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gecko ????

i know some people on here have lizards. i was thinking about getting a leopard gecko but need more info. i have read that these are the best lizard for beginners and are docile and like being handled. any other info on them and their care would be great. and is there any differences in the normal leopards and mutations?

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Lisa, I wanted to know the same things! Me and Jack MAY be getting a leopard gecko hehe

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Leos are awesome! You can find tons of care sheets on them on the internet as well!


I have 2, a male who lives in a 20 gallon long tank, he is about 7 or 8 years old and a female who lives in a 10 gallon she is 3 years old. My male is super docile and loves to be handled and explore but my female is more skittish and doesnt like being handled, neither one has ever dropped their tail before. My 2 are normals but I dont think theres much difference between mutations with personality. They are very easy pets, very good beginner reptiles.

Is there any specific questions on care you guys have?



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yes food types special things they need as far as food heat rock ,lamp, or something else what kind of diet do they need? are they ok with kids handling them with supervision of coarse. can they get to out? do they need away to cool down? how do you feed yours? do you feed them just enough for that day or do you go to the petstore everyday to buy food. anything about their care will help

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Their care is very easy!!
Adults need a 10 gallon tank MINIMUM but it's MUCH better to get a 20 or 30 gallon for more space
They need an under tank heat pad (covers 1/3rd of the tank) that keeps the hot end of the tank at about 93F but to go no higher than 97F. Cool end shouldn't go much lower than 73F.
They need two hides, one for each end of the tank (cool and warm) and then a humid hide that you keep damp paper towels in or spaghnum moss to help when they're shedding.
Paper towel is the best substrate to use because they can't ingest it and then have it cause impaction. I would suggest never to use sand, especially on a baby or juvi.
They need a water dish with fresh water at all times, a food dish if you're using worms as a feeder, a calcium dish with pure calcium (phosphorus free) at all times.
Also you should get a digital probe thermometer for the hot end because those dial type thermometers are crap.
They need their food to be dusted with Calcium with D3 a few times a week as well as a Multivitamin once or twice a week (not at the same time as the calcium ever, and without D3).
Do NOT use a hot rock, this can seriously burn reptiles!!
They do NOT need a heat lamp.
Babies and Juvis need fed every night while Adults are generally fed every 2 to 3 nights. They can eat crickets, superworms, mealworms, silkworms, phoenix worms and such. Don't feed them anything that is wider than in between their eyes is usually the rule although sometimes they can break this rule. I usually feed Gaia 1 or 2 superworms a night depending on how much she wants and she is 10 months old.
That's about all I can think of for now!
They are AWSOME pets, and are generally good at handling and such.
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I love having a leopard gecko. The most important thing to look for when buying one is a thick tail! If you are buying a baby, don't buy one with a really thin tail.. The bigger the tank, the better. I have a 40 gallon for mine and it's the perfect size. He has a ton of room to roam around at night. Always keep fresh water in the tank. I bought the water bottle dispenser from the reptile section at petco, it works great. I've learned if you just have a bowl of water, crickets will jump in there and poop in it or drown themselves lol. Make sure you coat all of it's food in calcium powder. I have a small mason jar with a small amount of powder in it. I pop the crickets or worms in there, lightly shake and serve It's good to always keep a small bowl with worms inside the tank, no more than 3-4 at a time. Leos will eat 2x their body weight in the worms if you let them. Now I read someone else say they feed their adult Leo every few days but I feed mine 2 crickets every night. When he was a baby I fed him 5-7 small crickets a night! I guess it depends on what you want to do though. As for the substrate I used paper towels until he was fully grown and then switched him over to fine sand. I haven't had any trouble with the sand.. Just be warned if you get a crazy color of sand (blue, purple, pink) it will turn your lizards feet and belly that color lol. I don't use an under tank heater.. I had a bad experience with one when it got wayyyy too hot for some reason and nearly burned my gecko. I use 2 lamps on top of the cage, one day light bulb and one night time bulb. I have the red lamp for night time so I can see him roaming around Make sure if you use the lamps to shut the day time lamp off when it gets dark. I usually shut his off around 8pm and turn it on 8 the next day. (The night time lamp stays on all the time) Make sure you buy a temp gauge to make sure it doesn't get too hot. I don't keep 2 hides in my geckos tank all the time. I just keep one giant homemade hide and mist him with warm water a few times around shedding time. You can do either! When it comes to caring for a lizard, there are different ways you can do things. As long as you read a lot of care sheets online, you can determine the way you want to care for your lizard.

They are really great pets!

If you're buying a baby, make sure you handle it for 5-10 minutes a night until it gets used to you. It will be scared and may try to run but as long as you don't make any sudden movements or grab it by the tail, it will gain your trust in no time. My gecko LOVED warm hands (still does) when he was little. My fiance is naturally warm, so he always preferred to lay on him than me. I started pre warming my hands before I handled him and he loved it! He would fall asleep in my hands if they were warm

I think that's all I can tell you right now.. If I remember more things, I'll tell you! Hope this helped!
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What I was going to do was use our old turtle tank and put a mesh lid on it. Ally, our huge yellow bellied slider MAY be moving into the shed. We're going to set it up as a big pond and have loads of plants in there and everything. It's a proper one, made of bricks. Like a room! The musk turtles and Ouachita map turtle are moving into Ally's old tank, so we have a turtle tank spare and a general tank spare. The general tank is a decent size.

What substrate works best? I looked into sand? Is it okay?

What do they eat? We get hoppers and stuff for the beardies.

Okay, I know heat rocks are awful, so heat mats are okay? And there is no need for a heat lamp? (I got loads of spare clamp lamps and bulbs haha)

I work with them at college, but they're not exactly pro at caring for animals. They have wood chunk sort of substrate and are fed on tiny little crickets. Can they eat veg?

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All your answers are answered above Daisy!
As for the heat pad getting too hot, yes they can, that is why you need to buy a thermostat or a dimmer to plug it in to to set it to the right temperature so that it doesn't flucuate. That way you won't have issues.
You SHOULD have a hide on each end because Leos are where if their tank is too open they will feel vulnerable and they won't venture to the cool side even if they are getting too hot or vise versa.
You shouldn't be misting your Leo because they are a desert animal and it can do more harm than good. A humid hide works awsome because they can choose to go in it when they need to.
Sand can work only with adult Leos and even then you should try not to feed your Leo in the tank to prevent them eating the sand when they are hunting their food.
I would highly recommend anyone to join Geckos Unlimited (the link to the site I posted) because there are highly knowledgable people on there that have been keeping Leos for 10-20 years that know their stuff.




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I kinda just skipped to the bottom hehe Thank you!

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Lol no problem! I do that sometimes too.



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Looks a bit small but it'd be ok for a baby and a juvi. I would go bigger for an adult though.

You can buy a good 20 or 30 gallon at a pet store (without the fish supplies or anything) for about $40. Then you'd have to buy a mesh lid which I think is about $20 here.




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i am thinking about getting a screen cage because in the winter it get really hot in the house we heat with wood i am worried that glass will hold to much heat opinions

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I guess the whole humid hide thing depends on the gecko I had a humid hide in his tank for 6 months and he never touched it. I started misting him because he LOVES it! I actually have a special bottle of stuff specifically for leopard geckos to mist him with. He would be totally fine if I misted him for a straight hour
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i am thinking about getting a screen cage because in the winter it get really hot in the house we heat with wood i am worried that glass will hold to much heat opinions
If you got a regular tank you'd have just a screen lid on it anyways, not those big plastic ones with the light like a fish tank. It gets plenty of air circulation.

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I guess the whole humid hide thing depends on the gecko I had a humid hide in his tank for 6 months and he never touched it. I started misting him because he LOVES it! I actually have a special bottle of stuff specifically for leopard geckos to mist him with. He would be totally fine if I misted him for a straight hour
That makes sense then! Whatever works for the gecko.



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ok can i use that fax looking grass carpet? i thought it may be easy to wash since it is plastic

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You can, yes, as long as you make sure that your gecko's toes aren't getting caught in the carpet when it walks.
Also, you'd want to get more than one reptile carpet so that you can wash it any time it get's dirty and then just replace with the clean one right away while the other is in the wash.



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is it best to have a light for heat or the pad that goes under? if light what kind and watt

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