Taking Care of a Leopard Gecko
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Taking Care of a Leopard Gecko

Taking care of a leopard gecko is a great responsibility. These reptiles are friendly and a lot of fun to care for.

A leopard gecko is a reptile that is great as a house pet for the entire family. It is important to know and understand how to take care of a gecko.

Understand the cost of a gecko before you purchase it. Although the gecko itself may be affordable, the supplies that you need may be costly. To successfully care for a leopard gecko you will need; a ten gallon glass tank, screen top, reptile sand. water bottle, heat lamp, food, water, cricket keeper, rock and cleaning supplies.

When setting up your leopard gecko tank you will first need to lay some reptile sand down to cover the bottom of the tank. Next, you can place your rock in the cage in the area you desire. Place his water dish on the opposite side of the rock. Secure your screen top and place the heat lamp on the screen so it heats up the rock.

Both meal worms and crickets are a great source of protein for your lizard. If you are feeding your reptile crickets, you will need a cricket keeper to keep the crickets alive and healthy. Geckos need to be fed two or three times a week. It is important that your leopard gecko always has water to keep himself hydrated.

You will need to spray your leopard gecko with a water bottle daily to keep his scales moisturized and healthy. As your gecko matures, he will shed his skin even two to four weeks. He may help the process by rubbing against the rock in his cage. It is important not to peel his skin as it will naturally peel on its own. These leopard geckos will also eat their own skin once they are done shedding.

Your leopard gecko will need a head lamp since these reptiles like their living area humid. You can keep the lamp on the screen top and point it towards the rock to warm it. Keeping the tank at 88 degrees is a good temperature. You can attach a thermometer in the tank to be assure of what the temperature is set at.

It is important to take your leopard gecko out and spend time with him often. The more time he spends with you, the more friendly he will be towards people. After touching your reptile it is extremely important to wash your hands so you don’t spread salmonella disease which some reptiles may carry.

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Excellent article. Voted up.