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Keeping Leopard Geckos In Tubs

Updated on September 6, 2011

A Simple Tub Setup

Another Housing Option

Keeping reptiles in tubs or rack systems is becoming more and more popular with your average reptile hobbyists. Rack systems used to be seen in only large collection and breeds. As more people discover the advantages of tubs versus typical housing (tanks for example), keeping even small collections in tubs have their benefits.

Keeping Leopard Geckos in Tubs

You can successfully keep Leopard Geckos in tubs with the proper planning and research. Many people immediately put tubs totally off the list of possible housing options, just because of the thought of "Why would you keep your Leopard Gecko in a plastic tub?". While using tubs may not work in every situation, they are fairly versatile. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of keeping your Leopard Gecko in tubs.


  • Saves space
  • Easier to keep the proper heat
  • Require very little maintenance
  • Very easy to clean
  • Inexpensive
  • Provides your gecko with privacy and security
  • Lightweight


  • Not a display cage
  • Is not aesthetically pleasing

The only real main con of keeping your Leopard Geckos in tubs is purely from the human standpoint. Many of the tubs available are colored or opaque, and can be difficult to see through. If you are keeping only a few Leo's as pets, and watching their natural behavior is very important, I would suggest staying with glass tanks or specially made reptile enclosures. If you are looking for a safe, space-saving, beneficial way of housing that is inexpensive and easy to maintain, I would suggest looking into keeping your Leopard Geckos in tubs.

Supplies For Your Leopard Gecko's Tub

  • Appropriate size tub (listed below)
  • Thermometer
  • Soldering iron
  • Two hides (minimum)
  • Humidity hide
  • Water and food dishes
  • Substrate
  • Heat source

Setting Up Your Leopard Gecko's Tub

Setting up your Leopard Gecko's tub is very much the same as setting up a normal enclosure. The only key difference is actually making your tub habitable.

  1. Decide which size tub if ideal for your gecko based on age. These guidelines are the minimum for your gecko. If you can give them more space, go for it!
    • Hatchling to Young Adult- 6qt. tub
    • One Adult- 15 qt. tub
    • Multiple females and for breeding purposes- 28qt. tub
  2. After you have chosen the appropriate size tub based on the above sizes, and your own personal preference, its time to put air holes into your tub. I recommend using a soldering iron to melt holes into your tub. Some people use a drill, but there is a very good chance it could cause your tub to crack. Make enough holes to let in fresh air, and to keep your humidity down.
  3. After putting in your holes, its time to start setting up your tub. Lay down your favorite substrate, place in your hides, humid hide, dishes, thermometer and anything else you like to include in your Leopard Gecko's enclosure. Remember to provide the proper heat source such as a UTH or Flexwatt.


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      Zachary 17 months ago

      I prefer to use 28Q for each adults. Anything smaller is not good in my opinion. :)

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      tango 5 years ago

      15qt is 14. Somethin litres so just swap qt for litres

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      William 5 years ago

      Hi , u sed you need to use 6 qt hatchling - young adult, 15 qt one adult and 28 qt group of females. I'm in the UK what is 6 qt , 15 qt and 28 qt in litres. As I can get tubs in litres but don know what size thy need exact. Please help thanks