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Leopard Gecko

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GENERAL INFO

Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius

Native Habitat: rocky dry grasslands of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal.

Lifespan: 15-20 years

Size: 6-10" in length

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DIFFICULTY

Temperament: Docile

Ease of handling: Manageable size, docile temperament, and quite hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Activity level: Crepuscular, active mostly at dawn and dusk

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ENCLOSURE

Adults should be kept in a 40 gallon enclosure, 36”x18”x18”. Floor space is more important as leopard geckos are terrestrial.

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ENVIRONMENT

Temperature: Warm end should be between 32-34°C. Cool end should be between 21-25°C. 

Lighting: Contrary to popular belief, crepuscular reptiles still need UVB. A low UV index between 0.5-1.5 is adequate (such as a Zoo Med Reptisun T5 HO 5.0, or Arcadia ShadeDweller 7%).

Humidity: 30-40% which is generally "house humidity". A moist hide should be provided as shedding problems are quite common in leopard geckos.

Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber, or a mixture of clay, moss, and play sand.

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ENRICHMENT

Leopard geckos enjoy rock crevices and burrows.

At least 2 hides are recommended, one at each end of the enclosure and one must be moist.

A rough surface such as a large stone can help with shedding.

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DIET

Leopard geckos are insectivores. Do not leave feeder insects in your gecko's enclosure, the insects can cause distress to your animal, causing injuries and tail loss. Leopard geckos benefit from a diet of varied insects: crickets, mealworms, dubia roaches, silkworms, waxworms, and black soldier fly larvae. Dust insects with calcium powder. If you are not using UVB lighting, use calcium with D3.

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