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Leopard geckos are a very popular pet and companion in the reptile hobby. They are widely known as one of the best starter geckos, their care easy and diet even easier. There are many reputable stores to buy these lizards from, whether in person or online. Because of their popularity, there are many interesting morphs of these animals, some of them pricing up to $1000 due to the rarity of the breed. They are a desert lizard, living in the highlands and rocky outcrops of Asia. These geckos are of course in the order Squamata, but they are assigned to the family Eublepharidae. Unlike the majority of geckos, they have movable eyelids, and they can not climb up smooth surfaces due to their lack of toe pads. Obviously they should never be collected in their environment but should only be purchased from legal farms.
THE DIET OF E. MACULARIUS
Leopard geckos are insectivores, their diet needing a healthy balance of proteins and calcium. Their food necessities are easy to find, as well as easy to breed. You can buy and find these bugs
at any pet store. Mealworms are a staple of their diet, a very easy insect to find, care for, and breed.
They can live in a substrate of oatmeals and cereal bits added in with some cricket food or any type of fruits for some hydration. They are the larvae of darkling beetles, which is a type of beetle that these geckos can also eat, as long as the insects are at most the size of their head. There are many alternate worms that leopard gecko owners feed their pets, including calci worms. They have high levels of calcium, being a great add on to your pets diet every once in a while. Leopard geckos with a lack of calcium can end up having a bone disease called MBD, which is why feeding calci worms or dusting their food with calcium powder is very important.