I have recently saved 'Ernie' from a friend of mine, who is guilty of passing interests.
A 6 month old leopard gecko, who has only just begun to enjoy life. My friend has also informed me of the following requirements of this animal:
Temperature: No intervention necessary, this is one of the few lizards that simply lives by room temperature.
Feeding: Buy some crickets, throw in tank. When he is rummaging around for food, buy more.
Cleaning: When the tank is dirty, clean it
Housing: Currently included was a 10 gallon tank, with reptile mat on the bottom. Has a single hide right now.
I started looking around, and these are some of the biggest hits on Google:
I have made the following changes:
Temperature: Under tank heater is a must, but I still need to get one. I have a under cabinet light under one side of the tank. These guys need temperature gradiants, and the one I am creating is fairly harsh <95* right on top of the light to 60* on the other end>, but I think that is better then nothing for the moment. My apartment, during the winter, does not see the north side of 60* in winter time very regularly, rarely above 65*, and has yet to be heated beyond 70* in the winter. The recommended room temp is 73* or above as mentioned in one article, but that will simply not be happening. I think with enough tank heating, it should be fine.
Feeding: Looks like I get to feed him almost daily. Crickets, etc, the usual. Should be fun! Dusting is a must! Probably going to get a second tank for either the crickets, or the gecko, not sure yet.
Sand: I live in the desert, and have a lot of the stuff. There are conflicting views on using this. Mainly that the babies like to eat it. I get the impression that as long as it has enough calcium I don't believe it to be an issue. Please correct me if I am wrong. The finer particles the better.
Housing: I have a shelf of about 2'x5'. Debating, plastic bin, or bigger tank, or multiple levels on the current tank. I hope to see the setups of any others that might care for these guys for ideas. I want the area to be a complement to the animal.
What do you guys think, what have I got to learn? I would prefer to keep the focus of this discussion with those who are experienced in this subject, and not the Google bums that float around. Even I can surf Google.