Leopard Gecko Tank Setup Step-By-Step Process

Leopard Gecko TankOne of the first steps in pet gecko care is setting up the leopard gecko tank. For owners who’ve never done this before, it’s important to understand the different steps involved so they can create a wonderful home for their lizard.

Step One: Choose the tank

Glass tanks with enclosure lids are the best choice for housing your leopard geckos. You’ll need at least a 10 gallon tank if you are going to house a single adult gecko. Larger tanks are even better. The lid is important because geckos do like to climb. Make sure you have enough room for a tank of this size before you purchase a leopard gecko for sale.

Step Two: Add the substrate

Choose play sand (the type used in children’s sand boxes) but make sure the pieces are less than 0.5 millimeters in diameter. Geckos that are less than 5 inches in length should not be kept in sand inside the leopard gecko tank, instead they should be kept on paper towels. When you are feeding geckos, they tend to eat the sand along with the crickets and this can be dangerous if the sand is not fine enough.

Step Three: Heat the tank

You will need to purchase a heater for under the tank. You’ll want to place the pad at one end of the tank so the temperature will vary throughout the tank. Make sure you check the temperature which should be no higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit at the end with the heating unit. You don’t need basking rocks or lamps to heat your tank.

Step Four: Add shelter

When keeping geckos as pets make sure to provide plenty of shelters in the leopard gecko tank. You can purchase shelters in pet stores, but you can also make your own. Empty paper towel rolls, cut down cereal boxes, and cleaned cottage cheese containers can be used as shelters. Place at least one on each end of the tank so your gecko can relax at different temperatures in the tank.

Step Five: Create a moist shelter

Take a container and add some peat moss or mulch to it for bedding. Keep the bedding moist at all times and make sure the shelter is enclosed except for a small area which allows the gecko to enter. If you are breeding geckos, you will need this enclose for egg laying. Even if you aren’t breeding, geckos like this environment when they are shedding their skin.

Now that you understand how to set up a leopard gecko tank you can get started on creating a great home for your new lizard.