One real problem you might run into as a leopard gecko owner is your leo might decide to make a jail break :-).
Usually, this seems to happen at night, since they are nocturnal and come out of their hides at night and explore.
Just about every leopard gecko owner has at one time woke up one morning and checked on their gecko only to realize that they are not there. It’s important that you don’t freak out when this happens. I have personally experienced leopard geckos escaping their tank over the years, and want to give you some pointers on how to get them back.
Don’t Freak Out Just Yet!
First, you have to understand leopard geckos before beginning to look for them. Since these lizards are burrowers by nature; they probably won’t be laying out in plain view. Leopard gecko’s minds work in a very simple fashion. They seek shelter, sleep, and then look for food. That is it; all the reptilian mind wants is shelter and food. They usually want a hide that is very sturdy and is hot.
So, let’s say your gecko escapes; where do you think they might be? Honestly, leopard geckos are usually found within 6 feet of their tank.
Remember these spots to check:
- Under the refrigerator.
- Under the stove.
- Under beds.
- Under the couch.
- Under end tables.
- Under TV stands.
- Under washer/dryer.
OK, I know this is worrying (particularly the first time!). So if you are freaking out, just remember that you don’t have to get your leopard gecko back immediately. As my leopard gecko feeding guide shows leos can go three weeks without eating. They have a very slow metabolism and store their fat in their tail which they can then use in case they get hungry.
Back To Finding Them: Clean Up Time
What I typically do is pick up everything off the floor. This means all shoes, clothes, etc. I clean the house up a bit and check shoes to make sure my leopard gecko hasn’t crawled up in there. Then, I put these on a shelf so I don’t have to keep rechecking them. Check clothing and bed sheets too. Shake them loosely, though. Geckos like to crawl into tight little spots.
Then, I check under all the furniture to see if I can find a little gecko sleeping under it. For me, it seems like Speedy is always hiding under the refrigerator. Every time she escapes she appears to be there. However, if you don’t locate your gecko for a couple of days or even a week don’t worry. They are sneaky little lizards.
TIP: Use Their Hides
This seems to work about 80% of the time if you know the general area they might be in. I would recommend putting their favorite hide on the floor and checking it in the morning to see if they crawled back into it.
This works because it’s something that they are used to and feel safe hiding in. You can move the hide around to somewhere different each night if they are not in there in the morning when you check.
TIP: Know Where They Are, But Can’t Get Them Out?
I know this scenario all too well. You know your leopard gecko is under the refrigerator, but you can’t just call their name, and they will come running to you. I wish it worked that way, but sadly it just doesn’t :-).
Instead, you have to get some super worms or waxworms (their favorite food) and let the worm crawl around a bit. Your leo will get interested in the food, and come out to get it.
It’s important to stay very still and don’t make any loud noises when your leopard gecko comes out. Instead, you are going to want to stay really quiet and place a cardboard box over them. Optionally, you can try to pick them up. But leos are very fast and sneaky – they usually get away when you try to pick them up and they don’t want you to!
Don’t worry because it might take a number of different tries when you’re trying to catch an escaped leopard gecko. Speedy drives me up the wall when she makes a jailbreak, but just remember to be persistent and you will eventually get your them back.
Securing Your Tank?
Make sure that you have a mesh lid. If you haven’t already read setting up a leopard gecko habitat and my best tank guide. A lot of times the little guys like to climb the rocks and can hang over the edge and push the lid up a little. Since they are very small and can maneuver their little bodies they can easily squeeze out. I like to put something on the top of their lids so they can’t get out. You can remove vertical hides if they become problematic.
Also, you can get a taller tank so they can’t reach the top and climb out. I have made these adjustments, and I have been gecko escape free for over a year now. Hopefully, you learn from your first mistake and don’t have to learn the lesson four times like I have had to do :-).
WOW! Thanks for all the input on where to find my Precious. I had to have my dishwasher replaced and low and behold that is where she was hiding and freezing going to the fridge, I am sure. I was just starting to set up stations around the apartment for her to hide and have water and food. I could not sleep last night thinking that my baby was gone. Now I will make sure that both of the doors are closed and for the little Leo, which is called Cleopatra, will have her home also secured. What a scare and nightmare this was. Lesson LEARNED!
Again, thanks for all the input.
About 2 weeks ago I got my big personality leopard geckos. Edison (4mo), Edith (1yr) and Evelynn (1yr). Because I have such a large setup, Evelynn and Edit are housed together, while Edison has his own smaller set up. The only reason I house my 2 females together is because they came to me together and I have an extra large setup. Last night when I got up to check on them, I accidentally left their sliding glass door open about half an inch. I didn’t know this at the time, and went to bed. I normally don’t check on them in the morning because they’re usually asleep in their hides when I leave for school. This afternoon evening, decided to go check on them because I noticed Edith was up. After not being able to find Evelyn, I began to get a little worried. She was my sweet one, who usually had a favorite hide that she didn’t go too far from. When I couldn’t find her, I dug up one of the hides that they used when they shed. Again I didn’t find her. After panic looking in my room and only finding a massive spider, I began to scour that flat. When I couldnt find her there either, I turned to this article. Reading all the comments made me feel a lot better and I decided to wait until night to see if she would come out. As I was sitting there reading the comments, I heard little scratches coming from underneath the nightstand. I just about had a heart attack when I removed the drawer and found her freezing in the corner underneath . Anyways, long story short, thank you to all the lovely people who share their stories about finding their geckos.
We couldn’t find our gecko for over 4 weeks. One day he just crept out (maybe from the chimney). He was super thin and thirsty but alive! Don’t ever give up hope.
I’ve just found my leopard gecko after a 24 hour search! He was under the hoover! This page was so helpful and the comments were so reassuring.
What a Godsend you are! We found Lewes 10 minutes after reading your article. Still trying to get him from under the washer/dryer, but we will! Took his favorite hides into an enclosure outside of the washer. Also put his sauna in there. I am sure we will get my Lewes thanks to your article. Thanks, Ahbumba.
We just found our two weeks old gecko. He pushed his mesh cover which wasn’t locked and escaped. The worst thing is that my daughter asked me to look after him when she was away for a weekend and that little rascal ran away. Needless to say we were devastated. His terrarium was on my daughter’s desk on the second floor in the house. We have two dogs (one of them is a beagle). We searched everywhere upstairs. Found little gecko poop in bathroom upstairs after he was two days missing and assumed he was there. But he wasn’t. Last night my daughter found him in the kitchen downstairs! We have hardwood floor everywhere and we thought he wouldn’t be able to go downstairs as he was too small to handle steep hardwood stairs. But he did! He was missing almost one week . My daughter used her phone flashlight and went downstairs to the kitchen around 11:30pm and found him between the dog bowls. Poor thing was probably thirsty and hungry. He looked directly into her eyes and tried to run away but she covered him quickly with empty dog bowl. Do not lose hope! Look for your gecko when it’s dark and quiet in the house. Also thank you everyone who posted here. Reading about all the experiences made us feel much better.
My darling Clementine has been found after about a week and a half. She was chilling in my closet behind some guitar cases. She happily came out for some worms after a nap in the enclosure. This site gave me some excellent tips and hope. Thanks again, folks!
My gecko Fraisher went missing around 11:30 today, I’m worried sick about her. She went into the attic part behind my bed and I’m new in the city… I’m crying so much my eyes are red. I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. I’m worried she might have gotten into some vents. I’m beginning to lose hope, I know I shouldn’t, I know I shouldn’t. Please help…
Hi! It’s been a bit over a month now, did you find your gecko? I hope all is well with you and if you didn’t find it then i hope you’re alright! sending love <3
Today I lost my leopard gecko Chubbs. For a little bit I lost hope after tearing up the entire house with my whole family. After reading all these comments, we decided to take a breath and wait to look at night. We found him tonight not far from his cage just like everyone suggested. So don’t lose hope. 🙂
My leo Dash got out Friday night somehow (kids aren’t admitting anything). I’ve cried so much my eyes were so puffy. Tore the house apart but I’ve now made a little trap with a bottle and worms in it with flour all round it near his tank. And his hide and water. These comments have settled me a bit. Fingers crossed I find him 😭
I haven’t found my gecko in a couple months any hope? Please respond!
Two things: has there been a nasty rotting smell in your apartment lately? If yes, then he’s most likely in a better place now. Another thing, is that if you have any other pets (cats, dogs etc) roaming the house freely, or even if you sometimes let your cute little ball python get a break from their cage, then they might have eaten him too. Other than this, he might have just survived somewhere under your couch, eating up on dead flies.
Gotta wish you luck, lol
(I really do believe you can find your pet, since they are REAL good at surviving. They might look fragile, but they are not)
I found mine that I lost when it was a few days old, only a hatchling and today I found it at 7 months old. I don’t even know how it’s alive and healthy as well and I have a cat and even the cat didn’t find it! Till one day it decided to show up and I was in shock. I still can’t believe it’s alive after 7 months.
I lost my gecko for five months and I assumed he was dead after the first few weeks. Then when I was cleaning up I found him under the wardrobe with a big pile of poop just behind him. XD
So my cat (Kitty) actually got my leopard gecko (Taco) out of her cage… I believe it happened last night because I noticed the top of her cage was not closed all the way this morning. Me and my kids have looked EVERYWHERE. We live in a 2 bedroom apt and I don’t think there are a lot of places to be hiding, but I know they’re sneaky. I’m relieved to hear everyones stories about their geckos coming back to them, but I don’t know how many homes had a cat roaming around the house as well. I have not found any evidence that she ate her, no remains or blood or anything at all. Kitty has not shown any aggression to Taco before. She’s very curious but she’s never pounced or stalked her when I have her out… but cats are crazy, so who knows. Anyways… I turned the heaters on so Taco will have something warm all around the apartment to gravitate to (they are all along the walls) and I put her hut out with her UTH under it. If anyone has any tips on what else I can do since I have a cat that roams around all night and my nocturnal escapee, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you.
Hi! I’m in the same position as you…😢 we were cleaning my sons leopard gecko’s tank 2 weeks ago. While we were cleaning, we had him in the box we bought him home in. We have had him for about 3 months. When we went to put him back in his tank the box was completely empty. We have searched everywhere. Upstairs, downstairs, in the floor vents, inside dressers, closets, under refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. We have searched every day, every night. There is no sign of him. No droppings, no sheds, NOTHING. We’ve left boxes and hides out and check them multiple times a day. We are feeling so defeated right now. My son is devastated. He saved up his own money since he was 4 to buy this gecko and habitat. How long do I tirelessly continue to search? I don’t see how he could’ve gotten outside, but that’s all I’ve left to think. We do have a dog, but he is a lazy gentle giant. He doesn’t even chase squirrels or anything outside. I just don’t know what else to do. I’m losing hope!
Same I have lost mine for a few months and I am losing hope.
This is kinda what happened to my baby Crystal.
Omg, I’m panicking a lot! I haven’t checked up on my leo, Stitch, for like a day cause I have been busy at work. And a while ago my mom screamed and said that she saw my leo walk through her feet and go underneath the stove! I checked the stove all over, I even picked it up with help and nothing! I don’t know how long he has been out of his tank and I’m scared to death. I checked my room all over and by his tank and nothing. I looked all over my room every spot and nothing, then the kitchen, the bathroom, nothing. And I don’t think he might of gone to the living room because he would of had to pass by my dog Bailey and my dog would have barked or grabbed him so no and my moms room neither as the door was closed, and I was near it. So I don’t know what to do next. My house became a mess with me looking all over with my mom and I’m scared cause my dog Bailey is in the house, I live in a apartment so I’m not going to be able to sleep at all.
My friend has a gecko it escaped 1 YEAR ago and he forgot about her. He found it in the bathroom 1 month ago surviving on all of the crickets and roaches in their house 🤢.
OMG you just have me so much hope.
So, a few days ago, I accidentally left the lid off my leopard gecko’s tank for a few hours. A couple days pass and he hasn’t come out of his hide (there’s a section he likes that you can’t see him in) and I leave him alone because it sounds like he might be starting to shed and doesn’t want to be bothered. After 2 days, I actually lift up his hides and can’t find him anywhere. Like 2 days of crying pass and we can’t find him anywhere and we’re worried because we have a 2 story house where the upstairs is way warmer than the downstairs and there’s a chance he might get too cold downstairs if he ended up going down. We cleaned the room he was in and moved everything like boxes and suitcases and duffle bags to another room. I left his hides by the closet and in the other room adjacent. No luck. There’s a pile of blankets about 4 feet high in the closet. I had a feeling he was in there, but didn’t want to accidentally topple it and hurt him. Today I decided to piece apart that pile and he was somehow near the top! I cried. He was so cold, so we held him to warm him up while I cleaned up his cage and when we put him back, that was the first time I actually saw him drink. He was so thirsty.
Hi!! I just wanted to leave a little comment for any gecko owners out there who lost there leo. I woke up to say good morning to him and I searched his tank and I couldn’t find him. It was heart BREAKING. Which it is for any loving gecko owner. Keep in mind he is a 3 month old leapord gecko so he is 4 inches! So I was worried sick. Anyways, of course my first reaction was to start SOBBING and get my sister and we started searching everywhere. It’s like he disappeared out of then air. I started setting up heat lamps everywhere with water and hiding huts under them praying he would come back to get heat. I put flour over EVERY ROOM in my house! We searched all day then at night we turned off all the lights and used flashlights to try to see the glare in his eyes and still NOTHING. I was already losing hope. I woke up the next morning, checked everything and still nothing. I was feeing helpless and didn’t know what to do. It became night time and we went to search, I started cleaning up everything when I went under my enclosures stand to get some paper towels and boom, this bright yellow gecko staring at me! I started crying I was so happy. My biggest mistake was losing hope. Do NOT lose hope – some people find their geckos after MONTHS, luckily I found mine in just 2 days.
Here are some tips I would give:-
1. search in every spot you would never guess he would be.
2. keep in mind leos are nocturnal so they will be up and moving at night, so turn off all the lights and search with only flashlights (be super quiet they have super good hearing so they will hear you coming and run).
3. do not lose hope – this is so important because geckos are super sneaky and there are so many places they could be!
4. if your gecko escaped his enclosure then I would search the room he was in THOROUGHLY, it’s crazy how many geckos are found just 6ft away from their start point.
5. if you have a hard wood floor/tile I would put flour on the floor because you will be able to see his little tracks.
6. check under washer/dryer, underneath the refrigerator and utility rooms – they provide heat so it is often that they’re found there.
7. close ALL windows and doors – if you have dogs/cats try to keep them away until your missing leo is found – same with little kids
After finding your leo which YOU WILL! Make sure to take the precautions to make sure he can’t get out again because I promise you the first chance they get out of their tank they will. And it’s CRAZY how they get out of the tank. Mine is only 3 months old and snuck out of his tank and I swear I STILL can’t figure out how he did it. Anyways my BIGGEST tip is to not lose hope and make your motivation being able to see him once you find him. If you have any questions or anything feel free to reply because I know when I lost my leo I was searching EVERYWHERE for some good tips!
It really freaks you out when they go missing. But that’s so great you found him! Thanks so much for sharing your story 🙂
Ours seems to have escaped last night. So as you can guess, we’re frantically looking. The door to the garden is about 6ft away from the tank. Do you think he’s wandered outside? It’s pretty warm these days in Denmark.
I just got a new leo 2 weeks ago and he climbed out today. He was loose in my house for 6 hours! But luckily he stayed in my room (your 6 ft suggestion helped me narrow my searching) he was watching me looking for him in my closet! Lol, the little rascal! Thank you for helping me to chill out and find him!
This actually helped me find my little sisters gecko. And this website also helped me see if me geckos tail movements were normal.
Hi there! In case I’m not able to get a mesh lid is there any material/substance to put around the terrarium that avoids gecko from escaping. Something that would make them slip…
I lost my leo Mushu and I had a panic. Tears, sobbing, the lot. But then my Mushu came out to comfort me. Just walked right up!
Do geckos sense our emotions like dogs and cats do? And if they can, would they care? I’d like to think so.
I personally believe they can sense emotion pretty well. For instance, one big reason reptiles tend to react better to someone they don’t know picking them up is usually their calmness. I believe it to be possible they would be able to feel your sadness and possibly react with comfort.
HELP! Now I am an owner of a crested and leopard gecko. We live in a house that is 120 yrs old and my leopard gecko escaped underneath the floor! Now we have holes in the floor, do we just wait for him? We also put food and water out and he’s eating it but we can’t find him, someone help!
My son’s leopard gecko (“Google”) went missing a week ago. We live in a double storey house and Google’s cage was upstairs in my son’s bedroom. He left one of the sliding doors to the cage ever so slightly open and, ta da, the Houdini master escaped. A week of tears and working out survival rates and searching non stop. Add two dogs and two cats in the mix the odds weren’t good. Tonight as a last resort we moved the fridge, and what did we find… the Google. How did he get down two flights of stairs? Happy to say he is back in his cage safe, one happy son and a weight off one mom’s shoulders. Dont give up hope is all I can say.
Hi, I’m just wondering if you could give me some advice as I’m in the same situation and there’s no sign of him anywhere.
I lost my leopard gecko SEVEN MONTHS AGO. I just found him walking around. You might get lucky like I did! He’s so skinny though. But he’s drinking a lot. Don’t lose hope! Even if you haven’t found him in a couple months, he may still be alive!
I have spotted our leopard gecko a year later, still not caught her, she is healthy and in our kitchen.
Hope we can finally get her back. I thought she got our the back door.
Going to try food and hide.
A year ago I bought a leopard gecko for my 6 year old son. We bought the standard smaller terrarium along with all the fixin’s. Hiding rocks, fake trees, green moss, heat lamp etc.
After having this gecko for a few weeks, we thought he might want a friend. We bought a second leopard gecko and placed him in the same terrarium. A few weeks later we noticed one of the geckos was missing. The top of the terrarium was the standard metal mesh top, but it had been slightly bent and I was not using the clips. The fake tree did reach the top, so I felt it plausible that it could’ve escaped that way.
We decided to buy another gecko and also a larger tank. I chose to go with a 30 gallon aquarium because for some reason, aquariums are cheaper than terrariums (even though an aquarium needs to be stronger to hold the weight of the water… anyway). We now have two leopard geckos in a large aquarium with 12 inches of nothing but glass from the highest fake tree or anything. I left the top of the aquarium with the folding glass doors it came with, and left one open to allow for oxygen.
After a few weeks, we noticed both geckos had escaped. Feeling frustrated, we left the aquarium as is for about 6 months and decided not to buy any more geckos for a while. We finally decided to buy two more, but first decided to clean out the tank. Well, while doing that, under one of the hiding rocks, we found a lot of skin shedding and the carcass of one gecko. I felt so horrible. I guess one didn’t escape and I never noticed. The poor guy must’ve starved to death. Horrible.
So we buy two more geckos, and place them in the aquarium. For a few weeks, all seems good. I had been keeping the lid closed at all times unless we were feeding them. I made sure to open it daily to make sure oxygen was entering.
Bear with me, I know this is crazy long, but it’s about to get good.
A few days ago, I check on the geckos, and one is missing! WTF! By the way, the shop didn’t have two leopard geckos last time, so we got one fancy gecko and one leopard gecko. The leopard gecko was the one that was gone again.
So, a week later, I decided to clean the aquarium and redesign the items inside. This was two days ago. I took the fancy gecko out (the only one I have left), put him into a separate container. I pull the carpet (cloth bottom), all the green moss, every item out of the tank. Throw away the carpet and moss and a couple of the fake structures. I vacuum the entire tank clean. There is nothing left in the tank at all (I have a witness to this). We have one fancy gecko in a container.
I place new carpet, new moss, new structures in the tank and place the fancy gecko back in. Feed him plenty of crickets, and give him a few mealworms (which I have done with all the geckos). So, that was two days ago.
THIS IS WHERE IT GETS GOOD.
Today, I was watching my 6 year old son, his 7 year old friend and his friends 9 year old daughter. The daughter was stoked about the gecko, so I pulled up the only hiding spot, took out the only gecko (the fancy one) and she held him and played with him. We put him back in the aquarium and then I took them to soccer practice. My son and I come home, make dinner, he goes to sleep. I look in the tank and there are two geckos!
They are both leopard geckos! This afternoon I only had one fancy gecko. I pick up the hiding spot and the fancy gecko is hiding in there, and there are the other two leopard geckos running around. I swear, a few hours ago the tank only had one fancy gecko. I had left the clear plastic cover closed on the tank. Two leopard geckos appeared in the tank out of nowhere. I had completely cleaned the tank empty. How the heck did they get into the tank!?
I am under the impression that leopard geckos can’t climb the glass. Even if they did to get out, that means they climbed it to get back in – and had to lift up the lid. I am so confused. Has anyone had anything happen like this ever?? I had one fancy gecko this afternoon and now I have one fancy gecko and two leopard geckos that had been MIA. One for a few weeks and one for months!
Help! The tank is on a stand 3 feet from the floor. I am so confused!!!
Omg! That’s so crazy! And leopard geckos can’t climb glass, so I have absolutely no idea how they got back in. One possibility may be that one leo bred with the fancy gecko as they can climb glass. So maybe they bred and two mixes got out, found the cage again and climbed back in when you were playing with the fancy and hid when you put it back. Then when you later checked the cage they had unhidden themselves? I don’t know but it’s a possibility.
My albino gecko almost got out and today he jumped at the glass/me? Is this normal?
Can you explain the situation more? Geckos when they are exploring can do all sorts of goofy things depending on their personality and their mood. It shouldn’t be any concern if they jumped at the glass.
Please dont house leopard geckos together :0 they are solitary and do not hang out together in the wild. They might seem fine and then one day one kills the other, which would be very horrible for anyone to see, especially if your son is only 6.
Your site is a couple of years old, I hope you still get this! It’s very informative, thank you. My geckos are 2 1/2 years old. Male and female. I’ve never had any problems with them until today. Lucy was shedding and was having problems. I put her in a warm bath, and noticed that she had four gouges on her tail. Not bleeding but open and red. I wasn’t sure what to do for first aid, so I let her stay in the bath and applied some antibiotic ointment. They have always been healthy, but lately neither of them are eating and not going to the bathroom! It’s been three days and NO sign of urine or waste. I don’t think they are impacted, but neither have eaten for a few days. Ricky shed a couple of days ago, still not eating. I know this happens once in a while, but I’ve never experienced them not going to the bathroom. Between that and her gouges…any ideas?
Hey there. This might be a couple months late but better Late than never. Leopard geckos don’t urinate, they only dispose of solid waste. Do you use sand or reptile carpet to house your two geckos? If you use sand your geckos might be impacted. Geckos have semitransparent skin so it is easy to see if they are impacted. If you use blue reptile sand, you would see a swollen belly with blue inside. You can have your gecko lay on their back or put them in a clear-bottom container and look at them from below. I always use blue sand for my lizards as it is easy to see if they are impacted. Colors like tan or yellow would be much more difficult to see. If she is not eating, what type of food are you giving her? Crickets are good sources of nutrition for geckos but they can hop around and be difficult for geckos to catch. Mealworms, hornworms and super worms are also good, though their staple food should be gut-loaded and calcium-dusted crickets or mealworms. Try giving them some wax worms as these are like candy to geckos. This has worked many times for me in the past when a gecko is not eating. Just do not give them more than two a week as they can get “addicted” to wax worms and become overweight. If your gecko is shedding, be sure to provide him or her with a moist mossy hide and use a spray bottle to keep the moss moist. You can also lightly spray your gecko with warm water as well. Never pull or rip a geckos shedding skin off, as you may rip skin that is not ready to come off and cause bleeding and pain. If shedded skin is caught around a geckos hands or feet, soak your gecko in 1-2 centimeters of warm water. If this does not get their skin off, spray and VERY GENTLY pull their skin off. As for the gouges, that should be reason enough to take your gecko to a veterinarian. Do not put human antibiotic ointment on a gecko, especially with open wounds, as these can be toxic to geckos and cause infections and serious harm. Never use a reptile antibiotic cream without a veterinarians advice. Since your gecko has both gouges and is not eating, you should immediately take him/ her to a veterinarian that is specialized in treating reptiles. A quick search on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Firefox or almost any other web browser will yield results for a reptile veterinarian near you. Simply search “Reptile Veterinarian (Your City Here)” and make an appointment as soon as possible. I hope this helps, and I hope your gecko is doing better!
A sliding top screen that slides into the aquarium works really good and can fix that problem. Zoo Med makes one but don’t use the sand that comes with the leopard gecko kit due to impaction. I had a hatchling escape the incubator and since my garage doors were open it’s probably in the yard somewhere. Looked for 5 hours for it, but I still have the other one. Maybe I’ll find it, if it wasn’t a certain climate I wouldn’t be so freaked out. Maybe it’s still in the garage fingers crossed!
Really great advice and ideas, Garen. I’ve been fortunate to not have anything escape on me just yet, but I wouldn’t have a clue where to start looking if it did. I have way too many things in my room for small lizards to hide in.
Is there any kind of trap you can make get your leopard gecko back?
Here is a an article I found with some more tips on how to catch a gecko: https://www.wikihow.com/Catch-a-Gecko
What a great post! I was stationed in the Philippines for several years and had an introduction to these little fellows. Whether they were leopard geckos or not, I’m not sure. But they were definitely entertaining! And yes, they were in the most interesting places. You definitely needed patience in dealing with them. This is certainly great advice for the ambitious owner of these little guys!
They probably weren’t leopard geckos because the Philippines has a tropical climate. The humidity is much too high there. This article shows were leopard geckos are found in the wild.
Yeah I agree with @leopordgeckoland it was probably a tokay. My family is from Thailand where tokays are also very common. Leopard geckos typically have a fatter tail, darker eyes, less vibrant pattern, and are honestly much much kinder and easy to handle than tokay geckos. In Thailand, there’s even a saying that if you are bad, a tokay will eat your liver. Tokays also have a pretty scary scream that they use much more often than leopard geckos. It’s cool if you found some nice ones tho! Tokays somewhat scare me because of how common it is to find one in your house in Thailand. They’re like the way we see spiders mice or cockroaches here.
Oh, what sneaky little lizards! Who would have thought these cunning little creatures can manage to escape even a closed tank. You have good advice on where to look for them in case they escape. I would have never thought of looking under a fridge.
This was a delightful read. Some friends who lived in the tropics said when you see a gecko climbing a wall it means the wall is clean, since the traction on the soles of their feet can’t stick to dirty walls! Is that true?
Love the design of your site–it’s fun.
I’m not sure if that is true or not :). However, leopard geckos can not climb glass walls, because they don’t have any suction on their feet. You’re probably thinking of crested geckos. Those are found in the rainforest, though.
Had one that escaped before. I cant remember where I found it but I don’t think it took me long. The trick is to move everything real slowly and if you’re gecko is used to you they don’t mind if you just pick them up. Anyway make sure your tank is locked up!!
Hey there! I just got a gecko 2 months ago and will be sure to bookmark this post. Thanks for your post. I thought your post was very informative. If I lost a leopard gecko, I would freak out so much. Thank you for your experiences and informing others of what to due incase of the escape of a pet. This website is awesome! How long does it usually take before you get your leopard gecko back on average?
There is no cut and dried response to getting your leopard gecko back. I have gone as long as 2-3 months with Speedy under the refrigerator. I fed her superworms and she ate them up and ran back under the refrigerator. Very frustrating! Shrek escaped once and I got him back right away because he’s the type of gecko that will just walk right up to you.
We just caught our gecko – it escaped five months ago!
How to get a leopard gecko out of the chimney? Would he go all the way up to the roof? Will he eventually come back down? I’m so worried – we love him so much!