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    Hi I am considering getting Leopard Geckos and would like some advice.

    First what size terrarium would be good for a baby to adulthood?

    Do I need to feed live insects or can I feed just dried bugs.

    My house is 75 degrees what would be the best way for heating and lighting? What wattage would I need for the heating or can I just make do with a heating pad and a thermostat?

    The great debate. What substrate would be the best for the gecko?

    I will most likely have more questions but these are the questions that come to my head first.

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    I am pretty new as well, but I know basic stuff that I can help you with First, size of the terrarium. For my first baby leopard gecko, I got a 10 gallon, but I regret it. I think a 20 long is the best option and it works until adulthood too. Don't get anything bigger than a 40 gallon when they are older unless you have multiple hot and cold spots because leopard geckos tend to stray away from their warm spots and can get too cold feeding live insects is the best option, and if you can do it, you should because they are more nutritious and your gecko will be more likely to eat them. Go with a heating pad and a thermostat for heating. They are easier to upkeep and leopard geckos are underbelly heaters which means they change their heat based on how their underside feels. Substrate is tricky. Never use calcium sand or any fine, loose substrate that the gecko could ingest because that leads to impaction which is often deadly. I would recommend a loose coconut fiber such as Eco earth, earth-mix arid, reptile carpet (make sure it is good quality though, be careful!), tile, kitchen cabinet liner, vinyl, or paper towel if you need something cheap and fast. If you have any more questions, just let me know and I will do my best to answer them

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    Do you recommend any particular brands to go with. If I know what brands I will have an idea that is just how my brain works.

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    For heat, I like the Zoomed heat cable which is a rubberized cable that you can tape on (use Nashua tape available from Home Depot or equivalent --it's a paper backed aluminum foil adhesive that looks like a roll of duct tape). It can be removed and taped somewhere else if you change enclosures.
    The Zilla thermostat works well and is reasonably priced.
    My favorite substrate is ceramic tile. I use cheap (under $2/tile) 12"x12" beige tile with a slight texture that I can get at a home improvement store. One tile will need to be cut in half to fit a 30" x12" 20 gallon long.

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    Welcome aboard, Scoottie!

    Leopard geckos NEED well-fed l-i-v-e prey! Dried prey will not be nutritious enough for them.

    Here's a startup guide.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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