Leopard Gecko Terrarium Hideouts and Decorations

What alot of people don’t know is that each terrarium should have two separate hides: one near the heating mat/light and another in the cooler section of your tank. Remember, leopard geckos really enjoy climate variety and will frequently alternate between the two hideouts to maintain comfort.

There are a few reasons a hide is necessary:

  • Give it a place to nest.
  • To prevent stress.
  • Escape the heat/lights.
  • A moist hide will be necessary to help shedding.

Moss Hideouts

If you’d rather go with a moss hideout over a rock one then it’s important to make sure that they haven’t been dyed or color enhanced as they may ingest small pieces of the dye and become poisoned. All of the hideouts we recommend are non-toxic and should be completely safe your gecko.

Also, make sure to get each leopard gecko their own hideout. They aren’t very social creatures and will need their own hides to prevent them from fighting.

Exo Terra Gecko Cave


  • Available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
  • Easily fits in a 10 gallon tank.
  • One opening.
  • Detaches from top for easy cleaning.
  • Integrates well into desert or tropical terrariums.

The Exo Terra Gecko Cave is one of the better moist hideouts on the market today. Simply line with paper towels and give it a few sprays from your mister and your gecko will love it. Many other hides tend to dry out pretty quickly but this one will remain moist for 3-4 days before you’ll need to do another misting.

Cleaning is the best part – the top pops off into two separate halves and which you can then scrub in the sink.

They come in three separate sizes – small, medium and large:

  • Small: Good size for hatchlings.
  • Medium: Good size for juvenile geckos.
  • Large: Good for adult or mature leopard geckos.

If you know your leopard gecko is a bit larger than average then you may want to be safe and opt for the larger hideout so you don’t need buy another one later.

Pros

  • Comes in three sizes.
  • Great moist hide.
  • Perfect for shedding.
  • Snaps apart for easy cleaning.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons

  • The entry hole might be too small for larger geckos.
  • The style of the hideout is pretty bland.

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Penn-Plax Medium Shale Step Ledge and Cave Hide-Out


  • 9” length x 6” width x 4” tall
  • Multiple openings.
  • Can be used in both wet and dry terrariums.
  • Easy climbing access with a hide underneath.

This hideout is a bit on the small side so you may want to skip this one if you have a larger leopard gecko (there’s a convenient image that shows the dimensions of the hide here). The big draw to this one is that it can be used in either wet or dry tanks and can double as a good climbing ledge that your pet can explore.

Beware though that some of the edges can be sharp and may need to be filed/sanded down. Still, it’s quite neat looking and great for a smaller or adolescent leo’s first hide.

Pros

  • Good for both wet and dry habitats.
  • Very climbable.
Cons

  • Comes in only one size and it’s too small for adult geckos.
  • Essentially just plastic painted to look like stone.
  • Might have sharp edges.

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Zoo Med Medium Reptile Shelter 3 in 1 Cave


  • Comes in 3 different sizes: small, medium and large.
  • Perfect for a 10 gallon tank.
  • One opening.
  • Great humid hide for shedding or egg laying.

This one is alot like the Exo Terra Gecko Cave – they both come in three sizes, both are perfect for cultivating a humid micro-climate that will help facilitate shedding and they’re similar price point.

While all three sizes would fit well into a 10 gallon terrarium tank, you should really get a size that fits your leopard gecko the best:

  • Small: Good size for hatchlings.
  • Medium: Good size for juvenile geckos.
  • Large: Good for adult or mature leopard geckos.
Pros

  • Comes in multiple sizes.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Perfect as a moist hideout.
Cons

  • Some are made from a durable resin while others are made of a more fragile ceramic.
  • Can occasionally crack.
  • Opening is a bit small.

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Reptile Hide Box


  • Comes in two sizes: small and medium.
  • Ultra simple and multipurpose hut.
  • Maximum privacy.
  • Lots of room

This one is a bit bland but really just as effective as other hides: a simple black box. The big selling point to this one is the size of the hide itself, which gives your leopard gecko a great deal of privacy which can help with shedding or breeding.

Cleaning is pretty self explanatory as it’s essentially just a small box so there aren’t any small nooks or crannies for mold to grow in. It’s also very versatile as you can use it for multiple pets. You can also place wooden ramps along the side and some decor on top of the box that he can play/climb on.

Pros

  • Very large space.
  • Big entry point so it’s easy to get in/out of.
  • Simple to clean.
  • Can stack accessories on top of it that your leo can play on.
Cons

  • A bit of an eyesore.

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Zilla Bark Bends Reptile Hideouts


  • Comes in three sizes: small, medium and large.
  • Easy to clean and non-porous exterior helps prevent mold growth.
  • Natural design.

Designed to mimic a fallen log with entrances at both ends and a large hole in the size, this hideout is definitely one of the more aesthetically pleasing choices on this list.

In addition to functioning as a hide, it’s also a very effective climbing accessory that your leo will definitely enjoy exploring. If you position it correctly you can even see into the hide via the hole in the side so you can see what he’s up to.

Pros

  • Great as either a hideout or a climbing accessory.
  • The design fits well into any naturalistic terrarium.
  • Very inexpensive.
Cons

  • The construction is particularly strong.
  • The paint may flake or wash off.

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Decorations and Accessories

One of the best parts of owning a leopard gecko is decorating it’s terrarium. It’s the perfect combination of aesthetics, functionality and giving your little pet the environment they need to thrive.

Generally speaking there are five different types of reptile decor:

  1. Hideouts for your leo to disappear into.
  2. Rocks your gecko can scurry around.
  3. Wood and logs so they’ll have something to climb on.
  4. Plants to give the terrarium a more natural atmosphere.
  5. (Optional) Waterfalls so he can enjoy a little running water.

Some of these are more important than others – namely the hideouts, rocks and climbable wood pieces. Every leopard gecko will need a hideout where they can sleep and something to play on during the day so they don’t get bored. The waterfall is obviously purely optional, but it really does make the whole tank feel more natural.

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