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leapard gecko care?

Discussion in 'Terrariums, Paludariums and Vivariums' started by homedog98, Jan 2, 2012.

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    hey, i've been toying with the idea of finding something scaley to put in my empty ten gallon, and after some looking, am thinking a single leapard gecko would be a good fit. i've read that a ten gallon for one is fine, if i take advantage of vertical space, but i'm still a little bit confused on feeding, lighting, and substrate.
    1. what do i need for lighting?
    2. can i use sand, or will i need to find something else?
    3. what do i need to be feeding and how often?
    i know mealworms are a must, but i'm confused about wether crickets or anything else is going to be needed.
    4. how do i prepare food like mealworms and crickets?
    5. if i am to feed crickets... what should i keep the crickets in?
    6. this is sort of a silly question... but is it safe for me to hold it every once in a while, or will i injure it?
    sorry for all the questions... never dealt with reptiles before.
    thanks in advance!
    :)
     
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    you'll also need to keep a bowl of just calcium in there enclosure
     
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    allaboutfish most things but i figure i should add my 2 cents as i would do things a little different

    one other things as fish said keep calcium in the tank at all times but make sure it is calcium without D3
     
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    o and be warned thay live for 20 plus years so if you want a sligly older gecko just let me know i have a few rescues that could use a good home, you would just have to pay shipping :D
     
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    wow thanks! :) ok, so that answered a lot of my questions! i do have one more on feeding though... how often should i feed in general? like, every day, once every other day, once a week, that sort of thing. thanks for the offer! i have to get my parents to ok it first, but i'd love to when the time comes! oh yeah, and another substrate question... would pea gravel be ok? like fish substrate grain... thanks for the links AAF! i'll look into them.
     
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    Feeding will depend on how old the gecko is you are buying. You can feed babies every day, juveniles every other day and adults twice a week.

    No, gravel is NOT ok to use as a substrate. A gecko can accidentally ingest gravel while feeding and that can cause an impaction which usually equals death to the gecko. Since this is your first gecko I would recommend sticking with slate or ceramic tiles.
     
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    also, one more question... can i use the can o crickets or would i be better off using live? i'm guessing freezedried would have the same bloating effect like it does on fish, but i'm not sure. i personally am fine with the live... but it's what my mom is fine with lol.
     
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    yikes... no gravel for me then. :) glad i asked.
     
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    No, you can not use those "Can O Crickets". Those are junk and I don't even know why they honestly sell them other than to confuse new herp owners. Geckos need live prey. They will starve to death before they will eat dead crickets out of a dish. If you find that feeding live insects is a problem then check out Crested Geckos. They can live on a prepared diet and lots of people don't feed them live food at all.
     

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