The Advantages of Housing Leopard Geckos in Tubs
Alternative Housing Options for Geckos
Keeping reptiles in tubs or rack systems is becoming more and more popular amongst your average reptile hobbyists. Rack systems used to be seen in only large collections and large breeds. As more people discover the advantages of tubs versus typical housing (tanks for example), keeping even small collections in tubs has its benefits.
Pros and Cons of Plastic Tub Housing
Not a display case
Maintains proper heat
Easy to clean
Private and secure
Should You House Your Leopard Gecko in a Plastic Tub?
You can successfully keep Leopard Geckos in tubs with proper planning and research. Many people immediately put tubs totally off the list of possible housing options and wonder why anyone would choose to keep a Leopard Gecko in a plastic tub. While using tubs may not work in every situation, they are fairly versatile. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of keeping your Leopard Gecko in a tub.
- Saves space
- Easier to maintain proper heat
- Requires very little maintenance
- Easy to clean
- Provides your gecko with privacy and security
- Not a display cage
- Not aesthetically pleasing
The only real con of keeping your Leopard Geckos in tubs is purely from the human perspective. Many of the tubs available are colored or opaque and can be difficult to see through. If you are keeping only a few "Leos" as pets and watching their natural behavior is very important, I would suggest staying with glass tanks or specially made reptile enclosures. If you are looking for a safe, space-saving, beneficial way of housing that is inexpensive and easy to maintain, I would suggest plastic tubs.
Necessary Supplies for Your Leopard Gecko's Tub
- Appropriate-sized tub (listed below)
- Soldering iron
- Two hides (minimum)
- Humidity hide
- Water and food dishes
- Heat source
How to Set Up a Proper Habitat for Your Gecko
Setting up your Leopard Gecko's tub is very much the same as setting up a normal enclosure—the only key difference is actually making your tub habitable.
Select a Tub Size
Decide which size tub is ideal for your gecko based on its age. The guidelines below describe the minimum size requirement for any gecko. If you can give it more space, go for it!
- Hatchling to young adult: 6-quart tub
- One adult: 15-quart tub
- Multiple females or for breeding purposes: 28-quart tub
Make Air Holes
After you have chosen the appropriate-size tub based on the above recommendations and your own personal preference, it's time to put air holes in your tub. I recommend using a soldering iron to melt holes into your tub. Some people use a drill, but there is a very good chance that it could cause your tub to crack. Make enough holes to let fresh air in and to keep your humidity down.
Set Up the Habitat
After putting in your holes, it's time to start setting up your tub. Lay down your favorite substrate, and place your hides, humid hide, dishes, thermometer, and anything else you like to include inside your Leopard Gecko's enclosure inside the tub. Remember to provide the proper heat source such as a UTH or a Flexwatt.