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Blizzard Leopard Gecko: Info, Pictures & Care Guide for Beginners

Blizzard leopard gecko

The exotic blizzard leopard gecko is a docile and simple reptile to keep in captivity. They rarely bite their handlers and make a great beginner reptile. Leopard geckos can live till 20 years of age with good care. This makes blizzard leopard geckos a long-term commitment and you need to be prepared to care for this gecko for a large portion of your life.

These inquisitive geckos have a beautiful coloring that makes them stand out against other types of geckos. The hardy blizzard leopard gecko makes a great addition to reptile enthusiasts who can provide a proper habitat and enrichment for them to thrive in captivity.

new gecko divider Quick Facts about Blizzard Leopard Geckos

Species Name: Eublepharis Macularius
Common Name: Leopard gecko
Care Level: Beginner
Lifespan: 15-20 years
Adult Size: 6-10 inches
Diet: Insectivores
Minimum Tank Size: 20-gallon vivarium
Temperature & Humidity: 77°F to 89°F and a humidity level between 30% to 40%

Do Blizzard Leopard Geckos Make Good Pets?

Blazing Blizzard leopard gecko
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Blizzard Leopard geckos make excellent pets for beginners and experts alike looking for a hardy and undemanding reptile to start their reptile-keeping journey. They are more difficult to care for than dogs and cats, or even birds but their husbandry is made simple as soon as you learn the basics.

Before purchasing a blizzard lizard gecko, you must make sure their needs can be met and that they are provided with a warm vivarium with controlled humidity levels. It will take time to master the skill of setting up an enclosure that is perfect for your blizzard leopard gecko. These geckos will require daily maintenance and you must ensure that you can take at least an hour out of your day to feed, mist, and tidy up the enclosure.

Keep in mind that your blizzard leopard gecko will require routine vet visits and occasionally surgery. This will need to be done by a qualified reptile vet and can be expensive in the long run. This is because leopard geckos are prone to developing health issues. The health and longevity of your gecko will depend on the level of care it receives, and many leopard gecko owners have great success keeping them healthy in captivity.

Appearance

Blizzard Leopard geckos are a morph variant that is devoid of patterns on their body. Instead, they have solid color across their entire body. Blizzard morphs are typically a stunning white or yellow color. Some blizzards are darker in color and thus will be labeled as a midnight blizzard leopard gecko. The coloration is commonly referred to as a pale single-colored morph.

The body of the blizzard leopard gecko is thick and stubby with a triangular head. They have two eyes on either side of their head above their nostrils. The famously thick tail is a prominent feature for leopard geckos and the broad tail ends in a thin point. You may notice that the tail takes on a pale pink coloration.

How to Take Care of Blizzard Leopard Geckos

Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup

Tank

Image Credit: bulinko, ShutterstockThe vivarium can be set up as elaborate or plain as you desire. A 20-gallon vivarium can house a pair of female leopard geckos with no problem. Larger groups will require more space up to 30 or 40-gallons. Leopard geckos require a vivarium or tank that has more length than height.

You will need to mist the enclosure regularly to keep the humidity at desirable levels. It’s also essential to make sure that you clean any visible waste that is littered over the enclosure. All uneaten food should be removed to prevent spoilage. By constantly misting the enclosure a film can develop over the glass and should be cleaned with a damp microfiber cloth and a reptile safe cleansing solution.

Lighting

 Artificial lighting and UV lights are unnecessary for blizzard leopard geckos because they are crepuscular. You will need an overhanging light to provide a day and night cycle for your gecko. A heating light is necessary to keep the enclosure warm. The lights should be turned off at night to give your gecko complete darkness and other heating methods should be turned on.

Heating (Temperature & Humidity)

The overall temperature and humidity in the vivarium are important to the health of your gecko. Heat is necessary for thermoregulation as they do not produce body heat. Heat is obtained from the underside of blizzard leopard geckos so a heating pad or mat under the substrate or vivarium is recommended. There should be a basking spot with a temperature between 84°F to 88°F. The heating mat or pad should cover 1/3 of the enclosure to promote good heat distribution. The temperature on the cooler side of the vivarium should be between 75°F to 80°F.

Important: placing the heating pad or mat under the substrate has a risk of burning the gecko, make sure that the substrate is layered to prevent this.

Substrate

Many types of substrates can cause impactions in your blizzard leopard gecko. It is best to use a moist paper towel for hatchlings or young geckos, and fine sand as the main substrate in the vivarium.

Tank Recommendations
Tank Type: 20-gallon glass vivarium
Lighting: Day and night cycle
Heating: Heating pad/mat under the substrate or vivarium
Best Substrate: Fine sand

Feeding Your Blizzard Leopard Gecko

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Diet is important in maintaining a blizzard leopard geckos health. They are insectivores and which means their diet is mainly made up of insects. Crickets, locusts, and worms should form the primary part of their diet. They should also have a shallow dish of the freshwater inside of the enclosure to keep them hydrated. You will need to supplement the diet with calcium and multivitamins like Nutrobal. Do not overfeed supplements as leopard geckos can overdose on vitamins, but not calcium.

Blizzard Leopard geckos have been known to use their water dish as a toilet and it should be cleaned regularly. Hatchlings and young geckos should be fed 3 to 8 insects per day, whereas adults should be fed 5 to 9 insects every 2 to 3 days.

Diet Summary
Fruits 0% of the diet
Insects 100% of diet – crickets, mealworms, locusts, worms.
Meat 0% of the diet
Supplements Required Nutrobal calcium supplement

Keeping Your Blizzard Leopard Gecko Healthy

A healthy blizzard leopard gecko should have minimal health problems. Since leopard geckos are tolerant to different environmental requirements, they are hardy enough to get through minor illnesses throughout their life. They will very rarely suffer from diseases and ailments, mainly when an aspect of their care is not being met. All reptiles should be quarantined for 2 months before being placed with other reptiles to avoid the spread of diseases.

Common Health Issues

  • Metabolic bone disease: this occurs when your leopard gecko is not getting enough calcium in its diet. It causes its body to extract calcium from its bones. The main symptoms are swollen joints, leg curvatures, and a soft jaw with trouble eating.
  • Respiratory infection: If the leopard gecko is exposed to cool temperatures below 75°F for a prolonged period, it will develop a suppressed immune system that allows a respiratory infection to develop.
  • Tail loss: If your gecko is feeling threatened, it will drop its tail as a defense mechanism to distract predators. This is a problem as the tails work as fat reserves. The tail will grow back but look vastly different than its original tail.

Lifespan

If you obtain your blizzard leopard gecko as a hatchling or juvenile, you should expect to care for it for two decades. These geckos have an impressive lifespan and healthy specimens should have little issues making the 15- or 20-year mark. Keeping your leopard gecko in a suitable environment and fed a correct diet is a good way to increase their longevity.

Breeding

Breeding blizzard leopard geckos is an easy task. If you plan to breed your leopard gecko you need to make sure that you are prepared for possible medical issues that require vet visits, an incubating machine for the eggs, and you must be able to take several hours out of your day to feed and care for the hatchlings. Leopard geckos should be bred over the age of one year and weigh 45 to 50 grams. You should set up the equipment and egg incubator beforehand. Breeding your leopard geckos when they are underweight or unhealthy will cause premature death of the breeding female or they may not produce viable eggs. February to September is an ideal breeding season for these geckos and the breeding pair should produce healthy hatchlings if the eggs are incubated correctly.

Are Blizzard Leopard Geckos Friendly? Our Handling Advice

These geckos are quite docile and have a friendly personality. Handling should be no problem with leopard geckos. They do have the potential to bite when stressed, but this is not usual behavior. Overall, they are quite inquisitive and will enjoy being held by their owners. Blizzard leopard geckos that are held routinely as a hatchling will be more friendly. Avoid holding your gecko from the tail and incorrectly as this can cause the gecko to release their tail in defense. Use gentle movements when holding your leopard gecko and do not carry them around in case they jump out of your grasp.

Shedding: What to Expect

Blizzard Leopard geckos shed their skin every 2 to 5 weeks. Most owners will not notice their gecko shedding and they rarely have problems during shedding. Some may need help to release the shed and should be placed in a shallow dish of warm water. Never rip off a shed, this will damage the delicate skin underneath. The shed rate is determined by their growth. Young leopard geckos will shed more frequently as they are in their optimal growth stage. During shedding, the humidity should be slightly raised so the dead skin can come off easily.

How Much Do Blizzard Leopards Cost?

Blizzard leopard gecko morphs should be purchased from a reptile store or reputable reptile breeder. You can purchase an egg and incubate it yourself. This allows you to hatch the gecko yourself and care for them since birth. A blizzard leopard gecko will cost more than other morphs due to solid coloration. You can expect to pay between $75 to $230 for one.

Care Guide Summary

Pros
  • Docile nature
  • Inquisitive and friendly
  • Simple diet
Cons
  • Males should not be housed together
  • Needs time to adjust to a new environment
  • Prone to health issues

new gecko divider Final Thoughts

Blizzard Leopard geckos make great pets for the whole family, and when kept right they will spend years bonding with you. If you follow the specific care requirements, you will be able to successfully raise them to be happy and healthy. Always check with your local nature conservation center if you need a permit to own a leopard gecko and do the necessary paperwork if this is the case.


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