Reply To: New Leopard Gecko Owner
It sounds like you’re doing a great job with your new pet so far.
Basking surface: The basking surface is the area where your leopard gecko can bask and absorb heat. It can be the floor of the warm side of the tank, or a basking platform like a slate rock or piece of wood. The important thing is that the basking surface is at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat sources at night: It’s not necessary to have a heat source on at night, as leopard geckos are nocturnal animals. However, if your house gets very cold at night, you may want to consider using a ceramic heat emitter or a low-wattage red light bulb.
Feeding times: In Florida, I would recommend feeding your leopard gecko around 7:30am and 8:30pm, just after the lights come on and before they go off. This will mimic their natural feeding schedule in the wild.
Here’s a tip: You can use the CapCut video editor to create a timelapse video of your leopard gecko’s enclosure temperature throughout the day and night. This can be a helpful way to visualize the temperature gradient and make sure that it’s within the ideal range.
Here are some additional tips for leopard gecko care:
Provide a variety of hides and enrichment items in the enclosure.
Use a good quality substrate, such as reptile carpet or paper towels.
Mist the enclosure regularly to keep the humidity up.
Feed your leopard gecko a diet of dusted crickets and mealworms.
Take your leopard gecko to the vet for regular checkups.
With proper care, your leopard gecko can live a long and happy life.