Can Leopard Geckos Live Together? (The Safest Methods)

If you’re thinking about purchasing multiple Leopard Geckos, you need to consider whether they’re capable of being housed together.

I personally don’t recommend the cohabitation of Leopard Geckos because of the risks presented with it. However, there are scenarios of it working with no issues.

In this article, I am going to discuss the different scenarios when Leopard Geckos can and can’t be housed together and the best way to achieve cohabitation.

Species Overview
Binomial NameEublepharis Macularius
Natural HabitatDry and Semi-desert areas of the Middle East
DwellingGround Dweller
Life Span10 – 20 Years
DietInsectivore
BehaviorDocile, Solitary, Territorial

What Leopard Geckos Can & Can’t Live Together?

Below I have listed the 4 different combinations of cohabitation between Leopard Geckos and discuss whether they can or can’t be housed together.

Two Male Leopard Geckos

Under no circumstance should two male Leopard Geckos be housed together, or even separately in eyeshot of each other.

Leo’s may be cute and docile reptiles, however, they can protect the territory they have fiercely.

They become extremely territorial leading to displays of dominance that can lead to physical fighting and inevitably resulting in injury and in severe cases fatalities.

Two Female Leopard Geckos

When two females are housed together it is down to the individual personalities of the Leo’s.

In my experience, this combination is the safest and only way cohabitation between Leopard Geckos can be achieved successfully. 

It takes a lot of monitoring to ensure your two females are getting on, you’ll need to check on the weight of your Leo’s regularly to check they’re both eating and not one dominating the other when it comes to meals.

Leopard Geckos being nocturnal makes it difficult to monitor at night because you’ll most likely be sleeping when they’re most active.

Male & Female Leopard Geckos

Two Different Colored Leopard Geckos

Males and Females are only recommended to live together if you’re planning on breeding them. Not as a full-time arrangement.

Males will typically be more dominant, stealing food from the female, hogging basking, and hide areas.

This will cause health conditions in the female Leo such as metabolic bone disease (MBD)

Baby & Adult Leopard Geckos

Having a baby and an adult Leopard Gecko cohabitating is another recipe for disaster. The adult will dominate the baby, not allowing it to bask, eat, bathe, or sleep in peace.

Although Leo’s are insectivores, it isn’t uncommon for adult Leopard Geckos to attempt to eat babies. 

Housing Options For Multiple Leopard Geckos

If you’re still considering owning multiple Leopard Geckos, you need to consider the different enclosure types and how you can get your Leo’s to fit in them comfortably with enough space to thrive.

Adult Leopard Geckos can grow to 11” and need a minimum of 40 gallons of space in the enclosure. This means you need to add another 40 gallons per Leo.

Below are three types of enclosures you can purchase to house multiple Leopard Geckos.

Stacked Enclosures

Stacked enclosures are a rarity to find, but ReptiZoo provides great-quality enclosures of all shapes and sizes. They even make custom-fitted enclosures designed to the specifications of your needs.

The option of having stacked enclosures is great because it saves space in your home whilst simultaneously keeping your pet Leo’s separate and safe from each other. The vertical build of them even stops them from viewing other Leo’s in the other enclosures.

Larger Enclosures

If the stacked enclosure approach isn’t a viable option for you, you’ll need to go bigger to provide your Leo’s with enough space to roam around with the least amount of chance of conflict.

As I mentioned, you need a minimum of 40 gallons per Leopard Gecko. So housing up to three Leo’s will require 120 gallons with dimensions of 48” x 24” x 24”.

Multiple Enclosures

If you have enough space for multiple enclosures, be safe with the placement of them. Even if you think you’ve separated your Leo’s. If they can still see each other through the glass, it’ll cause them to be territorial and potentially injure themselves during displays of dominance.

Purchasing enclosure backgrounds is a great way to have the enclosures next to each other and prevent them from viewing eachother as you only need to cover one side and this will not obstruct your view of your pets.

Summary

The cohabitation of Leopard Geckos isn’t something I recommend, however, if it’s something you want to do remember the only viable option is when multiple females are housed together. And this isn’t always a good idea.

Constant monitoring and specific enclosure setups are required to ensure the safety of your pets.

I recommend using multiple enclosures or stacked enclosures for those of you who want multiple Leopard Geckos.

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