Leopard Gecko Tails

The tails on Leopard geckos are one of the fascinating parts of a leopard gecko’s body.  Their tail should be fatter than their stomach.  Leopard geckos that have a real thin tail are unhealthy or possibly sick.  In this article, I want to discuss everything about leopard geckos tails.

Leopard Gecko Tail Loss

Like a lot of lizards, leopard geckos do drop their tails.  They do this to distract the predator that might be trying to eat them.  Their tails keep moving for a short duration of time after it detaches.  It is a defensive mechanism that distracts the predator long enough so they can run into a hide.

Leopard Gecko Tail Loss Care


Leopard Gecko New TailDon’t freak out if your leopard gecko drops their tail.  They are terrified if this does happen.  Let your gecko chill out in their hide for about 30 minutes to an hour.  If you try to pick up your leopard gecko after losing their tail, they should be very panicky.

If your leopard gecko is in the sand, I will remove them right away, though.  The reason is that we don’t want sand to get in their blood.  They could get infected and could even die.

First Aid Wound Care

  • If you’re leopard gecko has cage mates remove the leopard gecko that lost their tail.
  • In their new habitat make sure you just use paper towels or gecko carpet for a substrate.
  • With their moist hide make sure you remove their moss.  You don’t want that to get in their cut.  I would use a paper towel for their moist hide.
  • You can use a disinfectant with a cotton bud to gently dab the leopard geckos cut.  I found this excellent article on disinfectants for reptiles: click here.

If you notice that your leopard gecko is swelling, oozing, or getting red you might want to consider taking them to the vet right away.

Load Up On Food
Since a good amount of their food reserve is stored in their tail, your going to want to make sure you give them plenty of food so they can recover quicker.  I do recommend getting some wax worms because they help fatten up your leopard gecko.  Only give them 2 or 3 wax worms a day because leopard geckos can get addicted to wax worms.  It’s important to feed them extra calcium to make sure they are getting the proper nutrients to recover quickly.

How Long Does A Leopard Gecko Tail Take To Grow Back

If you feed them properly, it usually takes about 65 days for it to grow back fully.  It won’t ever look the same, though.  Instead, it will be smoother and have a knob shape to it.


It’s common for leopard geckos to drop their tail if they are frightened.  Maybe, you picked them up by their tail, and you freaked them out.  Don’t do that again if that was the problem.  Sometimes leopard geckos fight (even two females).  It’s important to separate them if they are fighting.  Two males should never be housed together.   Personally, I have never had my leopard geckos lose their tails, but in case it ever happens you now know how to treat it.