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Leopard geckos belong in to several classes of specie including Reptilia, Order Squamata and Suborder Sauria. Unlike other leopards of this species, leopard geckos and the close kin, eubleparine geckos, can close their eyes completely. Another difference is that they don’t have clinging toe pads or expanded toes. Most of them have chubby tails and all live in dry habitats.

The leopard gecko and other wall climbing geckoes share similar anatomical and genetic similarities and have been placed in the family Gekkonidae. Howeerem some taxonomists now believe they should be placed in their own family, Eublepharidae. Leopard geckos are native to Afghanistan, Western India and Pakistan.

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The Leopard Gecko is typically found in dry areas. They do have a preference for rocky desert and grassland over large stretches of sand. They often spend days hiding in rock crevices or burrows and nocturnal creatures.

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The Leopard Gecko has a fairly long, narrow body with a wide, short, fatty tail. The skin’s yellowish background has dark spots and blotches. A captive bred gecko comes in different patterns and color mutations and unlike most geckos, they have moveable eyelids and non-adhesive toes.

The Leopard Gecko is about seven to ten inches in length with a life pan in the wild of about fifteen years which is increased to about twenty years when they live in captivity. It is not uncommon to find Gecko’s that have lived as long as twenty nine years, but this a rare occurrence.

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As a general suggestion, we should allow for approximately twelve by twelve inches of surface area, per adult Leopard Gecko. This specie likes to hide in warm, cave-like conditions. Keep in mind that Adult male Leopard Geckos must never be housed together or they will fight and eventually hurt and kill each other. We can however keep a single male housed with several females, and a number of females can also share the same enclosure.

Leopard Geckos that are hosed in crowded conditions will become territorial which will spark fight over space and particularly, food. Larger and more dominant Leopard Geckos may intimidate and bully other Geckos that weaker or younger.

Leopard Geckos seem to thrive the best when housed individually. Do NOT house adult Leopard Geckos with baby Geckos or any other reptile specie.

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As a general suggestion, we should allow for approximately twelve by twelve inches of surface area, per adult Leopard Gecko. This specie likes to hide in warm, cave-like conditions. Keep in mind that Adult male Leopard Geckos must never be housed together or they will fight and eventually hurt and kill each other. We can however keep a single male housed with several females, and a number of females can also share the same enclosure.

Leopard Geckos that are hosed in crowded conditions will become territorial which will spark fight over space and particularly, food. Larger and more dominant Leopard Geckos may intimidate and bully other Geckos that weaker or younger.

Leopard Geckos seem to thrive the best when housed individually. Do NOT house adult Leopard Geckos with baby Geckos or any other reptile specie.

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As a general suggestion, we should allow for approximately twelve by twelve inches of surface area, per adult Leopard Gecko. This specie likes to hide in warm, cave-like conditions. Keep in mind that Adult male Leopard Geckos must never be housed together or they will fight and eventually hurt and kill each other. We can however keep a single male housed with several females, and a number of females can also share the same enclosure.

Leopard Geckos that are hosed in crowded conditions will become territorial which will spark fight over space and particularly, food. Larger and more dominant Leopard Geckos may intimidate and bully other Geckos that weaker or younger.

Leopard Geckos seem to thrive the best when housed individually. Do NOT house adult Leopard Geckos with baby Geckos or any other reptile specie.

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We do not recommend any sort of loose substrates which could easily be ingested such as sand, bark, fish tank pebbles or walnut shells which can be easily digest and hurt your pet, or worse, cause death. There have been a number of reported Leopard deaths from consuming too much sand while striking at crickets.

Here at Petware House, we carry a wide variety of substrates such as reptile carpet, unglazed ceramic tiles and slate which make for a more natural enclosure. Most breeders though do agree that paper towels or newspaper are the best choice for substrate.


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Due to their nocturnal nature, Leopard Geckos do not require any sort of artificial lighting to keep warm or pile up on the vitamin D. For the Gecko, overhead lighting will raise the ambient temperature in the enclosure which Is not required. Also be aware that Leopard Geckoes’ eyes are very sensitive and their eyesight is poor in bright light. Under any circumstances, do not expose your Gecko to direct sunlight.


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The Leopard Gecko, as with all reptiles are cold blooded and rely on their surrounding environment to keep warm or call. As a result, we highly recommend using an under tank heater (UTH) on one side of the Geckoe’s enclosure. This will allow your specie to move back and forth within the tank to adjust their own body temperature. We refer to this as thermal regulation and it’s critical for their metabolism, immune systems, and digestion.

The perfect temperature range for the Gecko is around ninety to ninety-four degrees, on the floor surface of the warm side of their enclosure and normal room temperature around seventy to seventy four degrees on the cool side. Us their belly heat to determine the overall heat source since in their natural habitat they utilize the head absorbed from the sun in the rocks to aid in their digestion.


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The Leopard Gecko should shed their skin about once every two to four weeks. We might also add that they eat their skin once it sheds off – so don’t be alarmed by this. Its very important that all the skin come off escpically from the toes and eyelids as Geckos can loose their toes to infection if the skin does not shed completely.

If shedding should become an issue for your Gecko, it may be necessary to keep the substrate around the housing moist by misting it with water, placing damp paper towel inside or adding a separate moist hide in their enclosure. If the shedding issues continue and for severe cases, try soaking your Leopard Geckos feet in ½ inch of warm water and then using a swab, very gently remove any residual skin from their toes or eyelids in a rolling motion. Loose skin can be removed manually.



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Approach your new Gecko with care, keeping your hand low and your palm in the upward position, before picking up your Gecko. Avoid reaching down from over their head because the will become started and think your some sort of predator.

Whatever you do, don’t grab the Gecko by the tail. Like all lizards, when they are attacked or threatened and may inadvertently drop their tail. When a lizard loses its tail, it will become open a susceptible to disease and infection while a new tail grows back. The tail will eventually grow back, but regenerated tails are never quite as nice as the original.

Since the Gecko is a desert dweller, they store water, fat and nutrients in their tail (similar to that of a camel) so its important they don’t lose their tails.


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The Leopard Geckos mainly eat mealworms, life crickets, waxworms, roach nymphs and silk works. Use caution when feeding them as anything larger than about ¾ of their head to prevent chocking. Appropriate sized mealworms can be put in a small bowl with added calcium. Babies should be fed five to seven small crickets or roach nymphs every day until they reach about four inches in length. Then, larger prey every other day till they become full grown in about ten to twelve months. Adults can be fed six or seven large crickets or roaches two or three times a week.

Feed your Gecko waxworms, but only on occasion as they are high in fat and cholesterol and because they may become spoiled if they are fed them too often which will lead to your pet refusing other food items.

We always recommend providing your Gecko with a variety of foods. Since Geckos assimilate calcium and vitamins from their diet, feeder insects must be dusted with a mixture of ultra fine calcium powder every two or three feeds, and reptile vitamins once a week.

Keep in mind that your Gecko is dependent on the proper supplementation of calcium and vitamins, otherwise, serious diseases may result. Metoblic Bone Disease is caused by calcium deficiency and permanently disfigure or ultimately kill your Gecko.


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Keep in mind that your Gecko is dependent on the proper supplementation of calcium and vitamins, otherwise, serious diseases may result. Metabolic Bone Disease is caused by calcium deficiency and permanently disfigure or ultimately kill your Gecko.

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Petware House is conveniently located at 7477 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is just moments north of West Cook Road and a few minutes drive from the I-69. While heading north on Lima Road, you will find us on the left hand side of Lima Road, next to DAVCO Auto. We have ample parking for our visitors, parking for seniors, handicap and expectant mom’s. Additional accessibility is available for handicap and for the delivery of large items into and out of our store location. Come into our new showroom for the largest selection of healthy pets, pet food, pet accessories and let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find that perfect pet and solutions that work best for you.

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