Hi, I’m Johan Svahnström on behalf of expertvillage.
Let’s stick with leopard geckos for a little while. It’s very important to find a healthy
lizard when you pick your first one. The first thing you need to do is to go to a reputable
dealer, or a breeder. Try to avoid the big pet stores and go to someone that has a lot
of experience with the type of gecko you want. A couple of things to look for. The body needs
to be full and not too skinny. If you pick it up, the legs need to be real strong. You
can feel how you’re…there’s a little resistance when you do this with your geckos legs. On
a leopard gecko, the tail is crucial. A healthy leopard gecko has a big fat tail like this.
Now, this is a young gecko so the tail isn’t as big as they can actually get. But, take
a look at the tail. If it’s skinny, like a tail that you would have outside…uh, on
a lizard that you would find outside, that’s not a healthy gecko. Next, look at the mouth
of the gecko. Okay, look at the mouth and the eyes. If there’s bubbles coming out of
the mouth, good sign that the gecko might have a respiratory infection or something
like that; it’s been held too cold. Try to avoid it. This is difficult to fix. Eyes,
as well. Eyes need to be clear. Like this one right here. Check the eyes real close.
Also, check real close around the head and the neck for mites or ticks or something like
that. If it has mites, it’s difficult to get rid of. You might want to choose a different
gecko. If its got ticks, it’s a good chance that it will come from the wild and you probably
want to buy a captive-born gecko anyway. So, don’t buy one with mites. So, important number
one – strong body, strong legs, and a full tail. Very important. The tail needs to be
thick on a leopard gecko.