A gecko is a reptile small, dainty and cute enough to be considered as a pet. They are of various species and depending on what kind you’re planning to adopt and what it’s native to, you’ll have to cater for its requirements ranging from where you’re going to house it all the way to its nutrients and proper care. All these things are necessary to create the best habitat for leopard gecko.
A leopard gecko is nocturnal in nature. These animals usually sleep by day and hunt by night, thus getting that name. This means your reptilian friend will be sleeping all day while you’re wide awake and trying to party all night when you’re trying to get some shut-eye. So you’ll want to build a home – called a terrarium, for them where they can relax and enjoy themselves and be the ideal pet. Their characteristics such as acceptance of handling and friendliness can be motivating factors for you to consider them as a pet, which is why it’s important for you to ensure that they continue to be the same with whatever habitat you provide for them.
A terrarium for the little reptile should be made keeping in mind the importance of ensuring the little reptile is made to be as close to its actual habitat as possible. It’s usually found around hot arid places such as Pakistan and India and hangs around Rick’s grass and shrubs. So try and ensure you’re catering for these needs.
Factors important for a good gecko habitat
Ensure maximum space
Like any animal kept in a cage, the gecko would love to move around. While it’s not a very active little reptile, space if of utmost importance as that’s where it will spend most of its time. You need to ensure that whatever you’re using to house your gecko is big and large enough to let move around freely and feel happy. But also remember that these creatures can feel cold. Keeping too big a tank for too small a reptile can make it difficult for it to find a heat source when the tank gets too cold to live in.
Use a wire mesh cover
Geckos can’t climb on glass, so there’s little risk of them escaping. It’s the external risks that you need to cater for to ensure anything from outside doesn’t harm an animal. A wire mesh cover is an ideal choice over a plastic one as it’ll help regulate the temperature and keep it cool enough for the inhabitant to survive
Maintain a temperature gradient
The cage should have different temperatures on different sides – warm in one end and cold on another. This can help the reptile relax on whatever side is comfortable to him depending on his mood. Temperatures should be within a limit they can stand, between 27°C and 32°C. This will help ensure he doesn’t get too hot or cold and can be done using a thermometer and UV bulbs to regulate the temperature.
Use tile for flooring in the tank
Tiles can be a helpful substance to use for the flooring of your tank. This is an easy and convenient alternative to other materials as it’s easy to clean and sanitize. Add in some flat stones as they are cheap and effective in keeping the temperature warm. Textured flooring will help the gecko actually walk instead of a desperate moonwalk all over. Tiles can also be substituted for newspapers to help with ease in cleaning out the tank and as a cheaper alternative to tiles.
While sand can be used between layers, refrain from letting it come in direct contact with the gecko. He may try and ingest it, and fine sand particles are fatal as they can get ingested and then kill the gecko slowly and painfully
Reptiles prefer a humid and sticky climate. They feel better and live happier in something that’s sticky. The temperature also ensures that can shed their skin properly. Use humidifiers from the pet store to keep the humidity level optimum.
Place food and water
Since he isn’t going to be hunting in the wild, your gecko will need your help with basic food and water requirements. Place these bowls and fill them on a regular. Reptiles tend to eat and drink at odd hours, and so is best that you always keep them filled up so that they can feast as and when they please. Geckos, however, do have a drowning tendency. To ensure yours doesn’t go swimming in a pool too deep for him, ensure the bowl isn’t too big for him in case he decides to get too curious. They will also try and bathe in the same bowl, so choose size accordingly.
Add plants and rocks
It’s a habitat you’re trying to recreate. And since your pet lives amongst Rocky plains and dry shrubs, you’ll need to add tiny plants that can help create the same ambiance. These artifacts will ensure that your gecko feels right at home and comfortable. Sticks and tiny logs can be added to give it a perching spot. Since this is a tank and not the wild, be sure to strip it of any residue that may be harmful to the gecko. Keep it as clean and bacterial friendly as possible to reduce any chance of infection to the reptile.
These are some ideas to consider when putting together the best habitat for leopard gecko. As they are wild reptiles and aren’t personally bred for keeping as pets, there are many things to ensure and prepare for before keeping one at home. They’re usually friendly and can be handled with ease. Because they’ll be spending maximum time inside the cage you’re preparing, it should be made so that they can freely and happily live and survive. Geckos are not very active and will usually be moving around or staying perched on any particular spot. Ensuring the proper temperature gradient, keeping a nice place for it to stay in and maintaining a proper diet is all it needs to survive.