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    for the last few weeks ive been looking into a leopard gecko and iv read on some sites that you need a 20 gallon tank and some say 10, i figured that a 15 would be ok but i wasnt too sure if this is too small for an adult. the space i can fit a tank is only 70x30x40cm and i was just wondering if this space is ok and if anyone knew of a tank suitable for them that would fit into this space that would be great.
    also i got a little confused over the feeding, can you feed them mealworms, if so how many per day??
    thanks for reading and i would be really gratful for any extra info/tips
    thanks

  • #2
    I'd say that 15 gallons should be the bare minimum. I have 3. One is a super giant male that is housed alone in a 30 gal custom built tank. The other two (normal sized male and female pair) are housed together in a 20 gal tub awaiting their new home: another 30 gal custom tank.
    I'd always say that with Leopard's bigger is better. They are terrestrial and really utilize the floor space. In my super giant's case, he even climbs up the walls (even though he is blind in one eye).
    On the topic of feeding, crickets really are the best staple diet for Leopards. I like to give variety though. I feed crickets, mealworms, and superworms (gutloaded and dusted of course).
    However you may find yourself with one issue. Leopards tend to get picky with food. My two that are housed together will luckily chase anything that even remotely resembles food. My big guy on the other hand is extremely picky. When he was little he would go for crickets but as he got older he would only eat mealworms or supers. Now however, because he is half blind and can't find food on his own, I have to hand feed him a mealworm/superworm guts/calcium goo... He patiently waits while I drop it onto his lips and happily laps it up. Then promptly takes a very large poo.
    Good luck with your little one when you get him. These guys are great geckos!
    Kelly @ Tree Devil Geckos
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    • #3
      Floor space is the most important. According to my math, 70cm x 30cm equals 27.8in x 11.8in. Length wise is good but I think width might be a problem since standard tanks are 12 inches wide. 15 gallon is fine for one leo but bring a tape measure with you when you're shopping for a tank. When placing a glass tank on a table, all four corners must be on that table evenly. If the corners are hanging off the edge, it'll stress the glass over time and it might crack.
      Crested Gecko 1.0 (His name is Frogner!)
      Leopard Gecko 1.0 (His name is Vastervik!)

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      • #4
        Ok thanks. When you say custom built do you mean actually making the tank itself? If it does , how? It would be something interesting to work on.thanks for straightening things out for me

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        • #5
          When I say custom tank, I mean that I have two 30 gal longs that I've built a custom background for. Kind of like what you would see in a zoo's enclosure for a reptile.
          It was a ton of fun and you should give it a go! It's just a time consuming project.
          Kelly @ Tree Devil Geckos
          Producing Awesome Leachianus geckos and Gargoyle geckos since 2017
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          • #6
            I think a 10 or a 15 are fine as far as room for the gecko but I just feel that a 20 gallon long tank really gives you better space to make a proper thermal gradient. It's really hard to make the proper temperature differences from the hot side to the cool side in only a 10 gallon tank.

            Just my two cents
            "I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message."-Steve Irwin​

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            • #7
              that sounds quite good, id imagine it probably works better for arboreals though, my crested loves hiding between the polystyrene background and his plants. are locusts any good as a replacement for crickets? they seem much more docile, i cant seem to get crickets from the pet shop tubs into the tank without too many jumping into the dust bag or escaping, mealworms just sounded less noise, smell and effort.

              so do the geckos have plenty of room in a 15 gallon and the heat is a problem or do they prefer the size, if the vivarium was wooden i think i could probably leave an overhang of 2-3 inches. thanks for the help by the way.

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              • #8
                I'm sure they would utilize the space of a bigger tank but size wise no I don't feel they need anything bigger than a 10 or 15 gallon tank. Mine were never very active in comparison to my cresteds. But I really recommend a twenty for a better head gradient.

                Use paper towel tubes to get your crickets in the tank, you shouldn't have problems with them excaping. I'm not sure if locusts are an appropriate replacement or not, but I don't recommend taking anything from the outdoors because you have no idea where those insects have been(pesticides and whatnot).
                "I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message."-Steve Irwin​

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                • #9
                  I love this vid. The sound effects of the crickets screaming, the leo roaring etc.

                  http://youtu.be/8ae27AcHvw4

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                  • #10
                    i saw this vid last night so funny, cant help feeling bad for the cricks that got chomped though. thanks for the help everyone i know what sort of space im looking for now

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