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Leopard Gecko Manual: Third Pet Book of Christmas


The Leopard Gecko Manual, 2nd Edition: Expert Advice for Keeping and Caring for a Healthy Leopard Gecko is the authoritative text for both experienced gecko keepers and those interested in considering this pet. That’s because some of the most knowledgeable people on this topic co-authored the book, the legendary Phillipe de Vosjoli, with Thomas Mazorling, Dr. Roger Klingenberg, Ron Tremper, and Brian Vets.

Interestingly, along with the bearded dragon—while not quite domesticated—this species is on its way, bred for temperament and lots of flashy colors. While among the hardiest of lizard species, this attractive lizard (and they are attractive) still require appropriate husbandry.

Topics include where to go to get the right lizard in the first place. And, described are the relevant gecko health guarantees to ask about. Discussed are online and pet store purchase options, but perhaps the best choice is a reptile show. Have you ever been to a reptile show?

Truth: The cage and everything that goes inside that enclosure are a more expensive investment than the lizard itself. Remember, though, all pets, including relatively inexpensive lizards, do require veterinary care. Find a veterinarian in your area that can treat reptiles. 

What do all leopard geckos need for their little manmade habitat? And, how little (or large) should that habitat be? And, what do they eat? All of this is explained in great detail in the book. The term gut-loading is also explained, as are potentially needed nutritional supplements.

Too many people impulsively purchase a pet for the Christmas season, particularly little lizards as starter pets, because they are so inexpensive. Proper care is important, and proper care is the right lesson to teach children about living creatures. And, no current book offers those lessons better than this one.



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