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Old 12-04-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
Leopard gecko - lamp or no lamp?

I'm currently building a habitat for my first leopard gecko, and after a lot of research I'm finding mixed messages about heat lamps. Some say that the geckos need them for recreating their natural environment, but others say it's bad for their skin/eyes and will just stress them out. Does anyone with experience in this have advice? Thank you!
Old 12-04-2016, 06:56 PM   #2
yes i am experience, lamp is NEEDED or REQUIRED, as you may know leopard geckos are nocturnal. they'll be active mostly at night, theyre temperature should be 80 between 90F. and the heat lamp should be red ,desighned for leopard geckos. they shoud have a basking area and a cool area on the other side of the tank,the basking should be at 87F - 90F the cool side should be 74F - 80F . Do not let the max temperature get above 94F, because that is considered too hot for your leopard gecko. Goodluck leopard geckos require heat lamp (red nocturnal heat lamp.)
Old 12-04-2016, 09:14 PM   #3
I've never used a heat lamp with mine. They're in an open-sided rack with clear tubs and belly heat set to 90*F.

You do want to ensure they have access to a warm hide, cool hide, and humid hide. Also do not use sand as substrate or they can get impacted.
Old 12-05-2016, 12:19 AM   #4
ohh yeah you dont need heat lamp if you have them on a rack ,or in bins use heat tape.but in a real encusure in tank they need a heat lamp or at least a heat pad to put under the tank

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