Getting a Pet Lizard, Leopard Geckos

Pet lizards, leopard geckos

Of all the pet reptiles on the planet, the leopard gecko is probably the most popular. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, these lizards don’t grow very large.

An adult will reach a size of only seven to ten inches. For another thing, they don’t need any special lighting, unlike most other lizard species. Another plus is that they’re inexpensive and readily available.

The leopard gecko is an attractive little lizard that’s native to the deserts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Leopard geckos in captivity usually have fairly bright-colored skin marked with dark, irregular spots.

Their skin is tough enough to endure the rough rocks and sand of their natural desert environment. These geckos also have eyelids, which most other geckos lack.

A single leopard gecko can be housed in a 20-gallon aquarium. The tank should be tall because these lizards love to climb, and they’re very adept at it. Place some twigs or branches in the enclosure for climbing.

Substrate for adults can be paper, reptile carpet, or sand that’s safe for reptiles, but never use sand with a hatchling or juvenile. The cage should be maintained at a temperature of 85-95 degrees. It’s also important that you never keep two male leopard geckos together. They’re territorial and will battle for the space.

Leopard geckos prefer to hunt for prey, and they won’t consume dead prey. They’re carnivorous and prefer crickets and mealwoms, with the occasional wax worm offered as a treat.

By placing live crickets in the gecko’s enclosure, the lizard will get to “hunt” for its food. Make sure the lizard’s water dish is shallow so that the crickets won’t drown if they land in the dish.

Calcium is also important for a healthy leopard gecko. To ensure that your pet gets enough of this mineral, calcium powder should be available at all times. Also, the prey crickets can be coated with calcium powder.

So if your looking for a great lizard to get as a pet, think about getting a Leopard Gecko. They are small, easy to care for and look really cool! 🙂