Do Leopard Geckos Bite? Herpetophobia

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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

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Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Hatchlings Have Arrived!

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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.

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And here she is right after she slipped out of the egg.  We have a beautiful, healthy leopard gecko hatchling!

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Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot-tail Hatchlings – Leopard Gecko Genetics

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Hello Bell Albinos! Leopard Gecko Radar Hatchlings of 2017

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Right on schedule, the Radar hatchlings are here!  At OnlineGeckos.com, we were having a race to see whether our Tremper or Bell projects were going to hatch first.  The eggs were laid roughly at the same time.  The Tremper projects won as last week two beautiful super giant leopard gecko hatchlings were born.  Once that happened, we knew the Bell albino projects were coming next.

First Radar Hatchlings of 2017

These are not clutchmates (one male one female), but they share similar traits as both are from the same parents.  You’ll notice the very distinct reverse stripes down their backs.  This is a trait passed down from our male breeder, Kronos.  We absolutely love the reverse stripes, and we breed for it specifically.

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Radar Hatchlings – Genetics

Radar is Bell Albino + Eclipse.  This combination gives them ruby red eyes.  We love working with Bell Albinos.  When we first got into breeding in 2011, the very first leopard gecko we hatched was a bell albino het radar.  So we’ve been working with Bell albinos since the very beginning.  We still have our first boy, he’s quite photogenic, you may have seen him on our site before. Continue reading “Hello Bell Albinos! Leopard Gecko Radar Hatchlings of 2017”

Hello World! First Leopard Gecko Hatchlings of 2017

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Houston, the leopard gecko hatchlings have landed!  Our first leopard gecko hatchlings of 2017 are finally here.  We’ve been waiting patiently, with fingers crossed, for these beautiful leopard geckos to hatch.  It takes roughly 65 days for females incubated at 80-82 degrees to hatch, so it has been awhile.

First Leopard Gecko Hatchlings of 2017

We weren’t quite sure whether our Tremper projects were going to hatch first, or our Bell projects.  Their eggs were laid at around the same time.  Looks like the Tremper projects beat the Bells this time.  We also have Rainwaters, Snows, and Tangs but they were laid a bit later.

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These are clutchmates, born less than 24 hours apart.  Their parents are two huge super giants; father a super giant extreme emerine, mother a very large super giant tremper sunglow.  We can’t wait to see how these hatchlings will mature.  They look like little Giants, and they are already eating 2 days after hatching!

Of course now that these have hatched, we know the Bells are coming next.  Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated!

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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! Continue reading “Breeder Quality Leopard Geckos For Sale”

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”