Leopard Geckos

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Leopard geckos are a great first time reptile, they are relatively easy to care for and can become quite tame.  But they do need live food to eat such as crickets, mealworms, locusts and some even enjoy the odd pinkie mouse.

The Leopard gecko requires a nice place to live, somewhere safe and secure.  Inside there must be a heat source and places for the leopard gecko to hide. They need a damp place as well as a dry place to hide because they shed their skin and the moisture helps them to remove all of their old skin.  Any skin that gets left behind can evolve into more serious problems.   The dead skin shrinks and if caught on a toe or the end of the tail it can stop the blood supply to that region of the leopard’s body detaching leaving an open wound.

Leopard geckos are easy to handle but their tails are very delicate, when they are stressed they can detach them.  This is a defence system that they use in the wild, they can leave their tail behind twitching and hopefully they have escaped being dinner for another creature.

 The leopard gecko looses a vital fat store when they drop their tail so it is important to make sure that they are given adequate food to help replenish what they have lost and to aid the growth of the new tail.  Unfortunately the tail never grows back the same it becomes fat and short.

In lean times in the wild the tail is used to proved nourishment for the leopard gecko and even in captivity they will eat a lot of food so you have to be careful and watch their weight.  A gecko that is too fat isn’t healthy.  A thin leopard gecko also isn’t healthy check their tails if you can see the bones and it is not fat then it has some underlying medical condition and is not a good specimen to purchase.

As with all reptiles, you can catch semolina from the leopard gecko.  But if you keep your leopard gecko clean and healthy this reduces the risk, also wash your hands after playing with it.

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