Leopard Gecko Care Guide

Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularis)

Skill level: Beginnerleopard-gecko-care-map

Leopard geckos are a crepuscular, ground-dwelling lizard native to semi-desert and arid grassland areas of Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and India. The spotted pattern which serves as their namesake also serves as camouflage among the sandy gravel, rocks, dry grasses, and shrubs characteristic to the area.

They are 7-10 inches long, with females generally being smaller. In captivity leopard geckos are known to live long lives—15-20 years on average.

Unlike most geckos, leopard geckos are unable to climb vertical surfaces due to the absence of setae on their toes. They also have eyelids, eliminating the need for using their tongue to clean their eyes—another characteristic gecko behavior. However, they are able to detach and regrow their tail if needed.

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Source: Eublepharis macularius by Eduardo Santos. CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Leopard Gecko Care — Table of Contents:

  1. What You Will Need
  2. Terrarium Size & Lighting Considerations
  3. Substrate Options
  4. Temperature & Humidity Needs
  5. What to Feed Your Leopard Gecko
  6. Handling Tips & Leopard Gecko Body Language
  7. Common Diseases, Illnesses & Other Health Questions

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