Meet Our Leopard Geckos!
Leo came in to the Tiny Tails family in January 2012 and has been a fabulous addition! When he is not licking his own eyeballs, he loves to crawl up on his people friends and take relaxing naps.
Rocky is Leo’s terrarium mate. They love to curl up together in their hide out and sleep the day away. Rocky is an active little girl and is always looking for someone to be her jungle gym.
Thinking about adding a Leopard Gecko to your family?
•You can keep one or two leopard geckos together comfortably in a 10 gallon aquarium, although larger is always better.
•Males should not be kept together as they are territorial and can be aggressive toward one another. Females can be kept together as long as they are approximately the same size.
•Sand is the best thing to use with these geckos, but you need to be careful that the grains are no larger than 0.5mm since this can cause your gecko problems if ingested. Sand works better than newspaper or paper towels as it is easier to spot clean. Cleaning should take place at least once a week.
•It is important to provide your gecko with a source of heat in the terrarium. A heat pad sold at most pet stores is recommended as you can place it at one end of the aquarium and allow the gecko to choose its temperature. Leopard geckos are nocturnal and do not require a basking lamp. They prefer to remain in a dark spot during the day.
•You should get a thermometer in order to monitor the temperature in your gecko’s home. The hot side of the terrarium (the one with the heat pad) should reach around 90°F.
•Because your leopard gecko is nocturnal, they prefer to have somewhere to hide during the day. You can use something as simple as a paper towel roll or a small cardboard box, or you can purchase a fancier home from a pet store.
•Leopard geckos, like all reptiles, shed their skin regularly. While doing so, they need a moist area to help them loosen their skin. You can create a moist area by lining a plastic container with a hole cut in the side with something like peat moss. Even when they are not shedding, geckos like to hide out where it is damp.
•Since leopard geckos come from arid climates, water only needs to be made available two or three times a week. You can provide it more often, but it is important to remember to keep the dish clean as bacteria will accumulate.
•Leopard geckos are most commonly fed crickets or mealworms. It is hard to over feed your gecko, so they should have a continuous supply of mealworms or be fed crickets daily or once or twice a week.
•In captivity, leopard geckos can live over 20 years!
Reptile Rescue Organizations:
Reptiles have a rather long life span and, unfortunately, many people do not take this into consideration when purchasing a new pet and soon find themselves overwhelmed. Luckily, organizations exist that help rescue and re-home our reptile buddies.
•Austin Reptile Service: http://www.austinreptileservice.net/aboutus.html
•National Herpetology societies and rescues: http://www.anapsid.org/societies/#us
That’s Pretty Amazing!
•Leopard geckos will eat the skin after they shed it. They do this to get the nutrients from it and also to clean up any evidence that predators might use to locate them.
•They store fat in their tails in case of a food shortage.
•Leopard geckos are one of the few lidded geckos and are able to close their eyes.
•These geckos do not have sticky pads on the bottom of their feet, but instead have tiny nails. They are rarely found off the ground.
•Like many lizards, leopard geckos can release their tails when being attacked by a predator. The severed tail will continue to wiggle, distracting the predator and allowing the gecko to escape. The tail severs at special vertebrae and the muscled around the stump contract forming a tourniquet. The tails can be re-grown, but the vertebrae are no longer present.
•Leopard geckos are able to lick their own eyeballs.
•These amazing geckos are immune to scorpion stings!
For more information:
•Visit Geckos Etc. Herpetoculture: http://www.geckosetc.com/htm/care.htm
•Or visit the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard_gecko