These are one of the very few gecko species that have eyelids. Hugely popular as pets, they are available in a wide range of colours and patterns.
Where are Leopard Gecko Hatchlings from?
In the wild these animals are found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and north-west India in the dry, rocky grasslands and desert areas found in this part of the world. They spend the hottest part of the day hiding under rocks, and emerge at dawn and dusk to bask, feed, and interact with others.
What do Leopard Gecko Hatchlings eat?
They eat invertebrates in the wild, and in captivity are quite happy on a diet of crickets, mealworms, locusts, cockroaches and calci worms; waxworms may be fed as a treat, but are extremely fatty, so should not form the greater portion of the diet.
Leopard Gecko Hatchlings Habitat
Leopard geckos grew massively in popularity over the years and started to be commercially bred on huge scale. They are reared in very simple trays – heated but with no access to UV light and fed on only mealworms (very cheap and easy) heavily coated with calcium and multivitamin/mineral powders.
Unfortunately a few serious health issues started to occur more frequently. These included metabolic bone disease (calcium deficiency), and Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), which is a common intestinal infection caused by a single-celled parasite. This is an awful condition which causes rapid weight loss and usually results in death.
Crypto on the other hand is more difficult. It seems like every gecko is a carrier, and stress seems to bring on the condition. We found that the best way to reduce stress on the geckos that we bought in was to rear them individually under UV light, and give them time to settle before we offered them for sale. Sometimes it was weeks before they would be strong enough to go on to a new home.
This gave me an idea: if we gathered a group together, kept them under UV light, and fed a variety of foods, could we produce better, healthier geckos?
In the spring of 2016 we started to collect eggs from the group we had assembled and carefully conditioned. We incubated them, and when they hatched we reared them in small groups (6-8), provided UV light and a wide variety of foods including crickets, locusts, mealworms, calci worms and the occasional dubia roach.
I knew that this would produce good geckos but I am still amazed at just how good they are! They are such keen feeders, eating about twice as much as the commercially bred geckos we have had before, and more keen to eat all of the different foods.
There have been very, very few infertile eggs, every single fertile egg has hatched, and every single hatchling has survived.
They are growing really well, eating like baby beardies (the bottomless pits of the reptile world), are showing amazing colours and best of all we have had no health issues! We haven’t had to hold any back and give them any special treatment – they are all thriving!