Why do Leopard Gecko’s Eyes Turn Black?

Why Do Leopard Gecko's Eyes Turn Black?

Have you ever looked at your Leopard Gecko and noticed his eyes had turned black?


If so, don’t worry. This is entirely normal.


Eyes turn black when a Leopard Gecko is stressed.

When a Leopard Gecko is stressed, its eyes turn black.


A Leopard Gecko’s eyes are commonly yellow or green, but when they’re stressed—either from being handled or by something else in their environment—they will constrict and appear to be looking at you (though they’re not).


This reaction doesn’t indicate an illness; instead, it’s the sign of an animal in distress.


If you have a gecko who seems unusually anxious or panicky, take your pet out of its coop to calm them before returning them to its home.


The eyes don’t stay black for long.

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If you think your leopard gecko’s eyes look a little black, don’t worry.


It’s normal for them to turn black when they are stressed.


This can happen if you move or change their cage around, but it shouldn’t last long.


Their eyes will return to normal once the stress is gone.


The color of your leopard gecko’s eye depends on how much light is available and the temperature in its environment.


In bright lighting conditions (such as direct sunlight), their pupils contract so that only a tiny amount of light gets through.


This gives them more excellent depth perception and helps them see better at night when there isn’t much light available from outside sources like street lamps or light bulbs inside houses/apartments/etc., etc.



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The turning black of their eyes is not a health problem.

Many things can cause stress. It is important to note that no health consequences are associated with your Leopard Gecko’s eye color changing.


Their eyes will return to normal within a short time frame, typically within 24 hours.


Try not to allow them to be stressed out for long periods, as it will make their eyes turn black again and cause other behavioral issues.


If your pet is stressed out, you may want to take steps such as giving them more space in their cage or letting them roam around outside the cell more often so that they become less accustomed to being inside it all day long, every day.


A Leopard Gecko should not be stressed out for long periods.

Try to keep your Leopard Gecko in conditions that cause stress.


Stress can lead to eye problems and make your gecko more susceptible to illness.


Your leopard gecko should be kept in an enclosure with enough space to move around and bask under UV light.


The enclosure size should depend on the age of a Leopard Gecko since they grow larger as they age.


An adult Leopard Gecko will need an enclosure of at least 20 gallons (76 liters) large made out of glass or plastic so that you can see it easily through any part of its body while feeding it or cleaning its tank.


You can also use screen lids if you are worried about accidentally dropping something into your tank while cleaning it out but still want some light exposure for your animal.


If you live in an area with slight weather variation during winter months (such as Florida), then chances are good that your lizard will hibernate on its own under normal conditions.”



If your Leopard Gecko has turned its eyes black, there is no need to panic.


It is relatively common for this to happen, and there are ways that owners can help their pets.


If your pet seems stressed out, try to find ways to help them relax by spending more time with them or providing them with extra attention.


If they still haven’t returned to normal after two weeks, then it’s time to take them to the veterinarian so they can figure out what’s happening.


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