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Many gecko species kept commonly in captivity are desert species which are more accustomed to getting their moisture from damp sand or licking dew from leaves and stones. They may never encounter standing water (ie, a water bowl) in the wild, and might not know how to drink from one.
You can keep desert geckos hydrated by offering an area of moist sand underneath a hide box (such as an inverted flowerpot with a "door" chipped out of the side), and by daily light spraying or misting in the cage.
Leopard geckos are terrestrial animals, which means they do most of their activities on the ground. That includes eating. It may be nifty to have colored sand or stones in your lizard's tank, but make sure he isn't accidentally ingesting bits of this substrate when he eats. Or use a nutritious substrate such as Calci-Sand which is less harmful to ingest. Geckos can impact (get their stomachs blocked up) from eating bits of sand, dirt, leaves, rocks, etc, that are too hard for them to pass or digest.
When you keep leopard geckos together, make sure they all have adequate space and seperate places to hide in the enclosure to avoid stress. Don't keep two mature males close together, or they may fight. A 20 gallon tank is adequate for three or at most four leopard geckos.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|