Crested and leopard geckos are species of lizard that have for a long time been kept as pets. Many people prefer them because they are readily available, their food can easily be found in the pet stores and all the relevant information that one needs about them can easily be found. The habitat that these lizards live should be made as good as possible and similar to the natural environment. This should be done to ensure that they are not stressed and that they are always healthy and comfortable. This article gives an insight into a leopard and crested gecko habitat
These animals like climbing on walls and surfaces which means that you should provide a cage that allows them to climb easily. They are easy to keep in simple conditions. A hatchling can be housed in an aquarium. Research indicates that the eating habits of juvenile crested and leopard geckos are changed and they do not eat comfortably. This in return can result in health problems. When they reach 4 months, you can keep them in an aquarium of at least 20 gallons. If you have three of them, they can comfortably fit in an aquarium of 29 gallons.
However, you should not keep only males in the cage. Having one male and 2 females in the cage is okay. They use their tails to manoeuvre around branches when they climb the tree branches in the wild. This means that they like climbing which makes it necessary to have enough vertical space rather than the horizontal one. Habitats that have more vertical space may be more expensive than tanks. However, if it contributes to the wellbeing and the health of the animal, it is quite relevant and worth the investment.
Having a cage is not just enough. You should start investing to achieve a perfect habitat for your pets. The next thing that you should look for is the substrate. The nature of the substrate that you provide to your animal matters a lot. This is because they tend to ingest bits of the substrate during their feeding. Ingesting non-digestible materials might be detrimental to the general health of the animal.
Avoid wood chips and sand as well as other loose substrates. A paper towel is a good substrate for these animals. If a paper towel is accidentally ingested, it does not cause health risks to the animal. A substrate such as coconut fibre, zoo med eco earth, or even slate tiles can be used. These help to maintain the moisture within the cage and at the same time resists odour, mildew and moulds.
To make sure that these animals remain comfortable in their habitat, providing vertical climbing features is very necessary. Features such as vines, bamboo, cork bark driftwood and other types of branches can contribute so much to the health and comfort of the animal. Ensuring that these branches are set at different heights makes your leopard and crested gecko pleased.
Furthermore, adding live plants, plastics and silk varieties makes it possible for them to find a place where they can play and hide. You can have a small water dish at the bottom although they mostly prefer drinking water that drips from the leaves. It means that you will have to provide them with a dripping, rain or mystified system. Using artificial plants is advised because the natural plants and flowers may be spoilt during the sanitization process.
Temperature, Humidity and Light
These types of gecko survive in humidity level that rise above that of the terrestrial gecko. You should mist the enclosure daily and at least twice in the semi-arid areas. Make sure humidity does not go below 50% in order to stimulate their natural tropical habitat. Humidity should also be higher during the day to allow the process of shedding.
Temperatures are best when maintained at 70 to 80 degrees F. they can also survive a night time drop in temperature to about 60 degrees F. moreover, they require a 12 to 14 hours photoperiod during the day. If they do not have access to natural light, you should look for artificial sources of light. Use of UVB bulbs is advised to allow vitamin D synthesis hence leading to absorption of calcium.
Leopard and crested geckos are very attractive and nice pets to have. You should be extra careful when taking care of them to keep them healthy and comfortable. This should be done by providing a good substrate that does not affect their health negatively, habitat branches, an enclosure with enough vertical height and the right temperatures, humidity and light. Through this, you can be able to keep your leopard and crested gecko comfy.