The leopard Gecko, a member of the family Leopardidae, is one of the most popular pet lizards today. The more common leopard Gecko (also called desert rock leopard) is a solitary, semi-arboreal ground-dweller lizard native to the dry rocky desert areas and mountains of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and northern Mexico.
Geckos are small in size with a head size of between 2 and 3 inches (roughly 5 to 8 cm), and they are normally brown, gray, or reddish in color. They are well insulated; however, they can still become cold during the winter months. They are not picky about their food and they are nocturnal in habit, moving around at night in searching for food.
Taking care of your leopard gecko doesn’t have to be difficult if you understand their needs.
A Great Pet For Captivity
Unlike other lizards that do not do well in captivity, the leopard gecko is not at all affected by being cooped up in a small cage. They are very intelligent and can be trained to follow simple commands.
As long as they are given sufficient amounts of nutritious food, they will not eat anything that is too hard or tastes bad. If you decide to buy a leopard gecko from a breeder, be sure that you are getting a healthy animal as this is very important during the first year of your pet in captivity.
When properly cared for, a leopard gecko can live for anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Their natural lifespan is much longer in the wild, sometimes even exceeding twenty years. But as long as you give them good care, they should live quite long in captivity without issues.
Habitation And Feeding Are Paramount
Keeping leopard Gecko as pets is not as hard as one may think. It is important to choose the right size of cage and make sure that it is made out of sturdy materials. The pet store where you purchase your lizard should be more than capable of helping you pick the right size for it.
Also, you will need to know how to feed your Gecko, since they can only digest meat. Feeding your Gecko once a day, while slowly hand feeding it, will help it get used to its new home. Giving it treats a couple times a day also helps towards bonding and making it feel more secure in your presence, which is important for its health and mood.
Lastly, it’s also important to know that this lizard is not meant to live outdoors at all times. You can keep your Gecko in a warm terrarium, but they are not meant for temperatures as high as they would be in the wild.
Keeping a leopard Gecko as a pet could turn expensive if you don’t tend to its needs, but with proper care your Gecko friend will be a healthy and happy member of your family for many years to come.