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Caring For A Leopard Gecko

July 1 2023

Are you considering adopting a reptile? A leopard gecko could be a great choice. The leopard gecko is one of the most popular reptilian pets. They’re gentle, super cute, and easy to care for. They don’t get very large: most adults are less than 10 inches long. These guys also come in several pretty colors and patterns. A local Merrillville, IN vet offers some care tips in this article.


Adult geckos need a tank that is at least 20 gallons. Pick one that shuts securely. (Note: this is extra important if you have a kitty.) For substrate, you can use reptile carpet, butcher paper, newspaper, or flat stones. Avoid things like sand, kitty litter, sawdust, and substrates made from pine or cedar. Add things like driftwood pieces, safe plants, and large rocks. This will not only give your reptilian pal places to hide and explore, it will also make the habitat look nice! Last but not least, provide a few hides. One should be geared towards facilitating shedding, and should contain moss or vermiculite.


Leopard geckos don’t need special lighting. You can use a low-watt bulb, set on a 12-hour timer to mimic natural daylight cycles. However, your reptilian buddy does have temperature requirements. Like other reptiles, geckos regulate their temperature by moving between hot and cool zones. Keep one end of the habitat between 85-90°F, and the other at 73-75°F. We advise going with under-tank heating, as heat rocks can cause burns, so. Check the temps regularly!


These guys eat things like crickets, waxworms, and mealworms. (This is where some people decide that a gecko isn’t the best option for them.) You’ll need to regularly purchase these creepy crawlies. Before giving the bugs to your tiny dinosaur, you’ll need to sprinkle nutritional powder over them. Geckos also need calcium and water. It’s worth noting that your cute pet’s menu and dinner schedule will change as he grows. Talk to your vet regularly.


Leopard geckos are known for being docile and friendly. Your reptilian buddy may enjoy sitting on you as you’re watching TV. However, he may be timid at first. Take care not to frighten the little guy. Talk to him gently, and pet him lightly. Never pick a gecko up by the tail!

Do you have questions about gecko care? Contact us, your local Merrillville, IN pet hospital, today!