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Leopard Gecko Questions And Answer

Are leopard geckos nocturnal?


Mostly! Whilst leopard geckos are not out and about during the day like a bearded dragon, they do emerge at dawn and dusk as well as at night. It’s then that they absorb UV, and warm up for the day – or night! – ahead.


Are leopard geckos social?


Leopard geckos, like most reptiles, are predominantly solitary in the wild. In captivity, two or more females will usually tolerate each other as will a male and several females. If provided with plenty of space, more hiding areas than geckos and abundant food then a stable group can be assembled. However, one gecko is perfectly happy on its own!


Are leopard geckos poisonous?


No, not at all. Neither are they venomous.


Are leopard geckos fast?


Certainly as babies leos rely on speed to escape predators, so they can – and do – run away very fast given the chance. However, as they age and get used to being handled they get calmer, and are less inclined to run away.


Do leopard geckos bite?


Any animal that has a mouth can bite. Leopard geckos are gentle, easy going lizards that will only bite you if they are frightened or hurt – or you are hand feeding them a particularly tasty morsel!


Do leopard geckos need heat lamps?


They certainly do need a heat source to provide a hot spot in their vivarium, but it doesn’t have to be a lamp. Heat mats are a good source of gentle heat, but do avoid hot rocks.


Do leopard geckos need UV light?


Yes they do. Read our blog on the subject.


Do leopard geckos have teeth?


Yes. They don’t have the different types of teeth that mammals do – canines, molars and so on – but they do have sharp little teeth to grip their food with.


Do leopard geckos make good pets?


Yes, absolutely! They are simple to house and light, they do not need as big a vivarium as some of the larger lizards, and are gentle and personable. They don’t eat much, and are robustly healthy as long as their needs (temperature, UVB access, and supplementation) are met.


Why does my leopard gecko look pale?


Just before they shed, leopard geckos loosen the old skin by pumping a small amount of fluid between the layers of old and new skin. This makes the old skin look rather dusty and grey, and is a good indicator that your gecko is about to shed.


Why does my leopard gecko dig?


This partly depends on the sex of the animal. If females are digging, then they may be gravid (about to lay eggs), and are looking for somewhere to deposit them. Males may be exploring, or trying to escape from excessive heat – check your temperatures.


Why does my leopard gecko try to climb the glass?


There are several reasons for this. First, reptiles don’t understand that you can’t walk through glass, so they may simply be trying to investigate part of the room outside their house. They may be just exploring, or they might be trying to get away from something that is making them unhappy – a bullying cage mate or excessive heat are two common ones. Check all your parameters, and consider separating co-habiting geckos.


Why does my leopard gecko sleep so much?


We are a diurnal – day active – species, and leopard geckos are nocturnal – night active (although they are also active at dawn and dusk as well) – so our active times don’t always coincide. If you haven’t seen your gecko for some days, however, check that it really is sleeping, and not hiding because it is unwell or excessively stressed.


Do you have any questions about leopard geckos?

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Comments (1)

  • Kathryn Couzens / 2nd April 2017 /

    I have a female leopard gecko, shes nearly two years old (I’ve had her 16 months) . I handle her as often as I can – four to five times a week. However when I picked her up to clean out her viv today (02/04/17) she became very skittish, tried to jump off to my open palm and made a noise I’ve never heard her make before. I changed her mat as quickly as i could and put her down to avoid unnecessary distress. Also the tip of her nose, her feet and her tail are pale – I know this is a sign of shedding but she hasn’t reacted like this to me before even when she’s been close to shedding. Any advice? I’m quite concerned, she’s never acted like this before.

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