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Q: Any tips for housing two leopard geckos together?
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G.Echo05

In Relation To:

Giselle

I have had a female leopard gecko caged by itself for around five months now.  She's currently seven-ish inches long and occupying a 10-gallon tank.  I wasn't planning on getting another gecko so soon, but I was at Petco with my wife the other day and spotted an unusually-colored gecko on sale.  Sure enough, turns out we got a blizzard morph for a STEAL.  However, it's barely out of the hatchling stage.  Tiny, tiny little guy.  Obviously, the size difference is going to cause problems with housing together.  Any tips on when a good time to try introducing them to each other would be?  Anybody successfully housed two strangers together?


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Topics: General Health , Caging , Caging Plans
Tags: Caging, Leopardgecko
Species: Lizards > Geckos > Eublepharis macularius
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Member Comment 11/27/2011 9:16:38 PM

Doomtrooper

Dont Buy from petco  and if you do dont house it with your other leo till its been Quaranttened 

 
Member Comment 11/27/2011 9:30:50 PM

BabyyItsLove

Male/Female or female/female to avoid aggression. and I agree with the petco statement. QUARANTINEEEEEEEE!!!!

 
Member Comment 11/27/2011 9:31:26 PM

BabyyItsLove

and size should be pretty close... if its small enough to be eaten, it WILL get hurt. (even if only by accident at feeding time)

 
Member Comment 11/27/2011 9:56:45 PM

kindofabigdeel

I agree with everything that's been said so far.  Definitely quarantine the new gecko and wait until it is about the same size as your current one.  Even then, unfortunately there are no 100% gaurentees that they'll get along.  Generally as long as you keep them well fed they should be ok.  Since you already know your first gecko is a female it should be all good as females can stay with other females or a male.  When you do get around to introducing them to one another, obviously just observe them for a bit to make sure no fights ensue.  Other than that it's all pretty easy :)

 
Member Comment 11/27/2011 10:57:56 PM

Tiki108

Same here, avoid Petco and Petsmart, they support HSUS and don't take good care of their animals.  Once a good 3 month (I usually do 30-60 days, but Petco I'd do longer) quarantine is over I would wait until they are both adults and also make sure it's either 2 females or a male and a female, but only if you want to breed.  When introducing make sure the get along, I've had dragons in the past that got along and other that were the same size that tried to kill each other.

 
Member Comment 11/28/2011 11:16:27 PM

cmor1031

quarantine the new baby for at least a month, and then you can place them together, as long as they are both females, if they are relatively the same size. If you do put them together, just make sure they are both receiving adequate amounts of food and one isnt a hog. Usually leopard geckos are pretty mellow when kept together unless you have a particularly skittish one.

 
Accepted Answer 11/29/2011 10:44:00 AM

kathstew

Quarentine the new leo for at least a month (longer would be better considering its from petco). This means separate enclosure, preferably in different rooms if possible. This allows you to 1. learn whether the leo is sick  and 2. learn the leos eating/pooping habits and 3. learn its personality. You shouldn't introduce them until they around the same size. The smaller leo could end up being bullied by the bigger leo. You should also consider upgrading your tank to a 20-30 gallon tank. When housing multiple leos together you should have 2 of everything; 2 warm hides, 2 cool hides, 2 moist hides etc. This prevents the leos from fighting over, say, the one warm hide in the tank.As the others have said, female/female pairs are fine. Male/female pairs are OK as well, but be prepared for breeding. And honestly, I wouldn't want to breed a petco purchase as you don't know the leos genes (what its het for etc.). Make sure they are both getting their fill when housed together. One leo could be a food hog. Make sure you have an extra tank handy, as people have kept leos together for years and then one day a leo will just snap and they'll start fighting. Thats not guarenteed, but its better to be prepared in case of fighting. Keep an eye out for bite marks, and any signs of stress.

I have been succesfully keeping two "stranger" leos together for a few months now. They get along fine. Just remember that the leos don't become "friends", they just put up with eachother. Leos don't build friendships with one another. So don't feel like you are going to make them lonely if you keep them separated, or need to separate them in the future.

 
Member Comment 11/30/2011 11:48:14 PM

MrCoyote

yeah everthing that has been said above. I tried to pair some up for breeding and they got along for awhile then all of a sudden they started fighting and tails went to missing. i cought my albino trying to hork down a chunk of the other leos tail. so i no longer house them together.

 
Member Comment 12/5/2011 2:37:19 PM

cluka6633

petco sucks! do what everyone else says and ?quarantine it

 
Author Comment 12/7/2011 9:20:43 PM

G.Echo05

Well thanks to everyone for all the super helpful tips.  I kept them apart for a while, to monitor the new addition and see how it behaved.  After a while of it hiding out and not moving around much, I put the two of them together in a tank with a divider in the middle.  Well, apparently Baby G decided that he liked Jester okay, cuz at dinner time tonight I didn't see Baby G anywhere.  Turns out, he'd climbed the mesh, squeezed over the divider between the tank cover, and then "bunked up" with Jester of his own accord!  I'll keep an eye out for any signs of aggression, but I put them in a larger tank, no divider and enough hides to let them have their own spaces.  If they want, that is...

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