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Help please...My son wants a lizard

Discussion in 'Creepy Corner' started by kiaransimba, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Pitlove

    Pitlove Big Dog

    I had a leopard Gecko that lived to be almost 16yrs. old he was a super easy pet. I could go away for2-3 days at a time and as long as he had water, crickets in his cage and a heat rock he was fine.
    Iwouldnt say he liked to be handled but if I handled him often enough he would get used to it and he would just sit on me while I was watching tv or whatever. If I went a long period of time without handling him he would be a little more sketchy. He did bite me a couple times but it more scared me then hurt.
  2. GotPepsi

    GotPepsi Little Dog

    yeah, those little leopard geckos are pretty neat.

    What do gecko's eat?
    Crickets, meal worms, silkworms, and lobster roaches are all good staple diets. For adults, you can also use super worms, which are like meal worms, but with a softer exo skeleton (easier for the Leo to digest.) Also when feeding prey, make sure it’s about 3/4s or ½ the size of the Leos head. Offer food every day for babies, as much as they can eat in a 15min period, and offer food every 3-4 days for adults.

    Can you have more than one in a tank?
    Sure, but I wouldn’t recommend it, and if you do, make sure they are the same size so the bigger one won’t eat the smaller one.

    Supplements for strong bones and teeth

    Dust the crickets, silkworms, roaches, ect with a plain, no phosphorus calcium powder every day when they are babies, and adults every other feeding.

    Do they smell?
    No, but keep the tank clean. I think paper towels are the best substrate, easy to clean, and cheap too. Also try to keep away from that calcium sand stuff you see at the pet stores, and any other particle base substrate. They come from the rocky deserts of Pakistan.

    How warm/cold do you have to keep them?

    Use an UTH for heat, I think it’s the easiest and attach it to a dimmer to control the temp, or wrap it in foil if it gets too hot. The temp on the hot side of the tank should be 85-90 degrees, and the cold side should be 75-80. I think using a decent size rubber made is the cheapest way to go, they can also live in a ten gallon tank for their whole life.

    And what is the friendliest one to get?

    I don’t know. There are a lot but a think a leopard gecko is the best starter lizard there are also crested geckos, house geckos, knob tail geckos, mourning geckos, tokay geckos, GEICO which is a day gecko. Leos are by far the easiest.

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