Why Does My Leopard Gecko Lick Me

Leopard geckos are curious and intelligent reptiles that use their tongues to explore the world.

They have a special organ in their mouth called the Jacobson’s organ, which allows them to smell and taste things by licking them.

When a leopard gecko licks you, it is not trying to kiss you or show affection, but rather to gather information about you. It may be trying to identify you, to check if you are a friend or a foe, to see if you have any food on you, or to simply satisfy its curiosity.

Licking is also a sign of trust and comfort for leopard geckos.

If your gecko licks you, it means that it is not afraid of you and that it has accepted you as part of its environment. It also means that it is relaxed and calm when you hold it, and that it does not feel threatened or stressed.

Mainly, licking is a good indicator that your gecko is happy and healthy, and may be you have a good bond with it.

Why Do Leopard Geckos Lick Themselves?

leopard gecko is licking it's eye

Leopard geckos lick themselves for a few reasons: to stay clean, groom their skin, help with shedding, and stay hydrated.

These geckos are neat freaks.

They lick their bodies to get rid of any dirt, dust, or stuff that might be stuck to them. They’re also into licking their eyes to keep them moist and clear from any leftover skin.

When it’s shedding time, geckos use licking to help with the process. They loosen their old skin by licking and then peel it off. And guess what?

They munch on it for some extra nutrients and calcium. It might sound weird, but it’s totally normal and good for them.

Why Do Leopard Geckos Lick Their Surroundings?

Leopard geckos lick their surroundings to explore them and to mark their territory.

As mentioned before, leopard geckos use their tongues to smell and taste things, and to learn more about their environment.

They will lick anything that interests them, such as their substrate, hide, food, plants, or toys. They will also lick new or unfamiliar objects to investigate them and to see if they are safe or edible.

Leopard geckos also lick their surroundings to leave their scent and to claim their space.

They have scent glands in their mouths that secrete a substance that other geckos can detect. By licking their enclosure, they are telling other geckos that this is their home and that they should stay away.

This is especially common in male geckos, who are more territorial and aggressive than females.

Licking can also be a way of communicating with other geckos, such as showing interest, dominance, or submission.


Q: How can I tell if my leopard gecko likes me?

There is no definitive way to tell if your leopard gecko likes you, as they are not very expressive animals.

However, some signs that may indicate that your gecko is comfortable and happy with you are: licking you, climbing on you, sleeping on you, following you, coming to you when you call, and eating from your hand.

Q: How can I make my leopard gecko-like me more?

The best way to make your leopard gecko-like you more is to spend time with it and to handle it regularly.

This will help your gecko get used to you and to trust you. You should also provide your gecko with a suitable and stimulating enclosure, a balanced and varied diet, and a proper temperature and humidity.

You should also avoid doing anything that may stress or scare your gecko, such as loud noises, sudden movements, or rough handling.

Q: Can I keep more than one leopard gecko in the same enclosure?

It is not recommended to keep more than one leopard gecko in the same enclosure, as they are solitary and territorial animals that may fight or compete with each other.

The only exception is if you have a large enough enclosure (at least 20 gallons per gecko) and if you keep only females or one male and several females.

You should never keep two males together, as they will likely injure or kill each other.

You should also provide enough hides, food, and water for each gecko, and monitor them for any signs of stress or aggression.