If you’re a fan of reptiles but think you don’t have the time or space to keep a reptilian pet, then think again! The leopard gecko may just be the easiest pet reptile to look after and the perfect pet for you.
Easy housing for leopard geckos
Leopard geckos do not need a lot of space, so a moderately sized vivarium will suit them well.
Make sure that one side is heated to 28-32ºC with the opposite side at around 20ºC. They will need a moist area to allow them to shed their skin and plenty of ornaments to allow them to hide and climb.
The simple leopard gecko diet
Leopard geckos aren’t very demanding when it comes to feeding either. They are insectivores, so a variety of crickets, cockroaches, mealworms or other small insects is all they need. Make sure they have a good water source to keep them hydrated, and your gecko will stay happy and healthy for a long time.
As you’re already finding out, leopard geckos are super easy to look after. They are not exceptionally sociable so they do not require a large amount of your time. It’s also perfectly fine to have just one gecko, as they do not need an additional gecko for company.
How to acclimatise your leopard gecko
When you bring your gecko home, make sure you don’t do anything to make them feel threatened.
Instead of trying to lift them, try and encourage them to make the first move. You can do this by placing your hand down near them to see if they will approach you. Be patient. Leopard geckos can be nervous, and it can take time for them to feel comfortable and to realise you are not a predator.
What not to do with pet leopard geckos
Never pick a leopard gecko up by the tail, it is extremely delicate and may break off!
Don’t leave a gecko alone with a small child. The gecko isn’t the danger, the child is. Leopard geckos are small and fragile, and therefore easily hurt. Give anyone working with them good instruction.
There’s lots more to learn about leopard gecko care, but we hope this has been a useful introduction. If you are thinking of getting a pet reptile, it really is easy with the leopard gecko!