Leopard Geckos

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What's the minimum housing size for 2 female leopard geckos. Also, how do you clean the aquarium they're in?
 

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I'd say a 20 gallon, minimum, the bigger the better. I had a Leucistic Leopard gecko, but shes been sold. She used to be in the 35 gal I have my fishies in! Get a small strainer and "strain" the poop out of the sand (if thats the substrate you are using, I recommend it). It works good, when the sand starts smelling its time to throw it away and get new sand.
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Well, a book I read said 1 male and a female wll do fine in a 10 gallon aquarium, but never mind. I heard that sand isn't good for the leopard geckos since they can actually swallow them since they get big.
 

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It is generally argued upon wether or not sand is OK. I had used it for 2 years with my LG, with no problems (since it was a baby). Its also easy clean up and the gecko really likes to dig in it. 10 gallons is much too small IMO.
 
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How big do they get?
 

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Around 8 inches. Some bigger, some smaller. My Female got to 7 inches.

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What are the supplies you should get? I did a little research on it but I may have missed a couple. :-\
 

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My friend has a leapord gecko and he keeps it in a 30 gallon tank, he has one of those heat rocks, cave, water dish, and another rock. He trained it to poop in the corner of the tank and he just scoops it up with a dixie cup. I think he has some sort of small grain sand and she's fine. I've taken care of her a couple times and it makes it easy to take care of her. He also has a heat lamp and a light lamp and a humidity monitor in the tank. I think that's all that he has, if that helps at all.
 
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Thanks.
 

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Here are basic supplies.
Sand/substrate.
Heating pad (human grade is fine), set to medium in winter, low in summer,
Heat lamp, for bulb I recommend Zoo Meds Daylight blue, run it 10-12 hrs a day.
Humidity/Temp gauge-Temp around 80, humidity 40-60% or more if its shedding
Plant to climb.
A couple hideaways.
Water dish.
I personally DON'T recommend heat rocks, they can malfunction and your leopard wont know and get horribly burnt.
Heres a bit of feeding info,
FEEDING: I fed mine large size crickets and my leopard gecko was about 5-6 in. I reccommend starting them off on 2 week old crickets and when it turns about 4 inches feed them adult crickets. You can continue to feed them small crickets if you want to. Don't be afraid they will choke because they really don't. But at 4 inches I would feed them 1/2" crickets not 1" or 3/4" either. At 5 inches you can feed them any size crickets. SELECTION: Selecting your pet is very easy. Look for big, fat tails atleast 3/4 of neck width. You can (if you prefer) ask the pet store owner if they will throw a live cricket in and see which goes after it the fastest is the one you want.

Heres a pic of my leucistic leopard
 
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Ok, thanks. How much did all of the equipments you listed cost altogether?
 

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around $50-$60. Crickets are a running cost of $2.40/week. A LOT of crickets die no matter how good of a set up you have for them.
 
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Have crickets escaped before?
 

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They certainly have! They are good at escaping.
 
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Oh man, that means some are going to escape. My mom hates bugs. :
 
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I have one last question, would it be all right to let thme out of the cage and let it run around a little in the room as long as the room is "lizard proofed?"
 

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Make sure it cannot get under the door and make sure that you are right there with it. They can be fast at times though they don't look it.

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Ok, I just hope they won't start using my carpet as a toilet.
 

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how much money did you spend on the leopard geckos.and where did you buy it.
 
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I didn't buy them yet, but I will soon. They cost about $25 @ the pet stores.
 
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