Can You Hold a Leopard Gecko

How to Have Fun With Your Leopard Gecko

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Can You Hold a Leopard Gecko

Leopard geckos (often known as leos by gecko owners) are inquisitive animals that, when handled appropriately, like being played with. To discover how to play with your leo, follow these instructions. You may be amazed by how entertaining these little lizards can be.

Handling & Playing Basics

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Begin handling your gecko while it is still a baby.

1. Begin handling your gecko while it is still a baby. It will take some time for your leo to acclimatize to its new surroundings when you first get it. Allow it to stay in its tank for no more than a day unless it is really anxious, and then allow it additional time to explore and get comfortable. Don’t be surprised if it stays in its preferred hiding area for a long after checking out its new habitat. However, the sooner you get acquainted with your gecko, the better, since geckos that are handled and played with from a young age are often calmer and more loving when held at a later age.


When your gecko is five to six months old, it’s best to start playing with it, but any age that it’s comfortable with people is OK as long as it’s not still a hatchling.

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Recognize that your gecko may be a bit scared off by your presence.

2. Recognize that your gecko may be a bit scared off by your presence. Any lizard in the wild would see something as enormous as we are as a danger. Don’t be surprised if your gecko takes some time to warm up to you.

  • Don’t be hasty with your gecko. If you’re itching to start touching and playing with your gecko, learn all you can about it. Set some hiding areas for your leo to go to while you’re putting up its habitat. Your leo may need some alone time from time to time, and since they are nocturnal, you should avoid bothering them during the day.
  • While you’re keeping an eye on your gecko, get to know your new pet. The huge hole-like features on the side of the Leo’s head are your gecko’s ears. Count the number of toes on each of its feet. Count and keep note of how many spots your gecko has (leopard geckos’ spots may vary as they become older).
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Speak with your leo.

3. Speak with your leo. Getting your gecko used to your voice is an important aspect of making him feel at ease around you. Speak in a soothing tone to it. Examine your gecko from behind the glass in the same way. Is your gecko returning your stare? Make eye contact with the gecko while speaking to let it know you’re the one creating the sounds.

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Allow your gecko to get used to your grip.

4. Allow your gecko to get used to your grip. This is crucial because if your gecko does not acclimatize to your hand, it will never feel at ease while being handled. Your gecko will be most active at night, after you have finished getting ready for bed. Place your hand in the cage at this point, allowing it to rest on the bottom of the cage. If you move too quickly, your gecko may get startled. Allow your gecko to inspect your hand; it will most likely lick your fingers, crawl over your hand, and finally rest on the hottest part of your hand. Warm up your hand before attempting to grip your leo to help it accomplish this. If your gecko attempts to lick your hand, do not jerk it away. Until you and your leopard gecko have formed a relationship, the gecko will see you as a predator. If you flee when it attempts to lick you, it will try to lick you again in the future to make you flee so it can be alone. If your gecko does not have human interaction, it will not seek it out, resulting in an unpleasant gecko.

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If your gecko doesn’t crawl on your hand straight away, don’t be disheartened. Geckos are all different, and some are a little more daring than others. Rep this step each night, placing your hand on the tank’s floor. Your gecko will eventually come to explore.

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Learn how to pick up your gecko correctly.

5. Learn how to pick up your gecko correctly. You may easily pull your gecko out of its cage after it has become used to your hand and sits on it happily. Make careful to cup your other hand under or adjacent to the one you’re using to raise the gecko so you can catch it if it makes a rapid movement that causes it to tumble off your hand.


If you must pick up your gecko without allowing it to crawl on your hand, do it carefully. Only use as many fingers as possible to pull up your gecko by its stomach (using all of your fingers that can fit around its midsection will give you a sturdier grasp). Hold the gecko with your other hand below it in case it falls. Always remember that this is a little animal that isn’t meant to be roughed up.

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Keep an eye on your gecko’s tail.

6. Keep an eye on your gecko’s tail. Geckos may lower their tails if they believe they are being pursued by a predator or if they are frightened. Do not pick up your gecko by its tail. Make sure your gecko doesn’t feel trapped or intimidated. Take a break from attempting to pick it up if it doesn’t want to be touched and keeps scurrying away from your hand. Then give it another go later. When your gecko is terrified or upset, it will raise and wag its tail as a warning. If this occurs, just speak to it gently to calm it down.

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You should know what sort of snacks to provide your gecko.

7. You should know what sort of snacks to provide your gecko. You may offer your gecko a variety of goodies, the majority of which can be found at your local pet shop. Waxworms, mealworms, and crickets are among them.

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Waxworms: The most frequent form of reward for your gecko is waxworms. They are tasty to geckos, although they are heavy in phosphorus and fat. As a result, only use them in moderation ( not more than about one every two weeks or so, especially if your leo is over a year old, as this could lead to obesity or your leo refusing to eat other insects.) When you do this, don’t put calcium on the waxworm since the leopard gecko will eat it and bite your finger. (powder will remain on your finger, causing it to smell.)

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Determine how often you should handle and play with your leo.

8. Determine how often you should handle and play with your leo. Per gecko is different, but most people advocate handling them for at least 15 minutes every day when they wake up for the greatest taming results. If you see that this is stressing your gecko, you should reduce the amount of time you handle and play with him.

Playing with your Gecko

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Make your playing space gecko-proof.

1. Make your playing space gecko-proof. Leopard geckos, particularly juvenile ones, are very swift and will flee if given the opportunity. Create an area where your gecko cannot escape, such as a box or bin, when you first begin playing with your gecko. You may also choose a spot and use cushions or other soft items to create a barrier between your gecko and the rest of the home. Just make sure your obstacles aren’t built of anything that may fall over and harm your gecko. When you’re out and about in your home with your gecko, make sure all doors and windows are closed, since drafts are bad for your gecko and other pets (if you have any) may come in and cause problems.


Once your gecko has been used to being removed from its cage, it should calm down and you should be able to handle it on your bed, sofa, or floor.

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Allow your gecko to go exploring.

2. Allow your gecko to go exploring. Allow your gecko to lead the way. Geckos are inquisitive, lively animals that like exploring. Allow your gecko to climb up your arms, shoulders, and even coil it in your hair. Prepare for your gecko to take up residence someplace warm on your body—geckos are cold blooded, and human skin feels to them like a sunbaked stone. If your gecko prefers to hang out around your neck or in the crook of your arm, don’t be startled.

  • Another option is to roll up a piece of cloth (such as a shirt or towel) and set it on your bed to let your gecko to explore. Allow your gecko to crawl about the towel and discover its own cave or hiding spot. Make sure you keep an eye on your gecko so you know where he’s hiding when it’s time to return him to his tank.
  • Allow your gecko to go around in an empty room or on your bed. Allow it to slither beneath and around your cushions and pillows. Geckos like climbing (though they aren’t very adept at it) and discovering new areas to crawl into. Simply keep a watch on your gecko and never leave it alone, or you risk losing it.
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Make a path for your gecko to navigate.

3. Make a path for your gecko to navigate. Place the ‘obstacles’ in a trash or big box. These may be paper towel tubes for your gecko to crawl through, smaller boxes for your gecko to climb over, or anything else. Use your imagination! Place climbing trees (available at pet shops) or old toys in the box for your gecko to climb to give your obstacle course a distinctive appearance.

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Climbing is a favorite pastime of leopard geckos.

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Organize a gecko carnival.

4. Organize a gecko carnival. This is comparable to making an obstacle course for your gecko, however the gecko isn’t attempting to go from one side to the other. Fill a box with ‘gecko toys,’ such as climbing trees, carpet patches, and paper towel rolls, and let your gecko play. You could be surprised by the antics of geckos. Some people like climbing up trees and then leaping down. Others like rolling around in a roll of paper towels. Organizing a gecko carnival is a fun way to find out what your gecko enjoys.


Just keep an eye out for anything that may squash your gecko while it’s playing.


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With your gecko, watch a movie.

5. With your gecko, watch a movie. While this isn’t quite ‘playing,’ it is a wonderful way to spend time with your gecko. Allow your gecko to get at ease by allowing it to sit in its favorite warm location on your body before settling down to watch a movie. Some leopard gecko owners have reported that their geckos are staring at the computer screen. Others will just sleep in a warm location. Make sure the sound isn’t too loud, otherwise your gecko may be startled and stressed.


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Recognize when it’s time to return your gecko to its aquarium.

6. Recognize when it’s time to return your gecko to its aquarium. Warmth is necessary for geckos to maintain their energy levels. They might grow exhausted while climbing or running in an environment that is not as warm as their tank. Check your leo’s belly after 10 minutes of playing with them is a good rule of thumb. If your gecko’s tummy feels cool to the touch, return it to its tank so it can warm up.

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