Leopard Geckos, The Best Pet Reptile?

Leopard Geckos are a species of reptile native to semi-desert and dry areas such as Northwest India, Afghanistan, and Iraq. They are a popular beginner reptile due to being common in the pet trade, easy to care for, and generally having a good temperament.

Interesting Leopard Gecko Facts
  • They are one of the most popular species of reptile kept in the United Kingdom.
  • With the correct care, they can live 15 + years in captivity.
  • Whilst not as vocal as other geckos they sometimes make a bark-like noise if agitated.
  • They eat their shedding skin as a defence mechanism to stop predators finding them.
  • If attacked or scared they can drop their tail, and even more amazingly grow a new one!
Availability

Leopard Geckos are probably the most common reptile within the pet trade in the United Kingdom. As such, you can normally find them at your local reptile pet shop, there’s also plenty of reputable breeders to purchase from.

Cost

The cost of Leopard Geckos vary greatly, this is due to the large amounts of morphs available. If you’re looking for a normal Leopard Gecko this will typically set you back £30-50 depending from where or who you purchase your Leopard Gecko. Some higher-end morphs can set you back hundreds. This provides a budget suitable for almost everyone!

Care

In comparison to many other reptiles, Leopard Geckos are very easy to care for, that said like all reptiles they have unique care requirements and as such it is important to make sure that these requirements are understood and met.

We have included a basic care summary below but would recommend carrying out more in-depth research before purchasing a Leopard Gecko.

  • Housing – An adult Leopard Gecko is best housed in a wooden vivarium. The size should be 2ft as a minimum, with 3ft being preferred.
  • Heating – Heat mats were previously recommended as standard for Leopard Geckos, however, these days heat bulbs are considered a better alternative. The basking spot should be between 29 – 33c and a stat should be used to control temperatures.
  • UVB – UVB is not compulsory for Leopard Geckos, but there is evidence to show they are beneficial.
  • Diet – Leopard Geckos are insectivores and can eat various insects as a staple including mealworms, crickets, roaches, and wax worms as an extra treat. Food should be gut loaded and dusted with calcium + vitamins.
Summary

Leopard Geckos are very popular pets, with reason. They’re affordable, hardy, easy to care for and make enjoyable additions to the collection of new or experienced reptile keepers alike. On top of that, they are beautiful animals that with the correct care, will flourish in captivity. Are they the best pet reptile? They might just be!