The 2018 leopard gecko breeding season is upon us. Every year adult female leopard geckos will start to ovulate between January through June/July. If you have an adult leopard gecko, you should start to notice some behavior and feeding changes soon.
Both male and female leopard geckos could refuse food off and on throughout the breeding season, as we outlined in “My Leopard Gecko Won’t Eat” article. Some leopard geckos will fast through the whole season. You should not be alarmed. This is all part of the normal leopard gecko breeding season cycles. Continue reading “Leopard Gecko Breeding Season 2018”
One of the most commonly asked questions is “what do I do, my leopard gecko won’t eat”. Your geckos have stopped feeding on a regular schedule, you are now wondering if there’s something wrong. The very first thing you should check is your husbandry. If you have not read our leopard gecko care guide, you should take a look. It contains detailed valuable information on proper husbandry.
Leopard geckos require proper belly heating in order to digest food
If you do not provide proper belly heat, they can’t digest food properly, and could stop eating as a result. The ideal belly heat is between 88 – 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Gecko owners often make the mistake of measuring the air temperature because they purchased a leopard gecko “kit” from the pet store, as they usually come with a stick on thermometer. It’s important you measure the floor temperature where your gecko will be laying on to get the proper temperature reading for belly heat. You can easily and quickly measure your tank’s floor temperature by using a temperature gun like Etekcity’s Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer. Just point and click. Or if you prefer constant reading, a digital thermometer with a probe.
Also some retail kits are known to send you home with basking lights. Remember leopard geckos are crepuscular, they do not bask under sunlight. Basking lights are for diurnal species like iguanas and bearded dragons. It’s important you have an under tank heating pad like Zoo Med ReptiTherm to provide proper belly heating for your leopard geckos.
Click here for our full comprehensive guide on leopard gecko heating and temperature needs.
As part of good husbandry, you should have a warm hide, a cool hide, and a moist hide somewhere in the middle. When you don’t provide proper hides, your gecko could feel stressed and scared. When they get stressed they may stop eating completely. Hides should be snuggly, tight fitting hides where they can feel safe. Leopard geckos do not enjoy hides with big openings with multiple entrances where sunlight/room light can shine in 24/7.
My leopard gecko won’t eat and I use sand or other loose substrate
If you use sand or other loose substrate such as bark, cypress mulch, calcium sand, coarse coconut fiber, moss, walnut shell, and more, there’s a good chance your leopard gecko is impacted. Impaction can occur when the gecko’s digestive tract is blocked by terrarium bedding. This condition can be fatal. Continue reading “My leopard gecko won’t eat – feeding problems – behavior change”
We’ve been watching for leopard gecko supplies holiday deals to see if we can find some good sales in 2017. You can find some nice end of the year sales on reptile supplies during the Winter holiday season. We are happy to share with you what we’ve found. Now is a good time to stock up on gecko care and equipment supplies while saving some money.
Leopard Gecko Supplies Holiday Deals – Amazon Prime Membership
Amazon is where we often camp for good deals. We like Amazon because with Prime Membership, you get unlimited fast free shipping. This is extremely useful when you are doing last minute shopping. You can start your 30-Day free trial here. Even if you don’t want to pay for Prime, you can still enjoy all the benefits completely free for 30 days. So say you want to take advantage of fast free shipping, start your trial, then cancel it before 30 days is over. Think about the amount of shipping cost you’ll save with unlimited Free Two-Day shipping. Continue reading “Leopard Gecko Supplies Holiday Deals Exo Terra All Glass Terrarium”
2017 holiday shopping season is here! Holiday shipping delays have become more common in the recent years. Extra caution must be taken to ensure the safe arrival of live animals. With leopard geckos and african fat-tails, they require Priority Overnight shipping. See below for FedEx’s 2017 holiday shipping schedule for Express shipping:
Thursday Nov 23rd: FedEx Express is closed
Monday Dec 25th: FedEx Express is closed
Monday Jan 1st: FedEx Express is closed
On these days, FedEx will not ship or deliver at all. Continue reading “FedEx and OnlineGeckos.com 2017 Holiday Shipping Schedule”
In this hatchling update, we have many new hatchling pictures to share with you. We are also planning on posting some 2016 releases and 2017 leopard gecko hatchlings toward the end of September and early October. Please check our Available Leopard Geckos for Sale page for new geckos in the upcoming months. We’ve already posted a beautiful Bell Blazing Blizzard female for sale.
Hatchling Update September 18th 2017
Our hatchling racks are at near full capacity. The way we handle new leopard gecko hatchlings is we leave them be and allow them to eat and grow for at least 2-3 months. These early months are crucial to their development and health. Gecko hatchlings that don’t eat well early on could develop metabolic bone disease (MBD), or other physical developmental issues such as being smaller and underdeveloped. This is why even though we know people are eager to purchase these cute baby geckos, we do our best to not bother them too much during the first few months.
But as promised, we know folks like to see more gecko pictures. We have plenty of hatchling pictures to share with you during this hatchling update. First we’d like to show you a couple of before & after pictures. Here’s a radar female born on 7-3-2017:
And here she is 2 months after, with a much more developed tail, and a more intense orange body color: Continue reading “Hatchling Update and Leopard Geckos For Sale”
“How should I deal with picky eaters?” You have a leopard gecko who is a picky eater, and you are seeking advice on how to get your gecko to feed. In this article we will explore some ways to help get your gecko to start eating. Over the years we’ve found some tricks that may help you jump start your gecko’s feeding. They are by no means guaranteed methods, as your results may vary. But it won’t hurt to give them a try.
How to deal with picky eaters?
First thing first, you should read our “My leopard gecko won’t eat” article. It’s a comprehensive article that will help you figure out why your leopard gecko won’t eat. In this article however, we assume your leopard gecko is healthy and your husbandry is sound. We also assume your gecko isn’t going through breeding season blues or sexual maturity.
Dealing with healthy picky eaters require a different approach. You aren’t trying to figure out why your leopard gecko won’t eat, but rather you are trying to simply get your gecko to eat more. Here are some tricks we’ve found over the years that should help you deal with picky eaters. Continue reading “How To Deal With Picky Eaters – Leopard Gecko Feeding”
Do leopard geckos bite? We see this question pop up every now and then. It is a fair & valid question. Perhaps you are a concerned guardian looking for information on leopard geckos before purchasing one. Or maybe you are wanting to get into reptiles but you don’t like reptiles that bite. Some people even have fear of reptiles, called herpetophobia. It is a rather common animal phobia. Herpetophobia is a condition that can be managed and cured with proper clinical treatment.
Do leopard geckos bite? The answer
Yes, leopard geckos can bite. But it’s not common for leopard geckos to bite. When scared or threatened, leopard geckos most often choose to flee rather than fight. When leopard geckos do bite, sometimes there are reasons for it. We’ll go through some of the reasons below so you can be informed and perhaps avoid getting bit in the future.
1. Male leopard geckos can get territorial
Continue reading “Do Leopard Geckos Bite? Herpetophobia”
Our super hypo tangerine carrot-tail hatchlings of 2017 have arrived! These two leopard gecko clutch-mates hatched within the same day. We caught one of them with just her head out of the egg, it was so cute.
Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Hatchlings of 2017
Initially we waited for awhile to see if she would come out of the egg on her own. When she didn’t, we took the opportunity for a photo shoot. Here’s a pic of this cute super hypo tangerine carrot-tail hatchling still in the egg, on the palm of my hand.
And here she is right after she slipped out of the egg. We have a beautiful, healthy leopard gecko hatchling!
Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Hatchlings – Leopard Gecko Genetics
Continue reading “Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Hatchlings Have Arrived!”