Are you interested in bringing a leopard gecko into your home?
Do you want to make sure you are properly caring for your leopard gecko?
When you are looking to provide the best care possible for your new pet, one of your first questions might be:
What size tank does a leopard gecko need?
The tank for one leopard gecko should be at least 10 gallons. The enclosure size increases by five gallons per gecko, but two or three geckos will do well together, with no more than one male.
Giving any pet the proper environment is one of the most important parts of practicing good animal husbandry.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about the size of a leopard gecko tank.
What Size Tank Does A Leopard Gecko Need
Bringing a new pet into your home means doing your research.
One of the most important aspects of taking care of your new leopard gecko is providing them with just the right size terrarium.
If you are starting with one leopard gecko, you will need to purchase at least a 10-gallon size terrarium.
This is the absolute minimum size you will need to have for your leopard gecko.
The size can be larger for one gecko, and some recommend starting with a 20-gallon tank.
A larger area will provide more space for the gecko to explore and have enriched lives.
If you have more than one leopard gecko, you could house them together, but the size of the tank will need to increase by five gallons per gecko.
The tank you choose can be used for the leopard gecko’s entire lifespan, from hatchling to adulthood.
This means you don’t have to go out and buy multiple tanks or move your pet as they grow.
What Type Of Enclosure Will Be Best?
The type of enclosure you use to house your leopard gecko is just as important as the size.
When you are looking at tanks, it is best to select a glass aquarium or terrarium.
Glass tanks look great and can help with the creation of a temperature gradient.
Glass tanks aren’t the only option, but they are easy to find and set up, especially for first-time reptile owners who are still learning.
Wire cages should never be used for housing leopard geckos, as the animal runs the risk of getting hurt in the wires or escaping.
Leopard geckos are not known for being able to climb up glass very well, so the possibility of escape is lessened by using a glass aquarium.
Can Leopard Geckos Be Housed Together?
If you have decided you love having one leopard gecko, you might think two would be even better.
This could make you wonder if you will need to have multiple tanks, or if two leopard geckos would make good roommates.
You can house multiple leopard geckos together in one tank, but we do not recommend more than three in one tank.
Leopard geckos do well alone or with one or two friends, but more than three makes it hard to give the animals their own space to retreat to when they are feeling stressed or threatened.
Some researchers claim having multiple geckos housed in one terrarium offers a kind of enrichment and sparks extra activity.
These experts claim the leopard geckos are more social and are much more active.
In the wild, leopard geckos do live in colonies and will often share hiding or resting areas with other members of their species.
When the animals are active and looking for food, they are less social, instead scattering not to have to compete for food.
Having more than one leopard gecko in the enclosure means the size of the tank will need to increase by five gallons per additional animal.
So if you started with a 10-gallon tank for one gecko, you would need to purchase at least a 15-gallon tank when you introduce another.
It is also important to remember not to have more than one male per tank if you are housing multiples.
Male leopard geckos are going to be territorial and tend to fight with other males if they are too close.
Housing multiple leopard geckos are not impossible, but you will also need to consider the possible side effects.
If the animals are not getting along, there could be fighting, bites, and even broken bones.
While this is very common in male geckos groups, it can happen with females at times, so be sure you are keeping a watchful eye on them to make sure cohabiting is going well.
Not all leopard geckos are going to get along, so it is a good idea to be prepared to separate them into individual tanks quickly if they begin to fight.
Also, unless you want to have leopard gecko babies, males and females of the species probably shouldn’t be kept together.
Setting Up The Terrarium
Once you have selected the proper size tank for your leopard gecko, you need to add a few more things to make sure the animal is getting the best care.
Add terrarium decor like large rocks or branches to use as hiding spots and for some general exercise.
The tanks’ temperature should be about 75° to 85° degrees Fahrenheit (24° – 29° C) during the daytime and 10° degrees Fahrenheit cooler at night.
This temperature should be mostly dry, but an area with some moisture is excellent for a leopard gecko.
Do this by adding damp peat moss to one of their hiding areas.
You will also want to add some bedding to the enclosure using reptile sand, a reptile sand mat, or even paper towels.
Leopard geckos should start in at least a 10-gallon tank, and if you do not add any additional geckos to the container, you should be able to use this for their home for their entire lives.
These animals need to have some space to explore and hide when they are feeling the need to.
Giving your leopard gecko the right size tank will put you on the path to giving your pet a long and happy life.
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