Have you been wondering what the different types of Leopard Gecko are whether they are Super Giant, Giant or normal we will explore how to tell the difference between them and how that can effect the care needed for them.
A super giant leopard gecko is larger than a normal leopard gecko down to it’s genetics (commonly referred to as morphs), the super giant gene in leopard geckos is recessive this means they are uncommon and often command higher prices.
How do we classify super giant leopard geckos?
To classify if your leopard gecko fits into the super giant category it is important to use a combination of length and weight, this is to avoid classifying geckos which are overweight as giant or super giant incorrectly. If you are looking to identify which category a gecko falls into the chart below gives a breakdown of how to classify them.
|Male||Size (Length in inches)||Weight (Grams)|
|Female||Size (Length in inches)||Weight (Grams)|
If you are trying to breed super giant leopard geckos it is important to realise that females will be smaller, for the best chances of producing super giant babies you should be looking to use a super giant of each sex.
The largest reported leopard gecko currently belong to Moose who weighs in at 156 grams this is around double the average weight of a male leopard gecko and over double that of the average female.
How can you tell if a leopard gecko is a super giant?
It’s not possible to identify super giant leopard geckos from birth, whilst they do differ in size this is not a good indicator of how large they will be when fully grown, it is important in any leopard geckos development that it is fed a healthy diet, kept in an environment where it can correctly regulate it’s temperature and also is provided with enough calcium and vitamin D3 to meet it’s needs. The main determining factor of it’s eventual size based on the above being provided will be related to it’s genetics. Once your leopard gecko has reached it’s full size at around 12 months you will be able to measure and weigh it and refer to the chart above.
How much do you need to feed a super giant leopard gecko?
It is important to adjust diet to match the size of your leopard gecko, this should be something you start from when they are a baby and the amount of food provided will need to be increased as they grow. the below table outline the amount of food you should be feeding to your gecko.
|How often they need to eat||Amount of food|
|Baby Gecko (0-6 Months)||Once a day||2 Small insects for each inch of length|
|Juvenile Gecko (6-12 Months)||Every other day||2 Medium insects for each inch of length|
|Adult Gecko (12 Months+)||Every other day||2 Large insects for each inch of length|
What modifications need to be made to their home?
Whilst you will notice your leopard gecko is larger than if you had an average sized one a regular set-up should be largely suitable for a super giant. I would advise that you check that the hides are still suitable for purpose and able to accommodate a super giant comfortably, you will also want to monitor that they are not getting through the water too quickly and perhaps by a slightly larger dish if necessary, leopard geckos drink minimal amounts so this shouldn’t be an issue.