Pets teach responsibility, and that is a good thing for both kids and adults alike. Having to care for another creature means you need to really understand the pet and its costs very well. For us, that tends to mean reading as much as you possibly can about them.
From biology or care, having this knowledge will make raising your new friend much easier, and it will allow you to keep them healthy. One pet that seems to be pretty popular is lizards.
When we look at lizards, the cutest and the one we would recommend is the leopard gecko. There are many books out there on this little guy, so we wanted to help you by recommending a few of the books we think are the best leopard gecko books out there.
Best Leopard Gecko Books: 5 Best Picks
Leopard Geckos – Complete Herp Care
This first edition paperback was written by Gerald and Cindy Merker. The authors each have a Bachelor of Science in zoology and have written several articles on the history and care of reptiles. Within those 128 pages, you will learn about keeping your gecko healthy as well as how to house them and about what they should eat, among a lot of other great information.
Leopard Geckos – Complete Herp Care is well written and easy to read, making it a great option for those who are buying it for a younger child. The book is chock full of amazing facts about leopard geckos and other breeds of geckos as well. Along with the easy to digest body of text, there are colorful pictures. For us, we love this book because it covers everything in one book, and as we said, it is easy for everyone to read.
That being said, if you are looking for a book that is solely about leopard geckos, you will want to look for another book. Half of the book does center on this very popular reptile, but the rest of the book covers other breeds. But for us, that still wasn’t enough to take it off our recommendation list.
The Leopard Gecko Manual (2nd Edition)
Our next suggestion is a second edition paperback guide that covers habitat, breeding, and health issues, along with tons of other informative subjects you will need to ensure you take care of your scaled friend properly. The Leopard Gecko Manual is a collaborative guide written by Philippe de Vosjoli and a team of experts. The book can be used by the beginner all the way to the more experienced lizard owners.
The 184 pages that make up this leopard gecko guide are chock full of useful information paired with brilliant photographs to help give a visual aid while learning about these beautiful lizards. We like this book as a research tool as well as a quick reference guide when any questions come up.
Like many books about leopard geckos, there are several points in the book when they discuss other breeds. So once again, if you’re a purist and don’t want anything else about other breeds to get in the way, then you might take a look at other options. For us, this happens so little, and the rest of the information is so valuable that it is easy to overlook this, and that is why we recommend it.
Leopard Gecko in Captivity
From the Professional Breeders Series, Leopard Gecko In Captivity is an excellent resource for those looking to bring a leopard gecko into their lives. Robbie Hamper uses his knowledge to bring us an informative guide on elements ranging from general information to health, disease, and so much more. This book will help any leopard gecko owner find their way to ensuring a healthy habitat and a long life for their pet.
For us, this is more of a book to be partnered with other resources (we will discuss below). But the general information and the pictures are nice touches. You will get a lot from this book. It is a basic book, and for the price, you will definitely get a lot of value.
However, unfortunately, the book was published in 2004, which means that some of the information is out of date. This is what we suggest this guide as a resource but only to be used with other guides. Paired with one of the other books on this list Leopard Gecko in Captivity is a valuable tool.
The Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos
The next leopard gecko book is from the same groups that wrote the second book we looked at. Philippe de Vosjoli and his team in The Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos take a more in-depth and more advanced look at this lizard. Within the 260 pages of this book, they look at sex, genetics, and other breeding topics, also taking on such in-depth topics as social behaviors and cannibalism.
This book is definitely a good read and perfect for those looking to get deeper into the breeding avenue of leopard geckos. Though we wouldn’t suggest just going with this book if you are just getting into leopard geckos, it is definitely one that we recommend to take your leopard gecko care and breeding to the next level. The informative bulk of the book is accompanied by vibrant and beautiful images too.
The advanced nature of this book is the only thing that would keep us from recommending it to everyone. Once again, we love this book, and for those serious leopard gecko enthusiasts, this is a great book, but if you are looking for something to get to help you learn how to care for your new pet, one of the first books is a much better choice.
How to Care for Your Leopard Gecko
When we were choosing the books we most wanted to share with you, we knew there had to be one that would be quick and easy to read. This book would also need to be suitable for younger readers and novices to take care of leopard geckos. That is why we chose The Leopard Gecko: How to Care For Your Leopard Gecko and Everything You Need To Know To Keep Them Well.
Even though the title is long, it describes exactly what you are going to get with this 50-page guide to caring for your leopard gecko. Dr. Gordon Roberts delivers an informative book that details everything you need to know to make sure you are properly raising your leopard gecko.
There is a lot of information, but it is a short book. Because of this, we feel that some of the information is not as detailed as we would like. Topics like the amount of feed could have been a more prominent section than the book makes it. Other than that, there isn’t much else that we find wrong with this book. It is a great accompaniment gift for that leopard gecko you are thinking of giving the young person in your life.
Leopard geckos are a pretty popular pet, and so there is a lot of information out there. This can be found on a website or in one of the books we just recommended. These books are the ones we think are the best out there, and we hope we have helped you find a book that will work for you.