Caring for your corn snake

Leopard geckos as pets

Leopard geckos are considered one of the easiest lizards to keep and make great pets for older children and adults. 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 of f in the evening. Smaller geckos can be delicate, so younger children must be super vised 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 ver y easily in any modern home. If cared for properly, they can grow between 20 to 25cm.

Do I like company?

Leopard geckos do not have the same needs for company as mammals, and will be happy living on their own. It is usually difficult to sex them when they are small. Adult males will fight and will need to be separated, whereas females will live happily together with or without a single male. A male with one or two females will form a natural social group if they have enough space, although breeding is almost inevitable. Leopard geckos lay eggs which need to be incubated at the correct temperature and when hatched these need to be raised away from their parents for several weeks before they are allowed to go to new homes. It is important to note that it is often very difficult to find homes for babies.