Water Intake of Leopard Geckos
Leopard geckos are a common pet reptile in many parts of the world, providing a wonderful way to observe and interact with the reptilian world. As with any pet, they come with the responsibility of providing them with proper care, which includes taking into account the amount of water they need.
Generally speaking, leopard geckos do not need a lot of water, nor do they drink it particularly often. A good rule of thumb for a healthy leopard gecko is to provide them with a shallow bowl of clean water no more than twice a week.
An important thing to keep in mind when caring for a leopard gecko is that it gets most of the moisture it needs from its food. They are insectivores, which means they eat things such as mealworms and crickets. An adult should have its diet supplemented with vitamins and minerals, as well.
Signs of Dehydration
Though leopard geckos do not need a lot of water, they can become dehydrated if they do not receive the appropriate amount, or if they are ill or stressed. Signs of dehydration can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Dull, dry-looking skin
- Deep wrinkles that don’t go away
- Loss of elasticity in the skin
When You Should Increase Water Intake
If you notice any of the signs of dehydration in your leopard gecko, it’s important to take action and increase their intake of water. This can be done by increasing the frequency of offering them access to fresh, clean water.
In conclusion, leopard geckos do not need a lot of water. They get most of their moisture from their diet, and should be offered access to a shallow dish of clean water no more than twice a week. If you notice any signs of dehydration, it is important to increase their access to clean, fresh water.