are one of the most popular livefoods for leopard geckos. But not everyone likes them, So a lot of people use Locust which are slow moving but can jump.
Juveniles should be fed daily and adults should be fed every other day. Although If your leopard gecko is putting too much weight then you should reduce the amount you are feeding.
Livefood for you reptiles should fed and hydrated to ensure your animal is receiving the most nutrition out of them. Firstly you need to gut load them by feeding them vegetables (Which vegetables depends on what insects you’re feeding). The reason fresh vegetables is recommended is because they act as a source of food and hydration for your livefood.
Crickets are a great source of food, They are active and move fast meaning you leopard gecko will get exercise chasing and hunting them. This is great mental stimulation for you leopard gecko and will provide loads of enrichment. Although one downside is if a few escape, The chirping from them all night may drive you insane. (They normally head towards the fridge, And will group together at the back where it is warm.)
Locust are slow moving, Bright colour and can jump. They have great nutritional value and most reptiles will snatch them as soon as they see them. Downside for locust is that they are abit more expensive than other options.
They have been used as a staple by breeders for many years, While you can just feed mealworms to your leopard gecko, It is best to add variety. Also they are cheap, Easy to look after and last longer than most livefoods.
Morio worms/Super worms
Super Worms are another staple breeders use for leopard geckos, They are high in protein and hight in fat so great for bulking reptiles back up to weight, Especially after breeding season.
Dubia roaches are my personal favourite. They’re easy to breed and can jump or climb. They are high in protein and low in fat so an extremely healthy option for your leopard gecko.
Can Leopard Geckos eat calci worms?
Calci worms are a great source of calcium, And yes leopard geckos can eat Calci worms. Just make sure you get Calci worms from the best source possible, You want to the calci worms to be as fresh as possible so they are lively and attractive for your Leopard Gecko. The Livefood Hub has a great calci worms if you are in the United Kingdom.
Can Leopard Geckos eat Superworms/Morio Worms?
superworms are a great feeder insect for reptiles as they do not pupate into beetles unless separated into their own individual pots. A lot of leopard gecko breeders use superworms/morioworms as a staple feeder insect as they have great nutritional value and really help grow healthy leopard geckos.
How much does a leopard gecko cost?
How much is a leopard gecko? The price of a leopard gecko can change depending on the morph and breeder. Firstly leopard geckos are in two categories. Pet Quality and High End, Pet Quality is unknown genetics and not recommended for breeding as you won’t know what morphs you’re going to get, And High end are leopard geckos who have been bred with known genetics so you know exactly what the outcomes will be when you breed them.
Pet quality geckos can sell for as low as £20/$20
High end geckos can sell for as high as £4000/$4000
Leopard geckos can come in a variety of colours from white all the way to jet black, Although some prices may seem high you’ve got to take into account how much work the breeder has put into producing that morph. Black night Leopard Geckos for example, were line bred for 15+ year and the people breeding them now have spent a lot of money enquiring them geckos.
If you’re looking for a pet leopard gecko then pet quality geckos are perfect for you, You can still get variety of colours and will make an amazing pet!
If you’re looking to breed leopard geckos then the high end with know genetics are great for what you want. There are plenty of breeders out there who really put so much effort into producing some amazing leopard geckos.
We will have a post shortly about breeding leopard geckos and genetics. We have a load of well known leopard gecko breeders who are willing to help us on this. This will make sure we are providing the best information for you!
How often do Leopard Geckos shed?
So you are getting yourself a new Leopard Gecko, and you are wondering How often do Leopard Geckos shed?
Leopard Geckos shed their skin because they are growing, You will find that younger faster growing Leopard geckos will shed more often than and adult Leopard Gecko.
Young Leopard Geckos will shed their skin every 4 weeks, Where as an adult Leoaprd Gecko may only shed their skin once every 8 weeks.
I havent seen my Leopard Gecko shed
This is a very common thing I see on Facebook groups and forums. This is completely normal as Leopard Geckos tend to do it while you are not looking.
But you haven’t seen any shed laying about in their enclosure? That is because Leopard Geckos eat their shed, Yes you read that right – They eat their own skin! If you are lucky enough you may see your gecko eating their shed, This could be them trying to not waste nutrients!
How big do Leopard Geckos get?
How big do Leopard Geckos get? A Leopard Gecko can vary in size but adults normally grow to around 7-11 inches. Males grow larger than females and breeding can also stunt the females growth.
This is a tricky question to answer as a lot of things can determine how big your Leopard Gecko grows. Firstly you can get super giant leopard geckos which are a morph that makes your Leopard Gecko grow much larger than normal.
There is also a species of Eublepharis called eublepharis angramainyu. which looks like a normal Leopard Gecko but is in fact a different species that grows much larger. We will learn more about different species soon!
WHAT CAN SLOW GROWTH?
- Breeding can slow a females growth down
- genetics – If a small gecko is bred to another small gecko. Most likely they will produce small geckos
- Incorrect husbandry
Some of the things above can also cause harm to your Leopard Gecko so please make sure you’re giving the animal the correct care!
SUPER GIANT LEOPARD GECKO
What is a Super Giant? Super Giant is a morph than occurs with a leopard gecko, Breeders selectively breed for larger geckos.
There is a lot of confusion to wether to not the super giant is genetic or line bred. There is still no clear answer to this.
Even though Leopard geckos stay relatively small, there are different morphs and sub species that are larger.
If you look at a Black Night Leopard Gecko they stay much smaller than your average leopard gecko due to the amount of line breeding that took place but are still amazing leopard geckos!
So now we have answered some of the most common questions when it comes to Leoaprd Geckos. If we see anymore common questions we have not answered, We will go back and update this post. If you have a question you want answered then feel free to comment or contact us and we will do our best to answer it for you!
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