Caring for your leopard gecko

How to handle me

Once leopard geckos get to know their owner, they do not mind being handled. They rarely bite or scratch but they will struggle if they are frightened. They are more at risk from you dropping or hurting them, than you are from them. Gentle, regular handling of juveniles is essential, although baby geckos are delicate so children must always be super vised. Hold your pets around their shoulders gently, but firmly. When they are lifted you should support the weight of their body with your other hand.

Keeping me clean

Leopard geckos do not have an odour if they are looked after properly. Always ensure they have eaten the food they have been given, before providing any more. Get to know your pet’s diet, as giving them more than they can eat can present problems. Food and water dishes should ideally be washed daily.

Their droppings are small and dry and should be removed as soon as you notice them. They do not produce urine, so if their home is spot cleaned regularly, it will not need to be cleaned as often as a small animal home. It is a good idea to empty and disinfect their home regularly, using a reptile-safe disinfectant but under normal circumstances you will only need to do this once a month.

Health & Hygiene

Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after feeding or handling your leopard gecko. Also wash after contact with any of their equipment. Always supervise children to ensure they do not put the leopard gecko, (or objects that the leopard gecko has been in contact with) near their mouths. Ensure children wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after handling the pet. Do not kiss your leopard gecko.