Housing Leopard Gecko

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The exact number of leopard gecko to be housed together will depend on the size of the aquarium and the territoriality of the individual leopard gecko. Fighting among leopard geckos is a common scenario knowing that leopard geckos are territorial by nature. This is basically the reason why you should be extra careful in housing two or more leopard geckos together. Generally, a 10 gallon aquarium can house 1 or 2 leopard geckos and a twenty gallon aquarium can house up to 4 leopard geckos, again, this will depend on how territorial your leopard gecko is.

You should not assume that bigger is always better. Housing your leopard gecko in an excessively large tank could make it difficult for them to find their basking spots and hide boxes. Don't get me wrong on this. Larger cages are still generally better as compared to smaller ones, and will still be able to create a better temperature gradient. But exaggerating it is another thing. Leopard geckos can be housed alone or with another leopard gecko. Leopard geckos kept alone will not cause any distress to your pet. On the other hand, housing them as a group can be a problem if they are housed in wrong combination. Remember that in housing more than one leopard gecko together, you must take their gender into consideration.

Male leopard geckos may be housed with female leopard geckos, but remember that these lizards breed readily. In housing together a male and female leopard gecko reproduction must be your primary goal. Because if you are not yet ready to breed your leopard geckos, housing a male and female together may give you a problem specially during the egg laying time. However, if you are planning to allow your leopard geckos to breed freely, you should house a single male together with more than three females. This will prevent too much stress and exhaustion on the females. But remember to breed only if you are ready with the added responsibilities. Breeding geckos will need greater nutrition supplementation as compared to non breeding ones.

Sometimes, in a group cage, competition for the food is more likely to happen. Thus there's a great chance that one gecko will grow larger and more quickly as compared to the others. If this is the case, the smaller cage mates will be undernourished. To prevent this, separate the largest animal and observe if the situation will improve.
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Michael Corben aims to help people who wish to learn more about Leopard Geckos and how to provide the best care. If youd like to learn more on leopard gecko information, visit http://www.mygeckosecrets.com

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This article was published on 2010/11/24