Should I get a male or female leopard gecko as pets?

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One of the topics we see popping up every now and then is the question, “should I get a male or female leopard gecko as pets?”  You are new to the hobby, and you are wondering whether male or female leopard gecko make the best pets.  In this article we will go over male vs female leopard gecko behavior, their differences, and what you can expect out of them.  Our goal here is to help you make informed decisions so you can pick out the leopard gecko pet that works best for you.

Male or Female Leopard Gecko As Pets – Temperament

Leopard gecko temperament isn’t determined by sex.  We have seen equal number of aggressive females as there are aggressive males.  Leopard gecko’s temperament comes down to individual geckos.  It’s worth noting that some breeders believe temperament can get passed down through breeding.  The idea is to breed a pair of gentle leopard geckos for a greater chance at producing offspring that are more docile in nature.   And vice versa, often when breeding a pair of aggressive geckos, their offspring tend to be more aggressive and skittish as a result.  This isn’t 100% however, as temperament is still quite unpredictable.

One thing that affects temperament above all else in our opinion is leopard gecko’s sexual maturity.  As we have discussed in another article, all leopard geckos go through puberty.  Male leopard geckos will first hit sexual maturity at around 6-8 months old.  Female leopard geckos will hit sexual maturity and ovulate for the first time at around 8-12 months old.  Their temperament tend to change a bit as males get territorial for the first time.  Females on the other hand will usually stop eating as they ovulate and potentially become gravid. Continue reading “Should I get a male or female leopard gecko as pets?”

Best Reptile Incubator 2017 – Leopard Gecko Incubation – Natures Spirit

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Leopard gecko hobbyists often ask, “my leopard gecko laid eggs, what do I do?”  The topic of leopard gecko incubation often comes up unexpectedly.  Maybe you didn’t know the group of leopard geckos you are housing together contained a male.  Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to get into leopard gecko breeding, so the eggs are a pleasant surprise.  In this article we’ll discuss the best reptile incubator money can buy in 2017.  We will also go over specifics of leopard gecko incubation, such as ideal incubation medium, temperature sexing, incubation temperature, and egg incubation period.

The Best Reptile Incubator 2017 – Natures Spirit

The best reptile incubator of 2017 is without a doubt, Natures Spirit incubator.  It measures a whopping 24″ Tall x 24″ Deep x 19″ Wide.

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These Natures Spirit incubators are solidly built.  They come with 2 removable shelves, a large clear plexiglass door for easy viewing, heavy duty secure latches, air circulation fan, and they weigh only 40lbs.  Put it all together, you have the best reptile incubator available for small to mid-sized breeders, no matter if you are an amateur gecko hobbyist or professional breeder. Continue reading “Best Reptile Incubator 2017 – Leopard Gecko Incubation – Natures Spirit”

My leopard gecko won’t eat – feeding problems – behavior change

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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.

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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”

How to supplement gecko diet and dust feeder insects – Leopard gecko vitamin supplements

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This is a commonly asked question among leopard gecko hobbyists.  People often ask, “should I get calcium with D3 or without?”  Or, “what leopard gecko vitamin supplements should I buy?”  Or, “How to dust insects with multivitamin powder?”  Before we start, understand that there’s not just one right way to supplement. However, we will go over the most common methods that should work for all general gecko hobbyists and breeders.

To D3 or not to D3? The answer is simple. Yes, for leopard geckos living in captivity, you need to supplement with D3 unless you utilize UVB. UVB is a whole other discussion entirely so let’s just assume you don’t use UVB like most leopard gecko hobbyists. But to quickly go over UVB, in order to use UVB properly, you need to have a large enough terrarium. The tank must have lots of shades, hides, and the UVB must be given in very limited & controlled amount each day. Not to mention albino leopard geckos are extremely sensitive to light. Without limited and controlled UVB, and proper husbandry, you could harm your leopard geckos by exposing them to harsh UV.

We’ve seen leopard geckos with severe burns as a result of improper usage of UV. In addition, please remember not to supplement with D3 if you decide to provide UVB, or you risk Vitamin D3 overdose. Leopard geckos are crepuscular, they get very limited exposure to sunlight in the wild. Most hobbyists are not equipped with knowledge to provide controlled UV in captivity. This is why we recommend against the use of UV for general hobbyists. Continue reading “How to supplement gecko diet and dust feeder insects – Leopard gecko vitamin supplements”

Breeder Quality Leopard Geckos For Sale

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We have a few breeder quality leopard geckos for sale. Pictured above is a mack snow raptor het diablo blanco (het blizzard) female. She was hatched from a Mack Snow Diablo Blanco x Super Galaxy het Tremper pairing.  Beautiful gecko, healthy, plump, and ready to breed!  Create your own diablo blanco, mack snow diablo blanco, mack snow raptor, super raptor, super galaxy, and more with this female.

Leopard Geckos For Sale – Mack Snow Radar Male

 

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This is a HUGE male with long body and tail.   He’s a mack snow radar, with 100% double solid red eyes.  Radar is a bell albino + eclipse, this combination gives the gecko ruby red eyes.  His genetics make him a great keystone breeder.

You can produce radars, mack snow radars, super radars, eclipses, bell albinos, and more with him.  Having a solid male breeder with solid genetics is crucial to having a good leopard gecko breeding group.  He’ll be great for anybody looking to work with bell ablinos, eclipses, and mack snow genes.

Leopard Geckos For Sale – Mack Snow Diablo Blanco Male

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Big, beautiful, awesome all white mack snow diablo blanco male leopard gecko.  He currently weighs in at 100g.  He is just stunning, it’s very rare to find a large high quality mack snow diablo blanco for sale.  He is the father of mack snow raptor het diablo blanco female above.  Purchase both and breed your own diablo blancos, mack snow diablo blancos, and super snow diablo blancos!

Leopard Geckos For Sale – Mack Snow Eclipse Female

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Another big girl!  This big and beautiful mack snow eclipse has 100% double solid black eyes.  With speckled snow patterns throughout her body and tail, she’s a superb example of a mack snow eclipse.  She’s extremely docile, very easy to handle.  She’ll make a great breeder and a wonderful pet.

Leopard Geckos For Sale – Tremper Sunglow Female – Pet Gecko

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This is a very cute and docile tremper sunglow female.  She has sunshine yellow body, and a great carrot-tail.  This is a breeder release, she will make a wonderful pet to a loving home.

For a limited time, if you purchase Mack Snow Radar Male, Mack Snow Raptor het Diablo Blanco, or Mack Snow Eclipse Female, we’ll give you this tremper sunglow female for FREE. Just indicate in the order instructions/comments box when you place your order that you would like to have this tremper sunglow for free. There will be no additional shipping charges, she’ll be shipped to you free of charge along with your order if you order one of the other three geckos. First come first serve.

Leopard Geckos For Sale – Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Baldy Female

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Since the Tremper Sunglow female already got sold, we’ve posted another FREE gecko.  This is a Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Baldy female leopard gecko.  She’s a proven breeder release, $40 to purchase solo.  But she is FREE if you purchase any other geckos we have up for sale.  Simply indicate in the comments/instructions box during checkout that you would like to take this SHTCTB female.  She’ll be shipped to you free of charge, along with your order.  First come first serve, don’t miss out on a chance at purchasing two geckos for the price of one.

If you are interested in any of these leopard geckos for sale, please visit our available leopard geckos for sale page.  We have included more pictures and details about these leopard geckos on the availability page.  Shipping is $25 in California, $45 rest of U.S., and we offer FREE shipping when you order $350 or more.  This means the Mack Snow Diablo Blanco male leopard gecko comes with FREE shipping, along with any other geckos you would like to purchase with him.

Whether you are an experienced breeder or a new hobbyist looking to get into breeding, these are fine leopard geckos for you.  If you are just starting out, I would recommend purchasing both males as their genetics are solid, and use them to start two separate breeding projects.  One can be your tremper albino project the other bell albino project.  Since both are also mack snows, you will have a wide selection of breeding choices to go with them.

Difference Between Leopard Gecko and Fat Tailed Gecko

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What’s the difference between leopard gecko and fat tailed gecko?  Leopard gecko and african fat-tailed gecko share the same subfamily “Eublepharidae”.  Eublepharidae are a family of geckos lacking sticky pads on their toes (they have claws instead).  They also have movable eyelids unlike other species of geckos.  Aside from being in the same subfamily, leopard gecko and african fat-tailed are two different species from different parts of the world.

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Leopard Gecko vs African Fat Tail Gecko – Where are they from?

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Cute Funny Geckos – Sleeping Ares Super Giant Mack Snow Raptor Leopard Gecko

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Cute Funny Geckos – Sleeping Ares…Or Not?

Ares, our super giant mack snow raptor leopard gecko, is one of the many cute funny geckos we have.  The things I find him doing always make me laugh.  One day I was sneaking up to Ares to take a picture of him while he was sleeping.  I was walking slow, making as little noise as possible, and I was totally being stealthy…or so I thought.  As I was taking the picture, I noticed he had one eye open.  It was almost like him saying “Gotcha!  I see you!” Continue reading “Cute Funny Geckos – Sleeping Ares Super Giant Mack Snow Raptor Leopard Gecko”

Best Reptile Pets For Handling – Beginner Pet Lizards – Leopard Gecko As Pets

Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) make for great beginner pet lizards for hobbyists of all ages.  Crepuscular in nature, they are the most active during twilight around dusk and dawn.  Due to their gentle and docile temperament, leopard geckos are one of the best reptile pets for handling.  They are usually skittish when they are young, but they become much more docile and calm as they get older.

Best Reptile Pets For Handling

Leopard geckos tolerate handling very well.  They are coldblooded animals, so they will often lay on the palm of your hand to enjoy the warmth of your hand.  Unlike other gecko species, leopard geckos are ground-dwelling lizards with claws instead of sticky pads on their feet.  You can feel their claws when they hold on to you, but it won’t hurt as their claws are very small.

Leopard geckos rarely bite unless threatened.  Key to not spook a leopard gecko is by slow movements.  When approaching them with your hands, try to approach from the side of them and scoop them up.  If you approach from the backside and touch their tail first, they may get spooked.  When you see a leopard gecko wave their tail slowly back and forth, that’s their defensive posture.  This tail waving behavior means they are spooked and you should wait until they calm down before attempting to pick them up.

 

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Leopard Gecko Feeding – Feeder Insects Nutritional Value Facts

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Leopard geckos are insectivores, they must be fed on live insects.  In this guide we will explore leopard gecko feeding options and nutritional value of common feeder insects.

Leopard Gecko Feeding – What feeder insects to use?

Leopard geckos can be fed on a wide variety of insects, popular choices including, but not limited to, crickets, mealworms, superworms, dubia roaches, hornworms, waxworms, phoenix worms, silkworms, butterworms, and more.  Some feeder insects are more readily available so they are more affordable and easier to find.  We will review some popular feeder insects used for leopard gecko feeding.

Crickets

Nutritional Information:  Moisture 69.07%, Fat 6.01%, Protein 21.32%, Fiber 3.2%, Ash 2.17%, Ca ppm 345, P ppm 4238, CA/P ratio 0.081% (source)

Pro:  Easy to find, cheap, low fat, high protein, easy to care for, gut-loads well, erratic movement stimulates feeding

Con:  Noisy, unpleasant smell, short lifespan, jumpy, hide in crevices hard to fish out of the tank, can bite your gecko, can carry parasites

Mealworms

Nutritional Information:  Moisture 62.44%, Fat 12.72%, Protein 20.27%, Fiber 1.73%, Ash 1.57%, Ca ppm 133, P ppm 3345, CA/P ratio 0.040% (source)

Pro:  Easy to find, cheap, high protein, easy to care for, decent lifespan (can be prolonged by refrigeration), no mess or smell, easy to breed your own feeder colony

Con:  Higher fat content, bad calcium to phosphorous ratio, doesn’t gut-load as well (small digestive tract), slow movement may not stimulate your leopard gecko feeding as much

Superworms

Nutritional Information:  Moisture 59.37%, Fat 17.89%, Protein 17.41%, Fiber 6.80%, Ash 1.20%, Ca ppm 124, P ppm 2320, CA/P ratio 0.053% (source)

Pro:  Easy to find, cheap, decent protein, easy to care for, long lifespan (no refrigeration needed), easy to care for, no mess or smell, easy to breed your own feeder colony

Con:  High fat content, lower protein, may not be suitable for younger/smaller geckos, bad calcium to phosphorous ratio, doesn’t gut-load as well, can bite

Dubia Roaches

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Why buy from leopard gecko breeder? Why price differences? Worth it? Difference between pet store gecko and breeder gecko

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If you are just getting into leopard geckos, you might be wondering why buy from leopard gecko breeder as opposed to buying from local pet stores.  You might be asking why there are such price differences, and is it worth it?  Here we’ll explore the differences and hopefully help you make your purchase decisions easier.

So what do we know about pet store geckos?   Well, very little.

  • We know pet stores often stuff 5+ geckos into the same display container, a container size suitable for 1-2 juvenile leopard geckos at best.  There’s no temperature gradient, and they’re often all crammed inside one small hide.
  • We know they often use wood barks, sand, or repti-carpet for substrate, none of which are ideal for leopard geckos.  While repti-carpet does not pose direct health risks unlike bark & sand, carpet traps bacteria and is very hard to clean.
  • We know often they have crickets crawling all over the place, sometimes even on the geckos themselves.
  • The geckos often look skinny, malnourished, and frail.  Many have injured tail or bite marks on them.

Now what don’t we know about pet store geckos?

  • We don’t know their sex, and when asked, store employees won’t know what temperature the geckos were incubated in.  So you can’t temperature sex them or even make an educated guess.  If you are looking specifically for a male or female, you just can’t be sure.
  • We don’t know their genetic background, or the morphs of the parents.  So there’s no way to tell what geckos are het for or what kind of mix they are.  This leaves you out from ever breeding them ethically.
  • We don’t know the hatch dates of these geckos, so you won’t ever know their age.
  • We don’t know their weight.  Without knowing their age + weight, it’s hard to gauge their growth rate or know if the geckos are healthy.
  • We don’t know the breeders these geckos are from, so you’ll have no idea if you are buying from ethical breeders or just another gecko farm where they cram multiple hatchlings in small tubs.
  • We don’t know the reputation of the breeders these geckos are from, therefore we won’t know the conditions they were bred & raised in.  This means the geckos could be raised in poor conditions, and likely will carry parasites or diseases which will pose threats to your existing geckos.  Not to mention if the geckos get sick, you’ll face huge vet bills.
  • We don’t know if these geckos are being cared for properly in the pet stores by knowledgeable individuals.  We know their living condition is less than stellar as noted above, but are the feeders getting gutloaded?  Are the feeders being dusted properly with multivitamin powders prior to being fed?  Is the belly temperature inside the display tanks at the proper 88-93 degrees?

But I’m rescuing the geckos from poor conditions. Continue reading “Why buy from leopard gecko breeder? Why price differences? Worth it? Difference between pet store gecko and breeder gecko”