If you are deciding on whether to buy a leopard gecko or not, you might be wondering about the pros and cons of leopard geckos as pets. Below is a little information on their general care.
Being a leopard gecko owner myself, I can say that they make great pets. They are one of the easiest lizards to care for as a pet.
Pros of Leopard Geckos
- Long life span of 7 – 10 years. Some even reach 15 years.
- Stays fairly small, under a foot in length (normally between 8 to 10 inches).
- Enclosure does not take up much room in a home.
- Does not need any expensive lighting like most diurnal reptiles.
- Does not smell if enclosure is cleaned monthly.
- Does not require much maintenance.
- Tolerable towards being handled.
- Very rarely ever bites.
Cons of Leopard Geckos
- Like most reptiles, it will cost a good deal of money to set up a terrarium for your leopard gecko in the beginning.
- They are nocturnal, so they wont be very active during the day.
- In some places, climate can be issue, so you might need some sort of heat source (heat lamp or under tank heater).
- Their diet consists of live insects.
- Live insects can sometimes be noisy and smelly.
- Live insects also need to be taken care of.
- Live food can sometimes be pricey if not bought in bulk.
- Exotic veterinarians are harder to come by.
Leopard geckos are really easy to care for once you get use to the daily routine of feeding, replacing water in the water bowl, spot check droppings, dusting feeders with proper supplements, and etc… As you can see, it may seem overwhelming, but it’s not once you get use to daily care.
When I started out, it use to take me twenty minutes a day to do all the above stuff, but now it takes me less than five minutes. I am no longer scared of crickets and roaches (I admit I was), but now I grab them with ease. If crickets and roaches aren’t your thing and you know for a fact that you will never get use to them, then please avoid getting a leopard gecko. Leopard gecko’s need live food daily to survive. They base their whole diet off of live insects.
If you are interested in purchasing a leopard gecko, please review the leopard gecko care sheet to see if you can handle all the necessities that a leopard gecko needs to live a happy and healthy life.
Leopard Geckos as Pets Questions?
If you have any questions about what it’s like to own a leopard gecko or to care for one, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.