Leopard Gecko Cage Maintenance

While most reptiles require almost daily and routine cage maintenance, the good news for leopard Geckos owners is that these reptiles are not one of those breeds. You’ll be happy to know that the actual maintenance required is actually very minimal and it’s not something you’ll find yourself doing very often. One of the many and great benefits to owning leopard Geckos, is that they’re like cats in a way when it comes to cleaning up after them.

When a cat has to use the facilities or “poop” rather, it will usually find the litter box you setup for it and use that. Of course, there are exceptions but this is generally what a cat will do and Geckos are no different. They’ll pick a certain corner of the aquarium and usually only use that corner.

This goes back to having sand as a substrate and having fine grain sand at that. This makes cleaning extremely easy and in one simple scoot, it could be gone. The amount of sand that’s needed to be replaced with each cleanup is very minimal. However, you should make sure that you’re cleaning the cage at least once a week and that you’re cleaning out the cage entirely on a semi-regular basis.

Make sure when you do maintenance that you dump out all of the cage interiors such as the furniture, the dishes and anything else that you may have in there. You should thoroughly wash and make sure you sterilize every single item that was resting in your aquarium to ensure that your aquarium is a safe and clean place for your leopard Geckos. The only main thing you’ll be cleaning is feces which should be concentrated into one corner of the aquarium and you’ll also be cleaning dead crickets for the most part.

The best thing to use when cleaning your equipment is a mild bleach solution, and the most common solution readily available is putting in just one part bleach and putting nine parts water. This should be done at least once every four months but some owners will recommend that you do it more, as in once a month. This isn’t a necessity to do it once every single month, but I guess it just depends on your preference and how clean you like them to be.

The warning sign is usually when you start to see some feces that’s mixed throughout the sand, then you know it’s definitely time to clean out the cage and to renew the sand and to finally sterilize everything. However, if you’re using paper towels inside the aquarium, then you should be throwing them out and renewing them every single week because unlike sand, paper towels become useless when wet and rips apart very easily. They’re also not great at collecting things like sand is. Just as long as you remember to sterilize all of your equipment and the entire aquarium/cage at least once every couple or four months, then you should be alright.