Leucistic Leopard Gecko

Eublepharis macularius

Leucistic Leopard Gecko

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Description

Pattern-less leopard geckos.

- Comes out through a simple recessive trait

- Nocturnal, terrestrial

- Very easy to care

Leucistic Leopard Gecko is a morph which is the expression of a simple recessive trait. The babies of them have a distinctive spotted appearance around head and shoulder area. But the adults do not have patterns over their bodies. Their body color can range from gray to green. Some individuals have orange coloration at the foot of their tail.

Leucistic Leopard Geckos are captive-bred from the leopard geckos collected from India and Pakistan. At birth they are about 3 - 4 inches long while an adult is about 8 inches in length. As they mature, they have dark eyes. During the daytime, they hide in places having cooler and moist climate. At night they become active.

A 10 – 20 gallon aquarium is ample for a pair of Leucistic Leopard Geckos. They can’t climb smooth surfaces. They have the habit of eating the substrate. So an edible substrate like repti-carpet or alfalfa pellets is chosen. More than 50% humidity should be maintained in their habitat. A temperature gradient is provided in their tank by introduction of a heat source. At one end of the tank the temperature should be 92°F while at the other end it should be 78°F. If you provide sufficient hiding areas at all parts of the tank, the geckos can hide there and experience security at any temperature. The tank temperature shouldn’t go below 75°F.

Leucistic Leopard Geckos can be fed with crickets, wax worms, mealworms etc. The babies should be fed daily while the adults should be fed 3 – 4 times in a week. The feeder insects should be smaller than half the length of the gecko’s head. The feeder insects should be dusted with 50/50 blend of vitamin and calcium supplements. Adults can be supplied a pinkie mouse occasionally. Clean, fresh, filtered water should be provided to the geckos in a shallow bowl.

Leucistic Leopard Geckos
and their cage should be misted daily. They shed their skin regularly. A shed box with damp sphagnum moss is kept inside the tank which ensures the humidity for proper shedding. Being nocturnal, they don’t need any UVB lighting.

Male geckos are bigger than females. They can be kept in groups. Since the male will fight, it is advisable to keep one male per tank. In every 3 – 4 weeks females lay eggs in pair. In a season a female can produce an average of 8 – 12 eggs. Depending upon the temperature, incubation period may range from 45 to 65 days. It is a very interesting fact that the sex of the hatchling depends upon the temperature. Males are produced above 89°F. Females are produced under 83°F.

Leucistic Leopard Geckos should be handled gently. Otherwise its tail may break off. Although the tail is regenerated, it will not show originality. If cared properly, they can live for about 20 years. The entire tank should be cleaned once a week and the leftover food and feces should be spot cleaned. Wash your hands before and after handling your geckos to prevent the spread of diseases. Because of their attractive appearance, ease of care and good temperament Leucistic Leopard Geckos are excellent pets.

 

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