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    Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko

    Which do you feel make better pets?






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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    I feel they are both excellent pets. Both are docile and handable. The leopard gecko requires less space and less maintenance than the Bearded Dragon. You need to read the caresheets and necessities to see which you would be able to care for best and best affordable.

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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    It depends on what you want. As Marsha said, both make great pets and are very handleable. A single leopard gecko can live it's entire adult life in a 20L tank (30X12X13) while a bearded dragon needs a minimum tank size of 50 gallons (36X18X18). Also, Leopard geckos are nocturnal while bearded dragons are diurnal. Because of this, it is necessary for the life of the bearded dragon that he gets UVB for at least 12 hours a day. Because Leopard Geckos are nocturnal, it is not necessary for their life cycle to have UVB light unless you are planning to breed. However, unless you have an albino, the UVB won't hurt him as long as it's a low frequency such as 2.0 or 5.0 I hope this helps!

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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    That is hard to say cause I love them both, but I have noticed geckos are a little harder to care for but than again dragons need a large tank.

    They are both very nice pets I breed leopard geckos and will be breeding dragons next year.

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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    I think it really depends on what your looking for in a pet.
    I think Leo's are easier, but Bearded Dragons tolerate more handling.
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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    I guess I'm a little biased, but I love Bearded Dragons. For a long time I was in a lot of conflict about what my first reptile would be, and though the housing can get expensive, I will never regret getting Fitzgerald.

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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drache Dame View Post
    However, unless you have an albino, the UVB won't hurt him as long as it's a low frequency such as 2.0 or 5.0 I hope this helps!
    That is wrong. Over exposure to UV can have an impact on the vision of the leopard gecko regardless as to what output the light itself has. A 12 hour cycle, breeding or not, could blind a leopard gecko if he couldn't get completely out of the rays.

    The only time UV is ever suggested for leopard geckos is when a petstore is trying to sucker the new owner into spending money they don't need to, or when the leopard gecko has an advanced case of MBD. In the MBD case, the UV is only suggested to be on for 3 hours in the AM and the leopard gecko is to have a means to hide from it completely.

    I don't know a single breeder that uses UV with leopard geckos for breeding purposes. (I know a good handful of breeders.) I myself have been breeding Leopard Geckos now for almost 10 years and I have never once used UV.

    To date, there are no studies on UV impacting leopard geckos in a positive way. They can absorb D3 through their prey and supplements, so UV (other than making D3 naturally and faster) would serve no purpose to them.

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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    Quote Originally Posted by DragunzGirl View Post
    I love them both, but I have noticed geckos are a little harder to care for but than again dragons need a large tank.
    I disagree. When you factor in everything Leopard Geckos are much simpler to care for than Bearded Dragons.
    Smaller cage, no UVB lighting, very simple diet requirements since they eat insects and you don't have to learn all the right types of greens, fruits, and veggies to feed.
    The only drawback is they are nocturnal.
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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    I totally agree with Merlin. When it comes to care, requirements, size of enclosure etc, Leopard Geckos are way more simple.
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    Re: Bearded Dragon .vs. Leopard Gecko?

    I think that leopard geckos are the best animals ever but, then again I have mine sitting right next to me smiling.

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