Gecko Care – behavior

Gecko Care – behavior

A leopard gecko is now considered to be one of the best reptiles to house as a pet in captivity. Having a generally calm nature they are fairly inactive and tolerate being handled well. They are a nocturnal species so they are most active in the evenings and at night times, while spending most of the day hidden away sleeping. The gecko is a somewhat clean reptile and they will naturally choose a single place inside their tank to use as a toilet area.

As they are a nocturnal species you are unlikely to witness much activity during the daytime, they will usually spend all day resting inside their hiding area. Some geckos will come out as soon as the light turns off, it is important not to do this just to see if the gecko will make an appearance as you will disturb their sleeping pattern. It is known for some geckos to come out a little before the light usually goes out to bask in the light for a short while as if it is the rays from the sun.

Even when your gecko comes out at night when it is dark then they do not display much activity, they will normally walk about a bit before climbing onto a rock or similar object to sit and rest. The most active you will see them is when they devour their prey to eat.

Like people, geckos can be quite individual in their food preferences. You may have one that adores to lick honey from a jam jar lid, while you have another that prefers mangoes and grapes. Note that while most of their diet is made up from insects, geckos have a sweet tooth and will cater for many different tastes, it is up to you to try and experiment to keep them happy. When you place different foods inside the tank you can record what you placed in the tank and if they were interested or not so you know for next time.