Leopard Gecko
Eublepharis macularius

 

Leopard Geckos come from a wide range. From India and Pakistan, across the Middle East to Iran. They make fantastic first-time reptile pets as they are docile, fun to watch, and adapt well to handling.

They require a few specifics in their temperature and humidity, but aside from that they are easy to care for and are not particularly fussy when it comes to food.

In the wild they can be found in colonies of one Male to several Females, and can be kept in such groups in captivity.

Latin Name: Eublepharis macularius

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Temperament: Docile

Life Span: 15 – 20 Years

Size: 7″ – 11″ / 70g – 100g (Males) ¦ 6.5″ – 8″ / 40g – 90g (Females)

Habitat: South Asia and the Middle East – Desert and Forest Edges.

Diet: Mealworms, Crickets, Dubia Cockroaches, Superworms, Waxworms – Dust each insect with Calcium Powder and Vitamin D3 before each feed.
Feed adults every 3 days. 1 insect per inch of the Gecko’s body length.

Avoid feeding them Fruit & Veg, or Meat that isn’t an insect.

Supplements: Calcium, Vitamin D3.

Hours of Activity: Nocturnal – Leopard Geckos are most active at night time.

Handling: Leopard Geckos are easy to handle, and learn to enjoy spending time with their owners. They can drop their tails when spooked, so avoid touching their tails.

Temperature:
24°C – 26°C Ambient day time temperature.
28°C – 30°C Basking temperature.
21°C Minimum ambient night time temperature.

Humidity: 30% – 40%

Vivarium Size: 20 Gallon (Minimum).

Substrate Type: Reptile Carpet, Newspaper, Paper Towels, Specialised Leopard Gecko Substrate.

Equipment Necessary: Vivarium, Heat Lamp / Heat Mat.

Cleaning Instructions: Spot clean any waste and uneaten food daily. Replace substrate entirely once per month.
Healthy Behaviour: Chirping or barking noises, fluid movement, solid waste, eating well, active at night and for a short time during the day.

Sick Behaviour: Hissing, Slow wagging of tail, detaching of tail, refusing to eat, slow and rigid movement, runny waste, thinning of tail, hiding a lot.

Like a lot of Lizards, Leopard Geckos can drop their tail when frightened or as a defence mechanism against predators. The tail will eventually grow back but it will never be the same. It will differ
in thickness, length and even colour.

Leopard Geckos enjoy being kept in small groups with one Male to several Females. If you decide to keep several, make sure there is only one Male or they will fight.

Make sure there are plenty of branches and plants (or plastic plants) for them to climb on, with plenty of hiding spots.

Common Problems:
Endoparasites – If the Leopard Gecko has blood in its feces, it is an indication of internal parasites. Seek veterinary advice.

Dehydration – Always keep the humidity levels between 30% – 40%, or the Leopard Gecko will dehydrate and can die.

Respiratory Infections – If the humidity level is constantly too high, their respiratory systems can get infected. Seek veterinary advice.

Loss of Metabolism and Bodily Functions – This can occur if the temperature is too low. Make sure there is always adequate heating.