A Full Grown Leopard Gecko? How Big Do Leopard Geckos Get?
If you want to get a reptile and did a little bit of research, you probably realised that there is a lot of stuff you should know before getting a reptile. I know that can be pretty overwhelming at first, but trust me you will grow into it. (And there is no need to be overwhelmed since I give you all the information you need here on my website. :))
The fact that you are doing your research right now shows that you most probably will be a great reptile owner, since most people just buy a reptile and ask questions later.
If you are reading this article you might want to know how big Leopard geckos get and you probably need some general information about Leopard gecko size. The size of the reptile determines how much money you need to spend for a good habitat, what kind of food you need, how big the tank has to be and so on and so forth.
So without further ado, here is your answer:
How Big Does A Leopard Gecko Get?
That depends on if you have a male or a female Leopard gecko. Male Leopard geckos normally are a little bit larger than females.
The size varies, some geckos only reach 6-7 inches, others can even reach 10 to 11 inches. There are giant breeds that most of the time reaches 10 to 11 inches and they even can weigh 140 grams. The biggest Leopard gecko I´ve heard of weighted around 155 grams.
However the normal Leopard gecko weight is around 70 grams. It really depends on your taste. If you want to get a big Leopard gecko, there are some breeds which are guaranteed big boys and girls. If you want to get a smaller one, they are cute as well and feeding costs are probably a little bit lower then.
Further the price of those giant breeds can be really, really high. For example, the Temper Giant Breed can cost up to over $900 bucks. The price for a normal Leopard gecko is around $30. That´s quite a difference, right?
Leopard Gecko Size: Hatchlings
Leopard gecko hatchlings are very cute and they are so, so small. Normally a hatchlings is around 2 to 3 inches and it only weighs around 4 grams. It takes around 1 year for a Leopard gecko to reach it´s full size. However your Leopard gecko will continue to grow till it dies, as all reptiles do. That is the reason why they shed on a regular base.
The Right Size For Your Tank
It is really important for every reptile that it lives in a natural habitat with a good size. If you get a tank that is too small, your Leopard gecko might start to show some weird behaviors. It might lose it´s appetite, or bumbs against objects with it´s snout the whole day.
Most people do not realise that reptiles really can suffer from psychological problems and the wrong tank size could be a reason for that.
So the right tank for your gecko is around 10 - 15 Gallons. I would even take a 20 Gallon tank like the one on the right, because most people who get one Leopard gecko, immediately want to get a second one. With a 20 Gallon tank you are prepared for that 🙂
Further your tank should be a glass tank. Aquariums are used very often and they are okay. However I like to use reptile tanks with doors, so that I do not have to grab my gecko from above when I want to get it out of it´s tank. In the wild eagles and hawks hunt Leopard geckos and grab them from above. It could mean unwanted stress for your gecko if you grab it from above.
If you asked yourself "How big do Leopard Geckos get", I think that this articles answered your question. Now it is up to you to decide if you want to get a bigger Leopard Gecko or a normal one. All of them are great and always remember your baby will be a full grown Leopard Gecko in around one year.
Get a good tank for it and have fun with it! 🙂
How big is your Leopard gecko? Let´s talk about it in the comment section below. If you have any questions you can also leave me your question in the comment section below... I will get back to you, I promise!
Wanna learn more about Leopard Geckos? Read my Care Guide!
About the Author
Hey! I am Pierre. I own bearded dragons and many other reptiles for a very long time. I know from experience that it can be very hard to find the right information about a specific reptile, since there is so much misinformation out there.That´s why I created this website. To help other people to have the best time with their reptiles.