Leopard Gecko Habitat

How to Setup Your Leopard Gecko Habitat

Setting up a leopard gecko habitat is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, with the right information, it can be a relatively easy process. The following will provide you with all the information you need to get started.

Setting Up A Leopard Gecko Tank Overview

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of your leopard gecko’s tank. Leopard geckos are relatively low-maintenance pets, but they still have a slew of special care needs if you want them to have a long, healthy life in captivity.

Your gecko’s tank needs the following supplies:

Make sure Heating is adequate. The hot side (the basking area) of the cage must gradually give way to the cooler side. Temperatures in the basking region should be between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while the cooler end should be between 75 and 80 degrees. Between the cold and hot sides, the temperature should be between 80 and 85F.

Lights and a 12/12 cycle are required. A 12-hour on/12-hour off cycle should be used for enclosure lighting. White basking bulbs (which also heat up your gecko’s habitat) are an easy way to achieve this.

Correct humidity. Leopard geckos, being desert inhabitants, require constant humidity levels of 30 to 40 percent in captivity. Maintain a low level of humidity. Your gecko’s water dish should be placed away from the basking bulb to avoid evaporation (which adds more moisture to the air).

Both Cool and Warm Hides. A hide is a small, enclosed area where your gecko can rest or seek some privacy. Place the moist hide in the center of the enclosure, fill it with damp substrate, and shower it daily using a spray bottle. Ideally, the dry hide should be near the cooler end of the enclosure and be made on a dry substrate.

A solid foundation. Your gecko’s enclosure’s floor is made of Substrate. “Loose,” or indigestible, substrates should be avoided. For example, substrates like sand, gravel, and wood chips are dangerous since your gecko could accidently eat them and get harmed. Tile, flat stones, reptile carpet, or paper towels are the safest options.

Decorations. You’ll need a variety of items in your gecko’s tank to provide him with a sense of security, from plants to bridges to signs and more.

What exciting leopard gecko tank ideas can you come up with now that you know a little more about fundamental leopard gecko habitat needs? Using these pointers, you may transform your pet’s aquarium from plain to stunning in no time at all!

 Leopard Gecko Tank Size

A 20-gallon vivarium with dimensions of 86 x 37.5 x 42cm is ideal for your gecko. This is around the size of a 20 gallon tank.

The tank for your Leopard Gecko should be long, not tall. Leopard Geckos, unlike many of its closest relatives, lack adhesive lamella on their feet, but instead have small claws. This indicates that they are primarily nocturnal and do not frequently ascend.

Learn about different Leopard Gecko Morphs

In order to keep your gecko safe from any potential predators (such as cats), make sure your tank has a screen lid that allows your gecko to get enough fresh air and light.

 Temperature, Lights and Humidity

Leopard geckos rely on their surroundings to keep their temperature stable. Providing a “thermogradient,” which has a heat light at one end and a colder region at the other, is critical to the success of the experiment. Temperatures can be controlled with thermostats. In addition, keep in mind the following:

During the day, the temperature in the basking area should be between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, and at night, it should be between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius.

At night, switch off the heat lamp, but keep the temperature above 18 degrees C by using a heat mat or ceramic heat lamp.

Leopard geckos require a moderately dry climate to survive. Use a hygrometer to check the humidity in the tank’s chilly end; it should be between 30 and 40%.

Low levels of ultraviolet light are necessary for your gecko. A UVB bulb with a percentage of 2 to 5 percent will suffice to allow your gecko to produce vitamin D, a necessary mineral for storing and using calcium.

Ground Cover

There should be a layer of material covering the substrate in your gecko’s enclosure. Your gecko’s aquarium can benefit from shredded paper towels, newspaper, or butcher paper as a floor. They prefer a covering of ground cover approximately an inch deep to dig beneath.

You can keep your leopard gecko’s aquarium clean by using shredded paper as ground cover. In addition, you may already have paper towels or newspaper lying around your house, so there’s no need to go out and buy anything new.

As an aside, you can buy sand to create a habitat for a leopard gecko at several pet stores. Colorful sand is popular as a gecko habitat because of its eye-catching appearance. Sand, on the other hand, is a poor ground cover for their habitat. Sand-eating leopard geckos have been observed. Serious digestive issues can arise as a result of this.

Leopard geckos require a variety of hiding spots and hideouts in order to regulate their body temperature.

Experiment with Flooring Substrates

If you’re on a tight budget, substrates are a great way to dress up a reptile cage. In this case, it is critical to use a safe substrate. Particles as tiny as a human hair are common in loose substrates. Impaction can occur when certain materials, such as sand, gravel, and wood chips, are used.

Gecko-friendly surfaces are plentiful, which is both beautiful and safe for your pet. Below are some ideas for Leo substrates:

Slabs of stone or ceramic

Linoleum that’s been stuck down

Reptile carpet

Sand carpets made of reptile sand

Substrates that are capable of sustaining life like Bioactive substrates (not recommended for novice reptile keepers)

To discover your personal favorite, try out a variety of substrates. Sand mats provide a more natural appearance and are safer than actual sand because the sand and pebbles are firmly attached to the surface.

Adding A Warm Hide

All reptiles, including your leopard gecko, are cold-blooded and rely on their surroundings to control their temperature. It also need a safe haven where it can rest and recuperate. Your gecko will be able to hide, sleep, and feel protected thanks to the warm hide.

 Add A Cool Hide

The tank’s heated hide or wear side can get a little too hot at times. (Are you sure the tank has a hot and a cold side? It’s a no-brainer, right?) When your gecko has had enough heat and needs to chill off, the cool hide provides a safe haven. 

 Add Plants to Your Leo Tank

Leopard Geckos aren’t known for their propensity for ascent. They do, however, still benefit from a good quantity of plant cover in their enclosures when they are housed in cages. Whether the plants are real or fake makes no difference. Real plants, on the other hand, can boost the humidity to dangerously high levels.

It’s also a good idea to utilize artificial plants instead of real ones because they’re more durable and easier to maintain for new reptile owners. Leopard geckos are completely insectivorous, therefore your pet won’t be able to eat them.

There is a lot of room for imagination when it comes to using them! To offer your gecko a little more privacy, choose a variety of plants (such as vines, huge, robust plants with plenty of leaves, etc.). Adding plants to your gecko’s enclosure is a great way to give enrichment and encourage exploration and interaction.

 Customize the Tank Background

The walls of most simple enclosures are either transparent glass or mesh, which might be monotonous for both you and your gecko to gaze at. To avoid your leo feeling exposed or agitated, cover their enclosure with a large number of decorative items and plants.

When it comes to decorating your gecko’s enclosure, there is a lot you can do! To help your gecko feel just at home, you may buy pre-made desert environment backgrounds from many internet merchants. Glue or tape the sheet to the back of the enclosure after it has been unrolled and cut to size.


As you can see, setting up the ideal Leopard gecko habitat is not difficult with a few helpful tips. By following these simple steps, you will have a happy and healthy pet!

For more information on choosing the right supplies for your leopard gecko habitat, let us know your questions in the comments below.

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Leopard Gecko Habitat Setup FAQ

Where can I find information on Salmonella in reptiles

The best source we have found is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What is the best way to treat reptiles mites?

Empty the enclosure and add a few drops of dish detergent to the shallow water to get rid of snake mites. Eventually, the mites will sink and drown as a result of your efforts.

 What Size Tank Should I Get For A Leopard Gecko?

A 10-gallon tank is required for juveniles. Ideally, you should be able to buy an adult enclosure from the beginning. The tank for an adult Leopard Geckos should be at least 20 gallons long. Also, a 20-gallon tank capacity is sufficient for a Gecko to travel and explore.

Juveniles develop quickly, so consider getting a smaller beginner tank. In the span of three months, they gain an inch.

Once they reach a height of six inches, they require a tank with a capacity of twenty gallons.

Two leopard geckos should not be housed together.

Territorial hostility can cause injuries or death when more than one Gecko is housed in the same habitat.

Males and females are both susceptible to aggression.

A 30-gallon tank with many hides can be used to house multiple geckos at once.

Enclosures for Leopard Geckos A 20-gallon glass tank is the ideal home for your Leopard Gecko.

To observe your gecko, use glass. It’s easy to clean and portable, making it an excellent surface for thermometers and other decorative items.

Glass tanks may be more expensive than other tank kinds, but they are significantly more functional.

Infrared & Heat Lamps for Leopard Gecko During the day, a temperature range of 90°F to 75°F is required for your Leopard Gecko’s comfort. To avoid overheating, the temperature of the tank’s warm side should not exceed 95°F.

Heat sources are needed in order to keep their habitat warm. The best choice is a ceramic heat emitter. Please make sure that the thermostat (not a thermometer!) is connected to it in order to adjust the heat.

On the hot side of the tank, install a UVB lamp rated at 13 to 25 watts. Make sure the bulb is not on for more than ten hours a day and is not on for more than six hours.

Your Leopard Gecko may benefit from the use of a UVB light, even though one is not strictly necessary. Using a UVB light has made many of my Geckos appear healthier and more bright.

UVB light can cause eye damage if it is excessively bright. A natural heat gradient can be created by placing the bulb on one side of the tank.

Consider using a D3 supplement in lieu of a UVB light.

Allow the tank temperature to fall to about 70°F at night.

 What do leopard geckos eat, and when?

A leopard gecko’s food consists of a variety of live insects, including crickets, “calci worms,” waxworms, and small locusts. Additionally, you’ll have to supply these insects with plenty of fresh produce and clean water to keep them healthy.

What is the Best Time to Feed Leopard Geckos?

Young geckos should be fed every day, while adults should be fed every other day. Evenings are best for the feeding time. You’ll also need to boost your gecko’s diet. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

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