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.

 

If you have experience with pet iguanas before, you know iguanas get very aggressive once they reach sexual maturity.  In fact most of the iguana owners end up giving their iguanas away once they become unmanageable.  Their tail whips hurt, they become really difficult to hold as they age.  Leopard geckos do not have this issue.  Leopard geckos actually get more docile as they get older, and this is why leopard geckos are one of the best reptile pets for handling.

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Best Beginner Pet Lizards – Leopard Gecko As Pets

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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

Nutritional Information:  Moisture 65.6%, Fat 7.2%, Protein 23.4%, Fiber 2.9%, Ash 1.2%, Ca ppm 800, P ppm 2600, CA/P ratio 0.308% (source)

Pro:  High protein, low fat, easy to care for, extremely long lifespan (nymph to adult can live up to 2 years), gut-loads very well, no smell, high calcium to phosphorous ratio, easy to breed your own feeder colony, movement stimulates feeding

Con:  Can not be shipped to Florida, not as easy to find (most retail stores won’t have them), expensive unless you breed your own, roach phobia

Waxworms

Nutritional Information:  Moisture 61.73%, Fat 22.19%, Protein 15.50%, Fiber 7.69%, Ash 1.02%, Ca ppm 283, P ppm 2161, CA/P ratio 0.131% (source)

Pro:  Easy to find, cheap, irresistible to geckos, can be used to jump start feeding

Con:  Extremely high fat content (must be used as treats only), short lifespan, can not be gut-loaded, smelly, sensitive to moisture & heat

Phoenix Worms (Black Soldier Fly larvae)

Nutritional Information:  Moisture 61.2%, Fat 9.4%, Protein 17.3%, Ca ppm 8155, P ppm 5355, CA/P ratio 1.52% (source)

Pro:  Low fat, easy to find, cheap, best calcium to phosphorous ratio feeder available, decent protein, decent shelf-life (3 weeks), movement stimulates feeding

Con:  Messy, can not and should not be gut-loaded, different brands of black soldier fly larvae confuse consumers, some leopard geckos don’t like them

Notes:  There are different brands of black soldier fly larvae.  Their nutritional values are different between each brands because they are fed different diets and raised on different bedding mediums.  Phoenix Worm is the most popular one, and it carries the best & safe calcium to phosphorous ratio of 1.52%.  Another brand, Calciworm, contain a calcium to phosphorous ratio of 3.28%.  This is too high and not safe for continued consumption by leopard geckos.  For leopard gecko feeding, we recommend going with the Phoenix Worm brand. Continue reading “Leopard Gecko Feeding – Feeder Insects Nutritional Value Facts”

Cute Geckos Communal Feeding – African Fat-tail Mealworm Dish

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Cute Geckos Communal Feeding

These are two super cute geckos, caramel albino african fattails, during feed time.  Can you just imagine what they are saying?

cute geckos communal feeding caramel albino african fattail

Cute Geckos 1:  Hey so, are you gonna go?

Cute Geckos 2:  I’m thinking about it, that one is moving fast.

Cute Geckos 1:  Well if you aren’t going, then I’m gonna take a bite.

Cute Geckos 2:  Wait wait, I almost got it.

Cute Geckos 1:  3…2…1…

(Nom nom nom)

So which of these two cute geckos do you think got the first bite?

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”

Leopard gecko calcium powder – what reptile supplement to use – how to dust feeders – calcium with D3 or without – best multivitamin – how often do I dust – feeding guide

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What leopard gecko calcium powder do I use?  Calcium with D3 or without D3?  What brand of vitamin is best?  How do I dust feeders?  How often should I dust my feeders?  How do I gutload feeders?  These are all very common questions from leopard gecko hobbyists.  We will go through all these questions and hopefully clear things up for you.  Here is an easy to follow comprehensive gecko feeding/supplement guide.  So let’s get started!

What multivitamin for leopard geckos and african fat-tails?

There are two brands we recommend, they are Repashy Calcium Plus, and Zoo Med Reptivite with D3.  We have used these two commercial multivitamins extensively for over 5 years.  They have worked very well for us.  These are all-in-one leopard gecko calcium and multivitamin supplements, they contain vitamin D3, calcium, other vitamins, trace minerals, and carotenoids for dusting insects .  If you use one of these two products, you will not need additional supplement on the side.

As a breeder, I lean towards Repashy Calcium Plus.  It is a slightly more potent formula.  When our female breeders go through 6-7 months long of breeding season each year, sometimes laying up to 15-20 eggs, their bodies get really drained and exhausted.  Repashy Calcium Plus has worked wonders for us.  For general hobbyists not breeding, Zoo Med Reptivite with D3 will do just fine.

Here is Repashy Calcium Plus ingredients list and guaranteed analysis:

INGREDIENTS: Calcium Carbonate, Dried Kelp, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, RoseHips, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Hibiscus Flower, Algae Meal, Turmeric, Rosemary Extract, Natural Fruit Flavor, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement).

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. .2%, Crude Fat min. .2%, Crude Fiber max. 4%, Moisture max. 8%, Calcium min. 17%, Vitamin A min. 200,000 IU/lb, Vitamin D min. 20,000 IU/lb, Vitamin E min. 2,000 IU/lb.

How often should I dust my insect feeders?  Do I still need to gutload?

When using one of these two products, you should dust your feeders at every feeding.  So for young/juvenile leopard geckos, you would usually feed every day or every other day.  You should dust your insects each time you feed.  As your geckos age, once they reach adulthood (12 months old+), they’ll likely eat less, maybe every 3-4 days.  You would still dust the insects every 3-4 days as you feed them.

Yes you should still gutload your feeders.  What gut-load means is you would feed your insects 24 hours before feeding them to your geckos.  This way when you feed them to the geckos, they’ll be full of nutrients and moisture.  Your geckos are what they eat.  The more nutritious the insect feeders are, the more well fed your geckos will be.  Carrots are one of my favorite veggies I use to feed my insects with.  You can use leafy greens as well, or oats/bran.

How do I dust feeders?

The most popular method is shake-n-bake.  You take a plastic sandwich bag, drop some feeders in it, dust the feeders with your multivitamins, then shake them up.  I’ve made a video explaining how to dust & gutload feeders, take a look:

Do I still need to leave leopard gecko calcium inside the tank? Calcium with D3 or without D3?

One of the common things gecko hobbyists used to do was to leave a bottle cap full of pure calcium, phosphorous free, inside the tank at all time.  This was back in the days before all-in-one supplements became popular.  Now, with Repashy Calcium Plus and Zoo Med Reptivite with D3, you don’t need to leave calcium inside the tank anymore.

But, it’s totally fine if you want to still do it.  We still do it with our breeder females, and we watch them lick the calcium powder up very often.  Here we recommend Zoo Med Repti Calcium without D3.

When leaving leopard gecko calcium inside the tank for free-feeding, it’s important to only use pure calcium, phosphorous-free, without vitamin D3.  Reason for that is because too much vitamin D3 can be toxic for your leopard geckos.  You can’t control how much they eat when you leave calcium in the tank, that’s why you should only use the formula without vitamin D3.  Zoo Med Repti Calcium without D3 works perfect for this purpose.

Your leopard geckos will get their D3 needs when you dust multivitamin powders during feeding.  By the way, Zoo Med Stainless Steel Feeding Tongs are great when it comes to feeding your geckos.  They make reaching for insect feeders easy, and they clean up well. Continue reading “Leopard gecko calcium powder – what reptile supplement to use – how to dust feeders – calcium with D3 or without – best multivitamin – how often do I dust – feeding guide”

Leopard gecko heating temperature requirement. Under tank heating pad. How to install UTH. Digital thermostat.

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Leopard gecko heating requirement

Leopard gecko heating and temperature requirement is an important topic.  We’re happy to provide you some factual information and clear a few things up for gecko hobbyists.  Leopard geckos require belly heating in order to digest food properly.  This is why under tank heating pads are preferred.  Some people mistaken leopard geckos with diurnal species such as iguanas and bearded dragons.

Difference between diurnal and crepuscular species

Diurnal species require basking light as they absorb UV and heat through their backs.  They are active during the day when the sun is shining bright.  Where as leopard geckos are crepuscular, they are most active during twilight, such as around dusk and dawn.  Leopard gecko heating requirement is different, they absorb heat through their belly instead.  It’s using this method that they are able to digest food properly and have a healthy life.

Leopard gecko heating with under tank heating pad

Under tank heating pads, or UTH for short, come in all different sizes.  What you want is for your UTH to cover roughly 1/3 of your tank.  Zoo Med ReptiTherm is a popular brand, we’ve been using them for over 5 years without a problem.

Here is how you would install this under tank heating pad.  First you stick the pad under your tank, like this:

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What should I breed? What morphs do I make? What to sell? What breeding projects?

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What should I breed?

People often ask what should I breed, or what morphs do I breed to sell?  Here’s a checklist of what we recommend you to go by.

What should I breed?  Well what morphs do you like?

You should always pick morphs that interest you.  This way, whether your breeding projects take off or not, whether you can sell your geckos, you’ll always love what you breed and hatch out.  Many gecko projects we have were picked because we enjoyed them.  Projects such as the bandit project and sunglows were my personal favorites.  This is key to keeping your interest level high.

Market research

As much as you should pick breeding projects you enjoy, you should also realize some morphs are not as popular.  There’s no doubt some morphs are purchased more than others.  Most do sell but they don’t sell at the same rate.  It’s your job to do some research.  Go browse some gecko websites, you’ll want to look at what morphs are sold, which breeds are sold quicker than others, and what morphs tend to stay available longer.  You pretty much want to conduct your own market research.

Avoid muddy water and multiple hets

Use the genetics calculator to figure out what possible results you’ll get when breeding.  Try to avoid complicated results that end up with multiple hets or normals.  While some people enjoy breeding geckos with multiple hets for wider range of possibilities, understand that listing geckos with multiple “possible” hets are not always attractive to buyers.

Have a solid breeding group

Your breeding projects should consist of one male and at least three females.  Sometimes it won’t hurt to have a backup male because you may end up with a male that either isn’t compatible with your females, or is bad at breeding.  Yes there’s such a thing as bad at breeding.  Some males are naturals, they get mating and they copulate with a high success rate.  While some males may not breed as well, they don’t copulate well, or at times they act like they aren’t interested.  Having a backup male will ensure you don’t end up wasting a whole season.

What should I breed?  Difference between breeders & hobbyists

Find a happy balance with all of the above.  You should most definitely breed what you enjoy, but you should also do your own research into what morphs are popular.  Do note that what breeders buy are vastly different from what hobbyists buy.  So if you chose to breed all high-end, high priced geckos, you may end up with too many you aren’t able to sell.  This is because general hobbyists don’t spend that much money on high-end geckos unless they are looking to breed themselves.

We hope this helps, good luck choosing your own gecko projects!

Refocused, Energized, Ares SG Mack Snow Raptor Leopard Gecko Update

It has been 3 years since we introduced Ares to the world, remember this post.  Since then we’ve had some challenges finding suitable females to go with Ares.  People have been asking us to update on his progress so here it is.

We’ve tried no less than 6 super giant females with Ares, all but 1 have rejected him due to his size.  I mean he is 12 inches long, 170g, the largest female we have in our collection is around 120g.  So there are sizable differences between Ares and potential female breeders.

Every time we’ve tried, the females seem spooked by his size, and just started running, biting, tail waving, etc..  These are not normal behaviors by ovulating female leopard geckos.  So the only explanation we have is that they are simply spooked by his size.

Aside from that, there are the real life challenges.  In the past few years, we’ve had to move once, I’ve had job position changes which was a good thing but it also demanded more time from me.  As a result we downsized our breeder collection, sold off many breeders, and ended many projects.  We’ve had to let go some of our personal favorites, which depressed us.  I believe we ended up with roughly 25’ish breeders and only 3 or so projects.  We even put the Ares project on hold.

Fast forward to today.  This year has been good to us, work is going well, my schedule has stabilized.  I took a fresh look at our geckos, and looked back at what we did in the past.  When you have one of world’s largest super giant geckos, you don’t just give up.  We had produced some of the best looking leopard geckos & african fat-tailed geckos around, remember our bandit projects?  They were amazing.

So we are now refocused, energized, and we’re ready to get breeding again.  We’ve already spent good amount of money on a large group of super giant females from a reputable breeder, at least one or more have got to work with Ares right?  We’ve also fine tuned our projects, there was a time when we were working on 10-15 projects at a time, which was too much.  And we were not focused enough on particular projects, so some projects didn’t work out as well as we had hoped, and we ended up with excess amount of breeders.

What I’m trying to say is expect to see some good looking and healthy geckos from us this year and the next.  We’ll also start making more updates to our blog and youtube channel, so stay tuned!  By the way, a fresh new pic taken this week of Ares, he is still 170g after 3 years.  He’s a majestic gecko, we’re determined to find suitable females for him this year.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading, and happy Spring!

Support April the Giraffe Live Cam

Since we get good amount of hits to our site, we wanted to share something unique and fun.  Animal Adventure Park has a live cam setup to allow viewers from all over the world to watch April the giraffe get ready to give birth to her calf.  It is a live stream on 24/7, so you get to follow April the giraffe and her daily/nightly activities. It has been very fun and educational to follow April and her keepers this past week.  So we figured to pass on the word and share this with everybody else who might be interested.

You can support April the giraffe and Animal Adventure Park by going to their official site at http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com.  They have merchandise there, including daily updates on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AnimalAdventurePark/

You can also donate if you wish.  Be aware of fraudulent sites and videos, only links on http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com are official.  We hope you enjoy following April the giraffe as much as we do! Continue reading “Support April the Giraffe Live Cam”

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.

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”

Did you know? Leopard geckos are great jumpers

Did you know?  Leopard geckos are great jumpers.  I witnessed my gecko jump from the floor of a standard 30x12x12 tank up to the top of the tank, 12 inches high.  It startled me at first.  Never in a million years would I have imagined this docile, slow moving gecko (our Zeus) would be able to jump that high.  Ever since that day I have not left any tank uncovered while unattended.  This serves as a warning to those that think their leopard geckos can’t get out of their uncovered terrariums.

I’ve heard stories of people losing their geckos when they have the tank’s top cover removed.  I’ve also read many accounts of people’s geckos escaping a temporary holding container, like a plastic critter container, while they were cleaning the terrarium out.  Just be aware that leopard geckos can jump very high, much higher than you think.  So don’t leave your geckos in any tanks or containers uncovered while unattended.

Leopard geckos don’t have sticky paws to climb glass with, they have claws instead.  But don’t be fooled, be safe, keep the tanks/containers covered.

Leopard Gecko Holiday Shopping Guide – Holiday Shipping Schedules

It’s the end of the year, everybody’s looking for gift ideas for their friends & families.  Maybe you’ve been to the pet stores a few times and your kids have expressed interest in having a gecko pet.  What a great time to surprise them with a gecko pet of their own?  Building a tank to house a leopard gecko or african fat tail is easier than you think.  Just follow our leopard gecko care guide here, along with easy setup instructions on our basic gecko terrarium setup page, you will be ready in no time.

You may have been tempted to purchase a gecko kit in the pet store, because it seemed to be the easier way to go.  Unfortunately these kits do not provide the best care to house your geckos, even if the kits have a leopard gecko picture on them.  Majority of the kits come with basking lights, which is best used with diurnal species such as iguanas and bearded dragons, not crepuscular species such as leopard geckos or african fat-tails.  Most of them don’t come with enough hides, and they definitely don’t come with proper vitamin supplements.  You can actually order just about everything you need online from Amazon via our careguide and tank setup pages.  The only thing I would probably get locally is the tank itself, which you can find cheap during sales events.  Although we do like these Exo-Terra tanks, as they provide great access to your geckos through front opening doors, and they do look beautiful.

Once you’ve got your tank all setup and ready to go, you are ready to pick a gecko pet.  Take a look at our gecko available page to see some leopard geckos and african fat tails for sale at great discounts.  Once you’ve picked the gecko of your choice, now comes the timing part.  We’ve actually had customers in the past ask if we could ship a gecko on Christmas day.  Unfortunately no, Fedex is closed on Christmas day.  Here are the days Fedex will be closed during the end of the year holiday season:

Thursday 11/27
Thursday 12/25
Thursday 1/1/2015

If you would like to have the gecko arrive as close to Christmas day as possible, we highly recommend to ship the gecko no later than Monday 12/22, for arrival on Tuesday 12/23.  Fedex Priority Overnight is used when shipping geckos.  We don’t recommend shipping on Tuesday 12/23 for arrival on Wednesday 12/24 because in case there’s any shipping delays, the gecko would be kept in the shipping box until 12/26.  Shipping delays could be caused by grounded flights due to heavy fog or bad weather.  Do also keep in mind that we will not ship geckos if the destination temperature is under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  So if you live somewhere cold, or expect bad weather, it’s best to have the geckos ship in November or early December.  The earlier you could receive the geckos, the safer it’ll be, and the less chance you would be disappointed by any weather or shipping delays.  Gecko’s safety and well-being is always our top priority.

OnlineGeckos.com End of the Year Sale – Leopard Geckos and African Fat Tails

10-29-2014 Update: New leopard geckos and african fat-tails have been added!  Many of you have requested that we extend our sales a bit longer so you would have enough time to save up for them.  We’re happy to announce that we’re going to extend our sales until the end of the year.  This is now an End of the Year Sale, all geckos have been marked down below market value (over 20-30% off).  FREE shipping at $350+ still apply to all orders.  On top of it all, we are still giving discounts if you order a group of geckos of 2 or more.  So please contact us for special group discounts.  Start shopping now by taking a look at our Available page.

In addition, we’ve posted some FREE pet geckos on our available page.  The way this works is you can add 1 free pet gecko for each gecko you order.  So if you are purchasing 2 geckos, you can add 2 free pet geckos to your shopping cart.  These free pet geckos do not add any cost to your shipping.  They can not be purchased alone, and they are first come first serve.  You promise us you will provide good care to these geckos, we promise you these geckos are eating, defecating, and functioning normal.  We also promise we’ll take good pictures and describe the geckos to the best of our knowledge.  Nothing will make us happier to see these pet geckos go to good homes.

OnlineGeckos.com Fall Sales Event – Leopard Geckos and African Fat Tails

OnlineGeckos.com is having a Fall Sales event, starting from the first day of Autumn (September 23rd), until November 1st.  We do this every year, as we do love Fall.  It marks the end of hot summer days, and it gives us a good 2-3 months of good weather to ship geckos before Winter comes.  If you live somewhere with extreme weather during Winter time, now is a great time to stock up on geckos.  Take advantage of our Fall Sale, all geckos are marked well below their market values.  As always, FREE SHIPPING still apply to all orders $350+.

Remember we do give return customer & volume discounts, so don’t hesitate to contact us.  Take a look at our Available page to see what we have for sale today!