Leopard geckos are relatively easy to maintain, and a good choice for the beginner. Most leopard geckos are captive bred, and not taken from the wild. They have a long life span, however, so be sure you are willing to commit to the care of the animals for years to come. They do not resent handling as much as other reptiles, but it is necessary to hold them properly. Do not hold or restrain the gecko by the tail, as it could break off. If the tail is broken off, it will usually regenerate, but may not look the same.
Wild baby leopard gecko found in the mojave desert
Further your tank should be a glass tank. Aquariums are used very often and they are okay. However I like to use reptile tanks with doors, so that I do not have to grab my gecko from above when I want to get it out of it´s tank. In the wild eagles and hawks hunt Leopard geckos and grab them from above. It could mean unwanted stress for your gecko if you grab it from above.
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But why? Well, both “populations” (wild-types and colour-morphs) of leopard geckos have limited genetic diversity in captivity — their gene pool will never compare with those geckos living wild and free in nature. In addition, our husbandry methods allow weaker geckos to survive and reproduce, while nature always and only selects the most healthy ones.
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