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    Introduction to Leopard Geckos
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Taxonomy
         Physical Characteristics
             Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Lamellae
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Behaviors
    Selection
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Physical Appearance
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Check List
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Breeders vs. Petstores
    Preparation
    Housing
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Setups
             Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Aquariums
             Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Racks - WIP
                   Leopard Gecko Rack Plans
                       1. Rack Plans (p1)
                       2. Rack Plans (p2)
                       3. Rack Plans (p3)
                  Leopard Geckos Breeding Rack Plans  Breeding Rack Plans
                  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Simple Rack System Plans
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Heat Tape
                   Wiring Heat Tape To Racks
                  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Wiring Tape To Dimmer Switches
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Custom Enclosures
    Substrates
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Artificial
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Natural
                Calcium Sand Substrates - Dangers
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Hides - Shelters
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Moist Hide Creation
    Heating
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Heat Rocks - Hidden Danger
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Temperature Control
    Lighting
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Tank Decor
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Landscaping - WIP
         Artificial Terrain
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Planting
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Diet
         Supplementation
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Feeder Prey
             Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Feeding - Offering Prey - Quantities
                   Complete Feeder Insect Index
                        Breeding Crickets
                       Breeding Mealworms  Breeding Mealworms
                       Breeding Waxworms  Breeding Waxworms
                       Breeding Butterworms  Breeding Butterworms
                       Breeding Superworms  Breeding Superworms
                       Breeding Silkworms  Breeding Silkworms
                       Breeding Phoenix Worms  Breeding Phoenix Worms
                       Breeding Orange Spotted Roaches  Breeding Orange Spotted Roach
                       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Breeding Lobster Roaches
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Handling
    Cleaning
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Breeding
       Leopard Gecko Breeding Preparations  Preparations
         Sexing
         Cooling
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Grouping
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Egg Collecting
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Egg Candling
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Incubation
       Temperature Effects On Leopard Gecko Incubation  Temperature Effects On Incubation
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Rearing Offspring
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Large Scale - Commercial
    Genetics
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Introduction
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Terminology
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Basics 101
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Punnett Square
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Morphs List - WIP
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Ontogeny Chronology - WIP
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Creating New Morphs
    Health
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Quarantining
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Common Diseases
                Parasites
               Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Identification - Treatments
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Impaction
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  MBD (Hypocalcemia)
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Caudal Autotomy (Dropped Tail)
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Shedding Issues
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Vision Issues
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Cagemate Aggression
    Miscellaneous
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Coloring Pages
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Glossary
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Record Keeping
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Lighting - Leopard Gecko

As you should already be aware, leopard geckos are nocturnal. This means that they are primarily active when the sun has already set or right before it rises. As an owner, this is great for you. Unlike basking species, they don't require the expensive UV lighting that some species need. They do however require a photoperiod like other animals.

Lighting Photoperiod

A photoperiod is a cycle of light, and a cycle of darkness. The typical photoperiod is 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. During the summer months, to replicate seasons, lighting can be done in the cycle of 14 hours of light and 10 hours of darkness. It is detrimental to all animals that a proper photoperiod transpire.

The simplest way to light a leopard geckos enclosure is with a normal household bulb. A low wattage (as to not disrupt the temperature gradient you should have created) bulb would be sufficient. Try to set a normal routine and turn the light on and off at the same time each day. To simplify your life, and to ensure you are providing a normal routine for your gecko, you should invest in a timer. Most hardware stores carrying as do various retail outlets. The timers typically have two settings that you adjust. The first is the on time, and the other is the off time. These timers can be purchased for really cheap money and will ensure you have created a proper photoperiod for your leopard gecko.

Some enthusiasts do not use any additional lighting on their enclosures. This is only an option though when the room they are being kept in is brightly lit for a specified number of hours each day. If the room you house your leopard gecko in is not brightly lit each day, you should be providing another means of ambient light.

Ultraviolet Lighting - Leopard Geckos

Petstores are notorious for suckering new enthusiasts into buying an expensive UV light for their leopard gecko. They claim the leopard gecko needs this lighting to create D3 in order to metabolize the calcium in their diet. While this is true for diurnal basking species, it is an outright lie when referring to leopard geckos. Leopard geckos are nocturnal. They do not come out and bask in the sun in the wild like iguanas and other species do. In fact, bright lights hurt their eyes. Further more, UV lighting, when constant exposure is present, can actually cause blindness in leopard geckos. It is not needed, not safe for use, and certainly not worth the money they are trying to get you to spend. If you are currently using a UV light to create a photoperiod for your leopard gecko, please stop. The only time a UV light should ever be used with leopard geckos is when they are being treated for Metabolic bone disease. In those rare instances, the light should be limited to 3 hours in the am each day until improvement is present.


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