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How to Care for a Leopard Gecko

Do you find Leopard geckos interesting? Have you perhaps been considering getting one as a pet? Leopard geckos make excellent pets. These beautiful lizards come in several beautiful colors, and are quite tame. They also don’t need a very large cage, and are fairly inexpensive pets. If you are considering getting a pet Leopard gecko, you’ll want to read this article from your veterinarian Farmington Hills.

Here are some of the basics:

Habitat

Aquariums are an excellent choice for a Leopard gecko home. Geckos have very specific environmental requirements, so you’ll need to be sure that your setup includes proper heat, substrate, and minerals, in addition to water and shelter. Heating from below is the preferred method. The cage temperature should be right around 90 degrees Fahrenheit at one end of the cage, with the other end cooler. This will allow your gecko to move between temperatures as he likes. When it comes to substrate, many people find that a paper product, such as paper towels or newspaper, is the easiest to clean. You can cover the paper with leaves to make the cage more attractive. Your gecko will also require a little home with at least one hidey-hole, and will need to have calcium and fresh water available at all times.

Diet

Crickets and mealworms are standard fare for geckos. You’ll need to gutload insects before letting your gecko have them. Gutloading means feeding insects a specific meal. This helps maximize the nutritional content for your lizard. You can buy a commercial gutload mix, or make your own out of baby cereal, fish flakes, and dry dog or cat food, with a bit of leafy greens added as well. To keep your Leopard Gecko healthy, you’ll also need to dust the insects with calcium powder about every other day, and add vitamin supplements weekly. You can also give your lizard silkworms, pinkie mice, or waxworms as occasional treats.

Handling

Leopard geckos are quite tame by nature, and some even enjoy being handled. Don’t handle your gecko immediately after bringing it home, though, as you’ll want to give the little guy time to adjust to his new surroundings. When handling your gecko, take time to just hold him in your hand and speak softly to him, as he must get used to the shape of your hand and the sound of your voice to properly bond with you.

If you have any questions or concerns about caring for a Leopard gecko, please contact us at any time. As your veterinary clinic Farmington Hills, we are here to help. Please also visit our site for more pet care articles.

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