Leopard geckos are lovely gentle animals with real personality that make great pets. They are easy to care for and readily available in many different colours and patterns, but being reptiles they do have specialist requirements.
A glass terrarium or a wooden vivarium can be used to great effect. Wooden vivariums cost a little less to set up and run than a glass terrarium. However, glass terrariums can make a more attractive display and can be used for a bio-active (live plants and live clean up bugs) set up.
A single Leopard gecko can be kept in a 60cm (24”) terrarium or vivarium, but as they are fairly active they would appreciate a larger vivarium.
Temperature is very important in reptile care. Reptiles cannot produce their own body heat and need to be kept within a suitable temperature range to enable the body to function correctly.
Leopard geckos require a thermal gradient of 25˚C to 30˚C during the day; this can be achieved by using a heat mat and a basking light on thermostats mounted at one side of the vivarium to create a warmer side. At night the temperature should drop to around 20˚C to 25˚C.
It is very important to know what the temperature is, so check regularly with an accurate thermometer. Do not guess or take temperature by hand (if it feels warm or cold)
A simple 12 hour light cycle is ideal for Leopard geckos. UV lighting is essential and can be provided using a UV strip light or compact lamp. Read our blog on UV Lighting for nocturnal snakes and amphibians.