do leopard geckos have salmonella

Do Leopard Geckos Have Salmonella?

Leopard geckos are an incredibly popular reptile pet, but there is a concern among owners about salmonella. So, do leopard geckos carry salmonella?

Salmonella and Reptiles

Salmonella is a bacteria that, when present, can spread from reptile to human and cause illness. Fortunately, not all reptiles carry the bacteria – even in the wild many do not. Of those that do, it is usually found in the digestive tract, so there are a few steps you can take to help keep your gecko healthy.

Preventing Salmonella

  • Make sure to wash your hands. Regular handwashing is the best way to help prevent the spread of salmonella and other bacteria.
  • Keep the habitat clean. Make sure to regularly clean your leopard gecko’s habitat to help reduce the risk of salmonella.
  • Avoid feeding your gecko raw eggs. Feeding them raw eggs can increase the risk of salmonella.


Leopard geckos are generally low risk for salmonella, however it is important to take the necessary steps to help reduce the risk and keep your gecko and yourself healthy.

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