Juvenile Leopard Gecko crawling over a life succulent plant.

5 Perfect Plants for Your Leopard Gecko Tank

5 Perfect Plants for Your Leopard Gecko Tank

Leopard Gecko hunting a mealworm in his tank.

Geckos are climbers. They are irreverent battle tanks unimpressed with what they are climbing on. They are diggers given to destruction. Here's a short list of the toughest plants that can stand up to our happy irreverent battle tank travelers.

  1. Aloe plants - Require 85 degrees F and watering once a month.
  2. Air plants - Require 90 degrees F and no need to water. They don't need soil for planting but rock, log, branch or cliff formation to cling to.
  3. Sedge Grass - Require 100 degrees F and watering once a week. They grow thin and tank tall creating a river of grass to climb and hide in.
  4. Lithops - Require 80 degrees F and light watering twice a week. Most of the plant lives under the surface of the soil, with two "surface leaves" that show above ground. They look like stones, rather than plants. They are tough and can take all that toe traffic. Planting can create a paved road look.
  5. Hens and Chicks - Require 80 degrees F with light watering twice a week.
Leopard Gecko climbing on a log with air plants inside his tank.

    Considerations to your plantings.

    • Match your gecko tank temperatures to your plant's needs. If your tank is setup correctly, you should have temperature zones of hotter or cooler sides.
    • Group your succulents for identical watering needs.
    • Aloes can be mixed with succulents.
    • Be aware of the maximum temperature of a plant. (The basking area specifically). Lithops will grow on the hottest side of your tank, while hens and chicks will prefer the coolest part.
    Leopard Gecko inside his tank climbing through his water bowl away from a log with plants.

      Basking lights, under tank heating mats, and heat lamps.

      • Don't plant over your heating mat area.
      • Buy your plants from a reptile store directly. 
      • If you purchase at a nursery or online make sure that the plants are organic. No pesticides, fungicide, or herbicides have ever been used on or near the plants.
      • Inspect the plant's roots as well as foliage for any disease or poor health.
      • Use soils that do not contain fertilizer or water retention beads. Organic, simple soils. Jungle Soil found at reptile stores is your best and safest bet.
      • Consider a plant specific grow light incorporated into the tank's day lighting. Change your heat light bulb to infrared. Plants need night to rest. Literally.
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