The interesting and unique Eclipse Leopard Gecko is a morph, which means a change from the standard Leopard Gecko. It has all the same features of the standard variety but will have certain colors and patterns for this breed. The Eclipse Leopard Gecko is primarily known for its sturdy and striking eyes. If you’re thinking about buying one of these pets, keep reading as we cover habitat, diet, handling, and more to help you make the right decision.
Quick Facts About the Eclipse Leopard Gecko
|Species Name:||E. macularius|
|Common names:||Leopard Gecko eclipse|
|Adult Size:||8–11 inches|
|Diet:||Crickets, caterpillars eat|
|Minimum Tank Size:||10 gallons|
|Temperature & Humidity:||90º–100º Fahrenheit, humidity 30%–40%|
Would an Eclipse Leopard Gecko Make a Good Pet?
The Eclipse Leopard Gecko is a great pet. Easy to raise and has a unique appearance with jet black eyes. It has a long life that can often reach 20 years of age and grows up to 11 inches. He doesn’t mind being handled and, once he gets to know you, he’ll even look forward to spending time outside of his habitat with you.
The Eclipse Leopard Gecko is an attractive gecko with all-black eyes. It has a light belly with a yellow back and dark spots. Breeders can use this breed’s jet black eyes to mix with other geckos to create distinct solid colors. For example, mixing an Eclipse Leopard Gecko with an Albino Tremper will produce a gecko with deep red eyes.
How to Take Care of an Eclipse Leopard Gecko
These little reptiles are fairly easy to care for, but to ensure the health of your Eclipse Leopard Gecko, you must ensure that you provide it with the right living environment.
Habitat, Tank Conditions & Settings
You will need a 10 gallon aquarium to create a suitable habitat for your Eclipse Leopard Gecko. You’ll need to increase the size by 5 gallons for each additional gecko you want to add. You’ll also need lots of rocks and wood to make places to hide and climb and at least two skins for your pet to take cover. A top screen will help ensure your pet is properly ventilated.
Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko does not require special lighting. Any standard lighting will work well without the need to purchase a special UVB lamp. However, you will need at least one heating lamp to create a sunbathing area that will provide plenty of light.
Heating (Temperature & Humidity)
Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko prefers warmer temperatures in its tank, so you will need to use heating lamps and other methods to increase the temperature to around 90º F with a basking area up to 100º F to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko needs a fairly low humidity level between 30% and 40%. You will need to use a hygrometer to monitor it and make adjustments accordingly. A heating lamp will do a good job of drying the air, but a clean water supply can increase the humidity beyond an acceptable level. If you notice the level is getting too high, you can increase the ventilation or temporarily stop the water supply until the level is acceptable.
Large river gravel is the best type of substrate you can use, but reptile rugs, newspaper, and even ceramic tiles are options. Coconut coir may also work, but may retain too much moisture for your Eclipse Leopard Gecko. It’s best to avoid sand as your pet can eat it, which can cause digestive problems.
|Tank Type:||10 gallon glass vivarium|
|Lightning:||Heating lamp, standard|
|Warmup:||Heating pad/ribbon at the bottom of the enclosure, heat lamp|
|Best Substrate:||Big river pebbles|
Feeding Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko
Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko will mainly eat a simple diet of crickets, with some waxworms, mealworms, and even cockroaches for variety. You will need to clean the food with calcium and vitamin D3 supplements to help ensure your pet is getting the right nutrition. Avoid feeding your pet wild caught insects as these insects can carry parasites.
|fruits||0% of diet|
|Insect||100% diet – crickets, caterpillars|
|Meat||0% of diet|
|Supplements Required||Calcium, vitamin D3|
Keeping Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko Healthy
The best way to keep your Eclipse Leopard Gecko healthy is to keep temperature and humidity levels within acceptable limits. Doing so will help keep your pet healthy and active.
General Health Problems
The biggest problem facing your Eclipse Leopard Gecko is Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), softening of the bones caused by insufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D3 in the diet. Without proper supplementation, your reptile will develop brittle bones and may even have difficulty moving. If left untreated, MBD can result in the death of your pet.
With the right care and supplements, you can expect your Eclipse Leopard Gecko to live to around 15 years, with some living for 20 years or more. However, allowing the temperature to be too low or the humidity too high too often can shorten the life of your pet.
The Eclipse Leopard Gecko is easy to breed as it has a long breeding season from January to October, and there are no special requirements to start breeding. However, you will need a lot of food to feed the hatchlings, and it may not be easy to find a buyer for the babies, so you may need to raise them.
You need to make sure your gecko is in top physical condition, especially the female as carrying eggs can be very tiring. You will need to place the male and female in their habitat, along with an egg-laying box lined with sphagnum moss that will hold the eggs. The couple will also need more food and a large supply of calcium powder which they can eat as needed. After mating, you can expect your pet to lay eggs in 16 to 22 days, and they will hatch in 35 to 89 days depending on the incubation temperature.
Is the Eclipse Leopard Gecko Friendly? Our Handling Advice
The Eclipse Leopard Gecko is friendly and loves it when you pick it up and carry it. When you first get your pet, it may take a while for them to get used to being handled, so we recommend taking it for just a minute or two at first and gradually extending the time as your pet gets used to it. Keep your maximum handling time around 20 minutes per day.
Shedding & Brumation: What to Expect
Your Eclipse Leopard Gecko will molt every few weeks, and it’s perfectly natural for them to do so. You can help make it easier by increasing the humidity or even taking a warm bath to help remove the dead skin. As long as you keep the temperature high, your Eclipse Leopard Gecko will stay active all year round and won’t enter brumation.
How Much Does an Eclipse Leopard Gecko Cost?
You should pay between $50 and $400 for your Eclipse Leopard Gecko, depending on the breeder you choose. Most will cost close to $100, but prices will increase if there is high demand and long waiting lists.
Care Guide Summary
Curious and exploration
Must be placed individually
Requires high temperature
The Eclipse Leopard Gecko makes a great pet that is easy to keep once you set up the habitat properly. It’s quite active and doesn’t matter if you handle it, so it’s a great choice for kids and beginners.
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