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Tips and information on Leopard Geckos


Size:
At birth the leopard geckos hatch approximately three to four inches. When they reach adult age they can be anywhere from seven to nine inches, except in the giant form where they can reach from nine all the way to twelve inches!

Habits: Leopard geckos are nocturnal, which means they are active at night. They often like to come out and cool off and look for food. They rest in burrows, crevices, and tunnels. Leopard geckos typically live in deserts and can live peacefully together in groups with the exception of mature males, who if placed together will often fight to the death.

Defensive Behavior: Leopard geckos can't cause any type of serious harm or injury to humans and/or predators. When they feel threatened they usually stop, lowering themselves down to the ground, raising and waving their tail cautiously around in the air. They then let out a high pitched squeak or a tiny growl. This can startle you or a predator and that's exactly what it's intended for. This is their defense mechanism which is meant to startle the predator while they dart away into their cave, rock or wherever their shelter is. Usually the hatchlings make the squeaking noise which can also be followed by a attempted bite with their mouth closed. They use their waiving, raised tail to mimic a head (in larger animals it is plenty thick to look like it too.) If a predator gets too close, the gecko will release it's tail and the tail will twitch on the ground on it's own while off of the gecko, or while in the jaws of the predator. While the predator is busy feeding on it's tail, the gecko will run to safety in its shelter or closest hiding place. In captivity, leopard geckos become so used to human activity that often there is no defensive behavior displayed at all by larger leos (leopard geckos). Often just a waving of the tail is a sign of wariness. If the leo is picked up and falls, this is one way a leopard gecko will feel threatened enough to turn and bite. In a situation like this, it can hold on for varying periods of time. The adults are strong enough to break skin and cause some pain. It is not common though if your leopard gecko is cared for and handled properly. When they seem scared or just like they need to be left alone then it's best to just take a hint from your gecko and leave them alone. When the leopard gecko is new to you, it's best to not handle them unless you have to (for 3-7 days). It's best for your new pet to get used to the new environment first before you attempt to handle them.

Tail Loss: Regenerated tails don't have the ringed segments of the original tails. Dropping the tail is a very common defensive behavior in most geckos and many other different species of lizards. Regenerated tails end up shorter, fatter and they actually end up mimicking a head even better than the first. When tail loss occurs the gecko needs to be isolated and given a dish of calcium so it can have access to some at all times. ,The leo should also be fed some extra food and or treats . For example if an adult you can feed them pinkies (baby mouse), super worms or wax worms. They are high in fat and a good addition to their regular mealworm diet.

Feeding Behavior: Leopard geckos like to actively hunt prey, they especially like small moving prey, particularly invertibrates. Their narrow snout allows for 3D vision of objects from a short distance. If it's new or unfamiliar prey, they will investigate a little more before aiming and lunging with tongue flicks, prior to feeding on the insect. Usually this will happen the first time pinkies are offered. I've also noticed that when they first start eating pinkies, the squeak will scare them sometimes away from eating it. They usually try the pinkie again the second time and will eat it. They also detect food by smell. Leopard geckos can easily be trained to eat mealworms from a dish which is easy and convenient. But whatever you choose to feed your leopard gecko, it needs to be fully gut loaded.

 

 

 

Leopard Gecko Care Sheet

Additional Tips and Information about Leopard Geckos

Leopard gecko habits
Typical leopard gecko size
Defensive behavior
Tail Loss
Feeding Behavior

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