Tips for new leopard gecko owners

I’ve had Arlow for 5 months now and I want to share a few tips for future/new leopard gecko owners.

  1. Don’t assume it’s going to be easy.
    Before I got my leopard gecko, I did TONS of research and I always read everywhere that leopard geckos are easy to take care of. Don’t let that fool you. Leopard geckos are better beginner reptiles, and easier than for example chameleons, but they are not easy animals and you need to know what you’re getting yourself into.
    Leopard geckos are a long time commitment, so please be prepared for that they can live up to 15-20 years.
  2. Weighing.
    Start weighing your leopard gecko from the start. This way, you’ll be able to monitor his health and growth.
  3. Stuck shed.
    Always check for stuck shed after your leopard gecko shed. They sometimes have a little trouble with shedding but it is immensly important that you help them get any stuck shed of their toes, tails, head… If you leave any on their toes, it can make the toes fall off.
  4. Humid hide.
    Make sure your geckos enclosure has a humid hide. It helps your gecko shed and mine even drinks there. Your gecko is more likely to have stuck shed when you don’t have a humid hide.
  5. Don’t think you’re doing everything wrong.
    When I first got Arlow and he refused to eat, I thought I was doing everything wrong, but I wasn’t! It’s easy to say, but try not to panic if something happens.
    Of course make sure you regularly check your care and keep learning.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
    You can never be too sure, so never be afraid to ask questions.
  7. Vet costs
    Save up for unexpected costs like a broken heat mat or vet bills before you’re getting your gecko. You never know what might happen and you need to be able to pay for care.
    I put a small amount of money in a jar each month so I’m prepared when something happens.
  8. Keep doing research.
    Keep researching, even when you have your leopard gecko. You always learn new thing.
    Please don’t just copy the care off one person. Read multiple blogs, watch multiple videos, talk to lots of different people… This way you can find out what the best care is for your gecko. If you want my list with the best care videos I found, click HERE.
  9. Taming.
    Don’t rush the taming process. Take it slow and get your gecko to trust you first.
    If you want to read about how I got my gecko to trust me, definitely read THIS post.

I hope you found this helpful and maybe learned something new.

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