When you watch your Leopard Gecko in its tank have you ever wondered if it would be a good idea to get it a companion or life friend? Whilst it may seem like a kind and good idea at the time doing so may have a detrimental impact on both of the Leopard Geckos health and ultimately life. So in this article we are going to look at if Leopard Geckos can be housed together in peace and harmony.
Can Leopard Geckos live together?
First off for anyone who does not have time to read the full guide I am going to give you the quick answer, although as you will see that is easier said than done:
So can Leopard Geckos be housed together? There is no quick answer to this unfortunately as there are so many variables. The mixes of gender will be a deciding factor along with the size of the tank that they live in. Along with this we also need to take into consideration the individual Leopard Geckos personalities. If you are think about letting two Leopard Geckos live together I strongly recommend you read this full guide.
So with all that being said I am now going to tell you which genders of Leopard Geckos can be housed together and also a few other tips that you are going to need.
Can two baby Leopard Geckos live together?
Yes when Leopard Geckos are babies there is no harm in housing two or more of them together. However you need to keep a check up on how much food and nutrients each are getting. It can often be the case that one will steal all the food from another which will mean that one or more of your Geckos will be underfed and under developed. Once the babies reach juvenile/young adult age they will need to be separated into different tanks.
Can two female Leopard Geckos live together?
Two female Leopard Geckos living together should pose no problem at all. In actual fact it is one of the only situations where it is generally ok for Leopard Geckos to mix. Female Leopard Geckos are not very territorial at least not to the extent that they will stress, injure or even worse kill each other. However it is worth noting though that every Leopard Gecko has its own personality and just because most female Leopard Geckos get along living with each other it does not mean that all will. It is best to monitor the situation for some time and see if it is causing any problems. If it does you will need to get a separate tank to house the Geckos.
Can two male Leopard Geckos live together?
Ok so this one is a big no. Housing two male Leopard Geckos together is going to create a big problem and potentially kill or injure one or both of the Geckos. The problem is that male Leopard Geckos are very territorial and will fight each other to make claim to the tank that they live in. They will stress each other out and steal each others food and it will almost always end in the same way. Never try to mix two male Leopard Geckos in the same tank.
Can male and female Leopard Geckos live together?
Again this is not one that is recommended as the male will almost certainly steal the females food. Because of this it is easy for the female Gecko to get malnourished and stressed by the male. Another reason is because you will more than likely end up with quite a few baby Geckos and unless this was the plan things can quickly get out of hand. I would recommend not letting a male and female Leopard Gecko live together, it is better to house them in two separate tanks unless you are a breeder.
How to house two Leopard Geckos together.
When introducing two Leopard Geckos take things slowly. You will need to keep a close eye on them for some time to check that they are not fighting or stressing each other out.
If you do decide that you want to let two Leopard Geckos live together and you have already checked they get on together ok then you will need to look at getting a suitable tank. A single Leopard Gecko needs at a minimum a 10 gallon tank although 15-20 gallons is recommended. If you plan to house two Geckos together you will need double the space so it is recommended to get a 30-40 gallon tank.
One of the main things that you will need to keep an eye on is food. It can often be the case that the bigger or more dominant Leopard Gecko will steal food from the other Gecko, this can lead to problems of malnutrition as well as fighting. Try to watch and make sure that both Geckos get the required food at meal times.
Another issue that you may come across when housing two Leopard Geckos together is waste management. One of the key ways to check your Geckos health is by checking its waste as an unhealthy Gecko will pass unhealthy looking stools. This means that if you have two together you may not be able to tell which one is sick. The other problem with this is that if one is sick and it is contagious then they will both more than likely catch it.
Whilst it may seem like a good idea to house two Leopard Geckos together it can ultimately cause major problems. Two males together is not an option as that will only end one way, however a maximum of two females should be ok if precautions are taken.
If in doubt it is always best to keep your Leopard Geckos in separate tanks as this is far less risky to both of their health and happiness.
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