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    If some of you saw my join post awhile back then you would know I have my leopard gecko named Pandora and she is around 2 years old. What my question about housing leopard geckos together was how would all of that work? Iíve been thinking of getting another leopard gecko to share a tank with Pandora but I guess I have some questions before I decide. Such as do I have to make sure I get a specific gender? Can I not get a male to be with Pandora who is female? Or do I have to get a female? No matter what I get will they try to fight Pandora? If I can get a male how do I make sure Pandora doesnít someday lay eggs and the male ferterlizes them? Or Or if I have to get a female to be with Pandora how do I make sure that Iím getting one gender or the other at the store (Probably PetSmart)? From prior experience from getting Pandora I know they arenít very good at telling the gender and claimed I couldnít tell Pandoraís gender until 2-3 years when actually it was only 6 months and she wasnít a newborn when I got her so I couldíve known as soon as I got her but I didnít because of what the Pet Store claimed. I just wanted to make sure I have my facts straight and I donít mess anything up if I do decide to get Pandora a tank mate. Also, would I have to double the food if I have two Leoís in one tank? Also how would I make sure one Leo isnít eating all of the other Leoís food and they both get proper care and one Leo isnít taking some of the other Leoís things?

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    Here are some suggestions:
    1. If Pandora is a female, get another female so you won't end up with eggs.
    2. You will need to either get a gecko the same size (generally speaking) as Pandora, or get a juvenile and wait until it gets to adult size before putting them together (if you get a juvenile you'll be able to tell when it matures if it's a male or a female and if it's a male you'd need to keep them separate)
    3. Whatever you get, you'll need to quarantine it for at least a month, preferably longer, in its own enclosure
    4. Once you have the appropriate gender, adult sized gecko, and you've quarantined, wash the cage "furniture" and rearrange a bit. Then put the geckos together. Watch them to be sure there is no overt aggression. Some slow tail waving is OK. You'll have to monitor them for awhile to insure that no one is losing weight and that both seem to be eating.

    Some people feel that to be safest, all leopard geckos should be kept individually. I have been very successful with keeping geckos in small groups and you just have to keep an eye on the situation. Even with my geckos, occasionally I see signs (scratches, geckos sitting on each other all the time) that there needs to be a temporary or permanent separation.

    Aliza

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