When you want to pet a Leopard gecko, you might want it to have some company while you are away. As Leopard Geckos are known as solitary creatures, you might wonder if you can keep your Gecko with another one or – How many Leopard Geckos can live together?
Multiple Geckos can live together according to their genders, species, size and age, and tank size. A male and a female leopard gecko or two female Leopard Geckos can easily live together after maturation while keeping two male Geckos can be risky.
If you are interested in knowing more about the living situation of two Geckos, stick till the end!
Multiple Geckos can live together if the tank size is big enough for them to grow. Generally, a tank with more than 20 gallons is safe for two Geckos and a tank of 30 gallons is safe for 1-3 Geckos to live.
For more than three Geckos you may need 40 gallons or more than that for keeping them in the same tank.
There are some factors that are necessary to keep more than one Gecko in one tank. This will allow a good environment for Geckos to live peacefully:
- Tank size
- Tank environments
- Body size
- Gender or pairs
In order to keep more than one Gecko in a single tank, the tank size matters a lot. Generally keeping two geckos in a single tank with small space will create chaos and fights among them.
Moreover, tanks with less space will also affect their lifestyle and suffocate them. This will ultimately lead to weight loss, malnutrition or death.
The tank size should be kept according to the number of Geckos you want to keep inside of it:
|Tank size||Number of Geckos|
|10 gallons (minimum requirement)||1 Leopard Gecko|
|20 gallons||1 or 2 Leopard Geckos|
|30-40 gallons||2- 3 Leopard Geckos|
|67 gallons||2 or More than 3 Leopard Geckos|
|85 gallons||4 or less than 4 Leopard Geckos|
A good tank setup is a must for even a single Gecko to survive. Hence when multiple Geckos will be living together, there are some factors regarding tank you need to keep in mind:
- Hiding space
- Tank material
- Temperature and Humidity
- Cleaning space
The number of hiding spaces should be more than one to two according to the number of Geckos you have in our tank. Generally, in nature, the Geckos do not stay together unless they need to mate.
Hence keeping two Geckos will require extra hiding space so that they can have their own safe place to hide whenever they need.
In this case, you need to make separate holes or hiding spots and also double the number of them.
Living with another Gecko can be suffocating for your Gecko and without proper ventilation, your Gecko might become more frustrated and weaker with time. Hence you need to make arrangements for either active or passive ventilation inside your Gecko’s tank.
The active ventilation will require a mesh sort of lid that covers the tank and the passive ventilation can be achieved via an electronic ventilator.
The tank material generally for one Gecko or smaller tank can be made of glass. The glass tanks have much visibility and can be easily cleaned and disinfected. The glass tanks are also chemically very stable and can last for decades if taken properly care of.
But when you choose a big tank or a bigger size tank for many geckos for obvious reasons, you can go for plastic tank material. As in the case of glass, there is more chance of breaking due to the weight of the glass and these are expensive as well.
Plastic tanks are cheaper and these are more available and popular now than glass tanks. These are lighter and have less chance of breaking and hurting your geckos inside.
Temperature and Humidity
The temperature and humidity need to be set according to the number of Geckos. Normally the humidity is kept at 30% to 40% for almost the entire day.
The temperature is kept at 85℉ to 90℉ under the basking area while maintaining 75℉-80℉ on the cooler side and 80-85℉ between the hot and cold side.
The temperature can be maintained using UVB lights as they can be a source of both heat and light.
Cleaning the tank for one Gecko is tough and when you have multiple Geckos, you need to ensure that each and every space is cleaned perfectly as the tank size would be bigger than usual.
You need to replace the substrates often while cleaning the hiding spots and prevent mold formation which is one of the major reasons for your Leopard tank to smell bad.
Dirty enclosure will affect the lives of all of your Geckos.
Keeping different species of Geckos together can create chaos due to their requirements for survival. The habitats where the Leopard Geckos live are different from the crested Geckos and it can definitely affect their living inside the tank as well.
Hence keeping similar gecko species together such as – two female Leopard Geckos would be preferable than keeping one Lepard and one crested Gecko together.
You can keep Leopard Geckos for breeding and in such cases, one female and one male Gecko can be kept together. Eventually, they will breed together.
You can also keep one male with more than one female Gecko in the same tank where the male Gecko will mate with two Geckos at least.
Body size and age
The size of the Leopard Geckos body will matter a lot when kept in the same tank. If a large and big sized Gecko is kept with a small one, it is obvious that the small one will be dominated and might get pushed away from having food as well. This will eventually affect its overall health as well.
An adult not only can attack the baby Gecko but also might eat it if needed, Hence the body size and age should be kept in mind.
Gender or pairs
The pairs or genders of Gecko matter a lot as well when it comes to keeping two Geckos together. In nature, Geckos are solitary creatures meaning they prefer to live alone. Hence when you introduce a new Gecko in the tank, you do need to know what their genders are and if you want them to breed or not.
When it comes to pairing Geckos out of their habitat, as mentioned above, genders play an important role. You can basically pair one male and one female Gecko together.
When you want your Geckos to breed or simply put, you want baby Geckos, you can put one male and one female Gecko together. When the female Geckos lay eggs, simply take them out, keep them in a safe place and then keep them back in the tank when the baby grows.
You can also keep one male and more than one female Geckos inside the tank for breeding as well.
Other than breeding purposes, it’s better not to house the Geckos together. This way they feel intimidated by their partner and end up injuring each other.
You can keep two female Geckos in the same tank. This can be non-harmful as mostly the female Geckos are not dominant in nature and can bear each other’s existence.
The pairing of Geckos is okay when you want to breed. But you need to keep in mind that, never pair:
- Two male Geckos
- One adult and one juvenile
- Two different types of Geckos
Two male Geckos
The male Geckos can be very aggressive towards each other and might try to show dominance over each other. Thus in the flow of fighting, both of them will get injured due to continuous attacks.
One adult and one juvenile
As mentioned earlier, keeping a small or baby gecko with an unfamiliar adult Gecko will cost a lot for that small Gecko. As with time the adult Gecko will bully the other Gecko and might end up eating it. The fear will not allow the small Gecko to even fight for the food let alone for existence.
Two different types of Geckos
If you put two different breeds of Geckos like one African fat-tailed Geckos with your Leopard Gecko, there is a high chance that one of them will be intimated by the environment.
This is because they will have different requirements. Moreover, they also have less chance of getting along as well.
Introducing a new Gecko to the old one is sometimes necessary. To introduce or house two Geckos together, you need to assure some factors:
- Quarantine the Geckos
- Introduce in the neutral terrarium
- Observe the behaviors
- Keep another tank ready
Quarantine the Geckos
Before introducing a new Gecko, you need to quarantine it to assure that the new Gecko is free from parasites and disease.
For this purpose, you can set up a small and temporary tank of 10-gallon size with minimum requirements. This way it will understand how to cope with the artificial habitat. Meanwhile, you can call the vet to check the Gecko for a checkup and solve health issues ( if any).
Introduce in the neutral terrarium
Introducing a new Gecko in a tank full of decoration and artificial environment can make another Gecko in the same tank uncomfortable.
The old Gecko might feel offended and also harm the other Gecko irrespective of gender.
To avoid such cases, you need to introduce the Geckos on the natural ground such as in an empty terrarium. This way both will have similar access to every piece of equipment and will not harm each other and get along with time.
Observe the behaviors
After introducing a new Gecko in the tank, the very important thing would be to observe their behaviors towards one another. You can observe them for a couple of days or weeks.
If you see your Geckos moving their waving or raising their tails, the next thing they can do is fight as it’s a defensive posture.
If you see the tension building up inside the tank and they are continuously becoming aggressive towards each other, make sure to shift one of them to another tank.
Otherwise, if the Geckos do fine then you can keep them together and leave them to spend more time together.
Keep another tank ready
If you observe that your Geckos are not getting along in the same tank, you can shift one of them to another tank.
Hence you need to set up a temporary tank in case something happens out of your control.
You can have a minimum of two and a maximum of 4-5 geckos in your tank to keep them safe. Even if you have a huge tank setup such as – 75 gallons or more, it would be safe to go for a maximum of 4-5 Geckos as they are mostly solitary in nature and do not love the company of other Geckos.
Three Leopard Geckos can live together but they do not naturally. In nature, except for breeding, the Geckos do not live together. But you can keep one male and two females for breeding in the tank.
But you need to keep in mind that the tank size should be around 30–40 gallons and also the size and age of Geckos, species type, and gender will matter too.
A 20-gallon tank can be a good option to house two geckos together. However, you can also pet 1-3 Geckos or multiple female Geckos if they are similar in size and species type.
For a 10-gallon tank which is pretty small, only one Leopard Gecko is safe to be kept. As in this small space, introducing another Gecko would be equivalent to invading the space of your Gecko. Hence it will have an adverse effect on your Gecko’s health as well.
For keeping two Geckos together you can go for a 20 to 40 gallons tank. This will provide ample space for your Geckos to survive and hide if they want.
A boy and a girl Gecko can live together for breeding purposes. When a male and female Gecko are kept together they generally breed. Apart from that, they might end up hurting each other. Thus, you can keep them together once or twice a year only for breeding purposes.
Keeping two male Geckos together can be really harmful. The male geckos have a dominant nature and they can try to rule over one another which will eventually lead to death or injury.
You can keep a maximum of 5 or 4 Geckos in a 75-gallon tank as it has ample space. But more than that even with similar size can affect the Geckos negatively.
Leopard Geckos are solitary in nature and they prefer to live alone rather than living with another species. But for breeding purposes, one male and one female can be kept together, Also, female Geckos can get along as well.
Multiple female Geckos can live together as the female Geckos are not dominant in nature. If they are introduced properly, there is less chance of fight and injury.
Three female Geckos can live together in the same tank. However, in nature, they might like to live alone due to their solitary nature.
It is preferable that you keep one Gecko alone in a single tank. Leopard Geckos are solitary in nature and they do not like to stay with another Gecko or another living being in the same place.
Hence when their space is invaded by another Gecko they become offended most of the time. However, sometimes the Geckos might get along depending on their gender. Such as two female Geckos can get along with time.
In most of the cases, Geckos either fight or try to dominate each other , which is visible when two male Geckos are kept together.
If you want your Geckos breed, only then you can try to keep one male with one female or more than one female Geckos. Other than that, try to avoid invading your Gecko’s space.
Leopard Geckos are generally solitary creatures in nature. This means that these Geckos prefer to stay alone than keep company with them.
Since they prefer to stay alone they do not become lonely at any point. But if they are kept with another Gecko, they might feel threatened and stressed out.
Leopard Geckos are naturally solitary creatures. Due to different reasons, sometimes you might need to introduce two Geckos in the same terrarium which can be challenging if you cannot pay attention to some factors, such as – age, tank size, species, etc.
Apart from that, you need to know which kind of Geckos might get along together. This way, you can ensure a safe environment for all your Geckos and let them have a peaceful life.