In captivity, the average leopard gecko lifespan is longer than 15 years when healthy. Many specimens even make it past 20 or 25 years.
These popular pet lizards are very hardy, but they do require optimal care to reach the upper limits of their lifespan. Many make the mistake of thinking that leopard geckos are low-maintenance pets that require little attention.
While that is true to some extent, you can’t expect these reptiles to live long in subpar conditions with lackluster care. Leopard geckos can experience stress and disease that shortens their lifespan significantly.
A pet Leopard Gecko will live for between 10 to 20 years. This lifespan depends on their gender, diet and care. Most males will live for between 15 to 20 years provided they are fed a good diet and given routine husbandry.
Females do not live as long as males. This is because of the energy they use to produce and lay eggs. Females normally live for between 10 and 15 years. However, pet females will still live longer than any wild Leopard Gecko.
A wild Leopard Gecko’s lifespan is half as long as their pet siblings. Environmental stress, disease, and predation mean they live for just 6 to 8 years in the wild.
It’s important to know what the lifespan of the leopard gecko is to prepare for adopting it.
Overall, leopard gecko care is pretty darn easy. As long as you’re consistent and look after them on a daily basis, these lizards will thrive!