Lizards pets at home
Leopard geckos are considered one of the easiest lizards to keep and make great pets for older children and adults.
Leopard Gecko Morphs are simply different colour forms of the Leopard Gecko.
Essentially, they live on the ground and although they can climb, their ability is limited.
Being nocturnal, they become most active when the vivarium lights are turned off in the evening.
Smaller geckos can be delicate, so younger children must be supervised when handling them.
However, once they get to know you they are easy to handle.
Leopard geckos can live for about 20 years or more.
They do not need a great deal of space, and their needs can be met very easily in any modern home.
If cared for properly, they can grow between 20 to 25cm.
Leopard geckos originally came from hot dry areas in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
They hide underground for the hottest part of the day and become active at night.
Like most reptiles they are normally housed in an enclosed cage with glass doors called a vivarium.
This needs to be monitored carefully to ensure that the environment is correct and has plenty of hiding places so the gecko can rest whilst the vivarium light is on.
Being nocturnal means they do not need the same special lighting requirements as many desert reptiles.
Heat however, is very important and can be provided by a heat mat or other suitable heat source.
Leopard geckos are easy to feed, as they only eat insects.
Many people feel that mealworms are low in nutritional value and should only be fed in moderation.
Some breeders however feed them almost to exclusion without any long term issues.
However, as with all animals, it is probably best to feed a variety of small live insects such as crickets, small locusts as well as mealworms.
As long as they are given the correct food, care, attention and environment, leopard geckos are normally problem free.
Providing heat, food and vitamins are the most important aspects of their care if long-term problems are to be avoided.
A healthy leopard gecko will be bright eyed, have a fat tail, strong legs, and will be active in searching for food during the night.
All vets have a basic understanding of reptiles, but those with a specialist interest are worth seeking out.
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