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REPTILE / health & care

Your Leopard Gecko's Home

Create an inviting habitat for your easygoing lizard


Setting up a terrarium

House your single leopard gecko in a terrarium that’s at least 10 gallons. For every extra gecko, make the tank 5 gallons bigger. Two or three geckos do well together, but no more than one should be a male; males tend to spar over territory.

Ventilate your gecko's home — and prevent any lizard escapes — with a screened lid.

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Terrarium decor

These pets are big fans of hide-and-seek. Their terrarium should include two or three rocks or branches per lizard for use as hiding spots.

The terrarium should be mostly dry, but create a soothing area of moisture by adding some damp peat moss to one of the hiding places.


The daytime temperature of a leopard gecko habitat should be between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The nighttime temperature can be about 10 F lower. If you’re raising geckos in a cooler climate, you may need an under-tank heater. A thermometer at each end of the terrarium will help you monitor the temperature.

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While your leopard geckos are little (under 6 inches long), line the floor of their home with reptile carpet. Once they’re bigger, switch to a 2- or 3-inch layer of calcium sand. Remove droppings every week and change out their bedding once a month.

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