Leopard Gecko Plants


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Choosing the right kind of plant for the leopard gecko’s enclosure is a crucial step in providing the best possible environment for your pet. Live and artificial plants are common decorations, reptile enthusiasts choose from. 

 

Artificial plants can be a good choice for leopard geckos since they don’t require any maintenance and are easy to clean. However, live plants are still the best option since they provide more than just decoration. Live plants add natural features to the enclosure that help regulate humidity levels, promote better air quality, and bring a bit of nature into the enclosure. Plants can also offer hiding spots for your leopard gecko and provide them with a place to thermoregulate their body temperatures.

The Best Plants for Leopard Gecko

Live plants can provide a more natural aesthetic, as well as provide cover and help to maintain humidity levels in the terrarium. When selecting plants for your leopard gecko terrarium, make sure to research each type of plant before placing it in the enclosure to ensure they are safe for reptiles. Some plants may contain toxins that can be hazardous to your pet’s health so it is important to do research.

 

Here are some of the best plants to place on your leopard gecko’s terrarium:

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant with thick, pointed leaves that are well-known for its healing properties. It also makes a great addition to any leopard gecko terrarium as it requires very little maintenance and can help create the right humidity levels in the enclosure.

 

Aloe vera is an excellent choice for your leopard gecko and one of the most popular live plants for terrariums. Not only does it look great, but aloe vera can also help clean the air in the terrarium.

 

To maintain aloe vera in your leopard gecko terrarium, you should make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and mist it with water once a week. Be careful when watering as over or under-watering can lead to the death of the plant.

Tillandsia

Tillandsia is an epiphytic plant that grows in trees, rocks, and other surfaces. It requires very little maintenance and no soil to grow, making it a great choice for leopard gecko terrariums.

 

Tillandsia is a hardy plant and can withstand low temperatures without any problems. Its leaves come in a variety of colors, making it a great addition to any terrarium set-up. To keep your tillandsia healthy, make sure to mist it with water at least once or twice a week and keep it in the shady area of the enclosure.

Jade Plant

The Jade Plant is a succulent with thick, glossy leaves and thick stems. It’s easy to care for and is perfect for any leopard gecko terrarium. The Jade Plant can even help regulate humidity levels in the enclosure, making it a great choice for your pet.

 

To keep your jade plant healthy and happy, make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and mist it with water at least once a week. Do not over-water the plant as this can lead to root rot and eventual death. Additionally, jade plants can be a good choice since  they require very little maintenance and need only indirect light to thrive.

Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy is a climbing plant that can be used to create a beautiful living wall in any leopard gecko terrarium. It’s easy to care for and can help regulate humidity levels in the enclosure, therefore making it a great choice for your pet.

 

To keep your devil’s ivy healthy, make sure  to mist it with water at least once a week. You can also give it indirect light for an added boost in growth. If you notice the leaves starting to yellow or brown, this could be a sign of over-watering and should be addressed immediately.

Snake plant

The Snake Plant is a hardy succulent with thick, pointed leaves and thick stems. It’s easy to care for and is perfect for any leopard gecko terrarium. The Snake Plant is also great at regulating the humidity levels in the enclosure.

 

To keep your snake plant thriving, make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and mist it with water at least once a week. Just like the previous plants, don’t over-water them as they are prone to root rot or other issues. Snake plants need little maintenance and are an excellent source of oxygen for your terrarium.

Echeveria

Echeveria is a succulent plant with thick, pointed leaves that come in a variety of colors. It’s easy to care for and is great at regulating the humidity levels in the enclosure. The advantage of using echeveria is that it requires minimal care and needs only indirect light to grow. 

 

Echeveria should be watered with a light spray from a misting bottle. This will ensure that the water penetrates deep into the soil and does not just sit on top of it. Be sure to let the soil dry out completely in between watering sessions. Over-watering must be avoided since this is one of the leading reasons for the death of this plant. 

String of Pearls

String of Pearls is a trailing succulent plant with small round leaves that resemble pearls strung together. These long trailing stems lined with small greenish pearls cascading down the side of the enclosure are a perfect way to landscape the enclosure. 

 

String pearls are visually appealing  and low maintenance. To care for this plant, make sure to mist it with water at least once a week. Also, remember not to over-water the plant since they are prone to root rot.

String of bananas

String of Bananas is a trailing succulent with small oval-shaped leaves that resemble bananas. This plant has long, trailing stems lined with small yellowish-green leaves that looks great landscape. 

 

String of Bananas is a great choice for a leopard gecko terrarium since it helps to regulate humidity levels in the enclosure. It’s visually appealing and low maintenance, requiring only indirect light and weekly misting with water. 

 

How to care 

Make sure to clean the plants before you place them in the enclosure by using a soft brush and warm water to remove the  dust and other particles that could be harmful to your pet. You should also change the soil with a fresh one to remove the fertilizers and other toxic chemicals. This will ensure that the plants remain healthy and your pet safe!

 

Additionally, fertilize the plants with an organic fertilizer  at least once a month to promote healthy growth. 

Conclusion

Leopard geckos are amazing creatures and deserve a great home! To further customize your leopard gecko terrarium, adding plants can be a great way to add some life to the enclosure. However, you should always remember to research each plant before placing it into the enclosure to make sure they are safe for your leopard gecko.

 

With proper care, these plants can make great additions to your leopard gecko terrarium and help create a healthy environment for your pet.  

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