If you want to keep your leopard gecko pets happy and healthy you need to make sure to keep their home as close to their natural habitat as possible. To help you with this, think of their natural habitat in the wilds. Leopard geckos are commonly seen in the deserts of India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. But this does not mean that the leopard gecko terrarium must always have sand. To help you with this, do a research about your pet and learn how leopard geckos react exactly to its environment for you to be able to identify the things that you need to put in your gecko’s home.
Common notion when we talk about a desert is that it is filled with sand. Correcting this notion is very hard. Not all people know that only about 20% of the deserts all around the world are covered with sand. Majority of the deserts are characterized by rocks and grasses. In general, desert means dry but it does not follow that it is covered with sand. The deserts where leopard geckos are found are not filled with sand. Rather leopard geckos live in a grassy and rock filled environment.
To help those who are serious in keeping the new home of their geckos as close to their natural habitat as possible, here are two options that you can consider:
Use slate tile. Using a slate tile in the bottom of your leopard gecko does not only look good but it is very easy to clean as well. It also does imitate the rocky habitat of geckos in the wild. To create a more colorful and interesting environment, you can buy a selection of small tiles of different patterns and color. You can mix and match them to add more color and life to your gecko’s environment.
If you have an abundant time and a great desire to provide your pet gecko with the most natural home then you can opt for a “five star habitat” home. This option can truly replicate your leopard gecko’s habitat in the wild. You can use a large tank which can contain 40 gallons ideally for one gecko. The size is very important because a more natural environment for leopard geckos means more of the floor space is covered so their will be less space for your gecko to run around. Create a mixture of potting soil, peat moss, and play sand in equal parts; put the mixture in the bottom of the tank to serve as drainage for the plants. Add up some plants that are safe for leopard geckos. Put in a layer of sand and soil mixture. Add up some rocks and logs to create closest to nature home effect. As final touches, fill in the gaps with more play sand.
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