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Leopard Gecko Breeder - Pet Store

Leopard Gecko Breeder - Pet Store Debate

Leopard Gecko Breeder - Pet Store Debate

The Leopard Gecko Breeder - Petstore Debate is not something new and various discussions can be found all over the internet regarding this topic. In fact, this topic not only pertains to leopard geckos, but to any and all animals that can be purchased. This section of the leopard gecko care guide is going to offer its input on this debate and explain why purchasing from a breeder is always the best option.

Pet Stores

The only true value of a petstore is the convenience factor. When you think about it, it is all they really have going for them. To make writing this section a tad easier, I am simply going to begin by listing the pros and cons for purchasing a reptile from a pet store and supply an internal link that goes into far more detail.

Pet Store Pros

  • Convenience
  • You Get To See The Animal In Person
  • Cost

Pet Store Cons

  • Poor Husbandry
  • Unqualified Sales Associates
  • Overcrowding
  • Illness/Parasites
  • Unknown Bloodlines
  • Unsexed Hatchlings
  • Impulsive Purchases
  • Cost

Petco Leopard Gecko
Petco Leopard Gecko

Petco Leopard Gecko

The image above is of a leopard gecko that I purchased at a discounted rate, from Petco, in 2007. I normally wouldn't purchase from a pet store but found his poor health to be heartbreaking and knew if I had the chance I could potentially save him. His vet visit revealed that he had parasites, which I had assumed. Even though his appearance clearly shows that he is ill, he was still being housed with other leopard geckos.

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Now that the pros and cons are listed, let’s have a closer look at the Pros and Cons of Pet Stores and see why these issues should have an impact on your purchase.

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Breeders

Most breeders exemplify quality through their experinece and knowledge of the species. To make writing this section a tad easier, I am simply going to begin by listing the pros and cons for purchasing a reptile from a breeder and supply an internal link that goes into far more detail.

Breeder Pros

  • Sex Typically Defined
  • Healthy
  • Good Husbandry
  • Experienced Owners
  • Diverse Selection
  • Reputation
  • Known Bloodlines

Breeder Cons

  • Not As Convenient
  • Can't Always See The Animal In Person
  • Cost

Ron Tremper Leopard Gecko
Breeders Leopard Gecko

Breeders Leopard Gecko

The image above is of a Ron Tremper Red Stripe Emerine leopard gecko. This is a stunning animal with beautiful markings and fabulous genetics. This image shows what a healthy leopard gecko should look like, as well as the color and pattern variations (morphs) you can expect from respectable breeders.

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Now that the pros and cons are listed, let’s have a closer look at each of these 2 sections and see why these issues should have an impact on your purchase.

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