This post is about cohabbing reptiles, specifically leopard geckos. I share my opinion, but also facts on this topic. If you want to discuss this topic with me or anyone else, please do so in a respectful way.
I would like another gecko, but I don’t have enough space for another tank right now, so I wont get another gecko. It’s really that simple.
I’ll wait until I have the space to give this little gecko an enclosure of his own and the life he deserves, instead of putting him with Arlow.
There are few reptiles that live together in groups. Most reptiles like leopard geckos, bearded dragons, chameleons, (most) snakes… are solitary animals. This means that they live alone in the wild, and they should be kept alone in an enclosure.
Your leopard gecko doesn’t need a ‘friend’. They are not feeling lonely. It’s not sad to keep them alone. Putting another leopard gecko in the enclosure will cause stress, dominance and possibly aggression between your geckos.
The pictures you see of leopard geckos ‘cuddling’ are not cute. They are not showing affection, they are showing dominance. The mistake people make is thinking it’s cute and okay because leopard geckos look like they’re smiling all the time, so they must be happy. Please don’t make this mistake. They are not smiling.
Two males will fight and injure each other, which will most likely end in death. A baby leopard gecko will be eaten or hurt by a big leopard gecko. And there will be dominance between two females in the same enclosure. When you put two or more female leopard geckos in one enclosure, there will be a constant competition for food, water, hides, warmth…
Some people do succesfully house two females together for some time. But there is ALWAYS a a chance that one day they decide that they don’t like living with each other any more. This will result in fighting and injury. Why would you risk that?
There is a youtuber who wanted to house two females together until she saw a video from leopardgeckotalk explaining this issue. She immediately decided to seperate them because she didn’t want to risk it. I respect that so much. I respect people who want to learn and grow in their animal care.
Another thing to think about is disease. If one of your reptiles is sick (without you knowing it), it will cause serious issues when you put that reptile in the same enclosure as a healthy reptile.
For the most part, you should house your reptiles individually. Do extensive research on the reptile your getting and make smart choices for your pet.
My advice: don’t do it. Don’t house two or more leopard geckos together. If you don’t have the resources to have 2 tanks, don’t get two retpiles. It’s really that simple. Your first priority should always be the wellfare of the animal, not what you want or think is cute.
If you liked this post, you might want to read some of my other blog post. ↓
- Making a gecko digging box
- How I got my leopard gecko excited about food again
- How to prepare for a vet visit
- My gecko needed to go to the vet
- How to pick up and handle a leopard gecko
Don’t hesitate to ask me questions if you have them. You can message me here or on my instagram.