The Leopard Gecko as a Pet

Leopard geckos are probably the easiest of all lizards to keep as a pet. Having said that, they aren't necessarily to best lizard for handling and regular interaction.

If you are thinking of buying a gecko as a pet, you should understand that they are more of a 'display' lizard than some other species, but do tolerate occasional handling.

Leopard geckos almost never bite, and if they do, it is normally of no consequence. It's very important, as with any other animal, that you supervise children when handling a leopard gecko.

Leopard geckos are likely to be more relaxed and calm if they are handled for short periods, but may encounter stress if they are handled extensively over long periods. New born and baby geckos should not be handled until they are at least 5 inches long.

Do leopard geckos make good pets?

Yes, they make great pets. They are easy to care for and have a fun personality with fascinating characteristics. They are relatively low maintenance and are a doddle to feed and clear up after. Given regular and brief handling sessions they become very calm too.

Leopard geckos come in a wide variety of colour and patterns and so keeping one as a pet will be something of great beauty.

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