Do Leopard Geckos Bask?
Leopard geckos are very popular in the reptile world and many people who own them as pets are wondering if they also bask. The answer is that they do, but not as often as other lizards in their natural environment.
How Often Do They Bask?
Leopard geckos should not be exposed to direct sunlight and should not be kept in temperatures that are too high, as this could cause them distress. They usually bask only in warm temperatures and for short periods of time.
What Does Basking Do for a Leopard Gecko?
Basking is a form of thermoregulation for a leopard gecko as it helps them regulate their body temperature by basking to absorb UV radiation from their environment.
What Do They Need to Bask?
To bask, leopard geckos need a warm location and a place to climb up, at least 4 inches off the ground. This will give them the opportunity to absorb the UV rays they need.
Are There Other Benefits to Basking?
Besides thermoregulation, basking can also improve a leopard gecko’s general health and wellbeing, as it helps keep their bones strong and gives them the energy they need to be able to hunt, mate and explore.
Can I Help My Leopard Gecko Bask?
If you want to help your leopard gecko bask more, you can provide them with an artificial basking spot in their enclosure, such as:
- Heat Lamps: These will provide your leopard gecko with warmth.
- Rocks: Rocks can be heated up to create a basking spot for your leopard gecko.
- Plastic Shelves: Plastic shelves can be warmed up with a heat pad for your leopard gecko to bask on.
In conclusion, leopard geckos do bask, but not as often as other lizards. To help your leopard gecko bask, you can provide them with a heated artificial basking spot, such as heat lamps, rocks and plastic shelves.