can leopard geckos climb

Can Leopard Geckos Climb?

Leopard geckos are popular pet lizards in the home due to their striking patterned skin, docile nature and easy care. But, can they climb?

Leopard Gecko Activity

Leopard geckos can be quite active lizards, so it is important to be aware of the possibility of your pet gecko attempting to climb your walls, furniture and other household objects. This is more likely to occur if the environment is suitable for your gecko, as a more stimulating home means more opportunity for exploration and adventure seeking.

Do Leopard Geckos Climb?

Yes leopard geckos can climb. They have the ability to cling to walls and other surfaces with their claws. They may climb walls and furniture if given the opportunity to do so.

Leopard geckos have:

  • Weak climbing skills. Unlike many other lizards, leopard geckos are not especially agile climbers and may struggle to make their way up some surfaces.
  • A weak grip. While they can cling onto surfaces, they can’t hold on for very long and will most likely soon lose their grip.

Protecting Your Leopard Gecko

When it comes to protecting your leopard gecko from climbing it is best to:

  • Provide a secure and safe habitat. A terrarium with a lid, no tall furniture and no trees or other potential climb points is ideal.
  • Keep screens and windows closed when you are not home.
  • Be sure to secure the lid of the terrarium or aquarium with a clip or latch to prevent any escape attempts.


Leopard geckos are inquisitive creatures who may be tempted to explore their environment. As a pet owner it is important to be aware of their abilities and take steps to secure your home and ensure their safety. In conclusion leopard geckos can climb, but not very well – so provide a secure environment and watch out for any attempts!

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