Leopard Gecko Housing

Building or finding suitable housing isn’t too overly difficult for a leopard Gecko, as they can survive and adapt into a lot of different habitats. However, to ensure efficiency and to make sure your housing is properly setup to house a leopard Gecko, you’ll need the following items:

You’re going to need an enclosure, a substrate, a thermometer and a heating device. While, they may be able to survive, you want to ensure your Gecko is living in the best conditions possible. An ideal home is a 10 gallon empty aquarium that you’ve cleaned out and prepared for the creature. They aren’t exactly hyper creatures but if you can afford a larger tank, I would highly consider getting one so that they have more room to roam around. While a 10 gallon tank may be suitable for just one Gecko, if you plan on breeding or adding more in there, that’s not going to cut it and it’ll get very crowded, very quickly.

While leopard Geckos don’t have the feet that make other Geckos capable of climbing glass, you should still consider getting a net or mesh screen to put over top of the tank or cage.

  1. Insects and other tiny creatures can still get into the tank and bother the Gecko.
  2. Small children love putting anything they can in their mouth and getting into things they’re not supposed to. Telling them “no!” only ensures that it’s going to happen when you turn your back.
  3. While cats mean well and don’t mean any harm most of the time when they’re trying to get into an animal cage, they can mess up the tank or fall into the tank which could have undesired results. You also should get a mesh screen just to ensure that crickets you put inside the tank won’t escape. It’s not common but they can climb up through the silicone panels in the corners of most tanks.

Obviously, you’re going to want to make sure that your cover has holes and that the Gecko can breathe adequately. The main important thing to remember is that they need to be warm because Geckos live in very warm climates and need to be warm throughout the day in order to survive.

An adequate home should also come equipped with two hiding spots or a boxes inside the tank as well. One of these hides is to allow your gecko to get away from the outside world in order to help avoid stress. This hide should be placed over your tanks heating pad. The second hide will be a humid hide that will serve to aid in the gecko’s shedding. This hide should be kept off the heat and needs to be kept humid.

In order to provide proper temperature for you geckos you will want to have an under tank heating pad. This pad should be place under their hide so that they have a warm place to rest. You should aim to maintain a range of 87o F to 92o F on the warm side and  70o F to 78o F on the cooler side. This will allow the gecko to regulate its own temperature by moving between the two sides. You will need to use a thermometer to keep the temperature between this range.

 

If you plan on placing multiple leopard Geckos in the same house, then you should be cautious about which genders you mix together because while female Geckos do not mind each other’s company, male Geckos that have matured will fight each other. This is because they’re very territorial and don’t get along too well. However, males and females may be housed together when they’ve matured and reached an approximately safe breeding size which should be 45 grams. Even if you buy them as babies, they must be raised separately until they reach the mature growth size.

Males will grow considerably faster than females and you’ll notice a pretty decent size difference between the two once they’re fully matured if they’re housed together. One of the main reasons you don’t want to house two immature leopard Geckos together is because the male will often steal the female’s food and there’s not much the female can do about it. Sometimes when you’re raising two females together, you may notice that one female starts to grow considerably faster and larger than the other female. If this happens, you should consider separating them immediately in order to prevent health problems and a lack of food for one.

Just remember that a Gecko requires daily maintenance and attention just like every other animal does. Make sure you’re feeding them on time, keeping the housing clean and keeping an eye on them if you have more than one Gecko in the same habitat.