Leopard geckos are one of the best reptile pets as they are easy to care for, very tame, do not need a large cage, easy to breed, and available in a stunning variety of color morphs. However, they do need their share of proper care and attention.
It is important to know how to properly take care of a leopard gecko before buying one. You need to read all about the leopard gecko care instructions, and if you feel that you won’t be able to take care of your pet then don’t buy it.
How to Buy a Leopard Gecko:
Once you have decided to buy a leopard gecko, it is important to take into consideration a few things.
- Breeder reptiles – if you decide on purchasing a leopard gecko from breeders, it is a good idea because they take better care of their reptiles and any symptom of health problem that may have a bit chance of being hereditary, is removed from the breeding groups.
- Retail reptiles – if you purchase a leopard gecko from a retail reptile, you do not know whether or not the parents were in good health and not apt to genetic disorders.
When buying a leopard gecko from a pet store, consider the following things:
- Their present husbandry may not be right
- Unidentified genetic history
- Overall unidentified history
It is up to you to decide where to buy a leopard gecko because not all pet store reptiles are unhealthy and housed improperly. You can also consider a local reptile show, where you can find more variety on cheaper prices.
Signs of a Healthy Leopard Gecko:
Generally, a healthy leopard gecko exhibits the following traits:
- Well-developed body
- Bright and watchful eyes
- Clean nostrils (free of discharge)
- Thick and round tail
- Intact toes and claws
- Closed and clean mouth
- Alert and active behavior
Signs of an Unhealthy Leopard Gecko:
Generally, an unhealthy leopard gecko exhibits the following traits:
- Sticking out hip bones is the sign of underfeeding.
- Sunken eyes indicate a dehydrated or sick animal.
- Discharge and bubbles around the nostrils indicate respiratory infection.
- Flat and thin tail is the sign of improper feeding.
- Gaps when trying to hold mouth closed indicate vitamin or mineral deficiency.
- Missing toes indicate shedding concerns mostly because of improper husbandry.
- Sluggish behavior is the sign of parasites.