No, Leopard Geckos are not poisonous. They have no venom and a bite from a gecko will rarely break the skin so there is very little to worry about. Leopard Geckos can be safely handled by adults and children alike.
Are Leopard Geckos Poisonous To Cats?
While they don’t have venom as such, geckos can carry a type of parasite called liver flukes which can cause serious health concerns and even death. If you own both cats and geckos be sure to keep them apart for the sake of both your reptilian and feline friends!
Are Leopard Geckos Poisonous To Dogs?
Thankfully, (for the dog at least!) dogs are a bit more hardy when it comes to eating things they wouldn’t usually find on the menu, and eating a gecko is unlikely to cause anything more than a slightly upset tummy.
That being said, it’s still a good idea to keep your gecko out of Rover’s sight, especially if it’s an unfamiliar dog or an unpredictable and highly excitable puppy. Better safe than sorry!
Do Leopard Geckos Bite?
So now we know that Leopard Geckos are not poisonous but would it matter even if they were? Do Leopard Geckos bite or is there nothing to worry about in the first place?
As with pretty much any pet, there is a risk of getting bitten but fortunately, Leopard Geckos are not aggressive and will rarely bite.
In fact, there are only a few situations where there’s even a remote possibility of getting bitten:
- While feeding your gecko by hand
- Trying to separate two geckos that are fighting (but really you should never keep two males together)
- If your gecko gets scared and thinks it might be under attack
What To Do If You Get Bitten By A Leopard Gecko
So it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get bitten, there’s no venom to worry about if you do, and Leopard Geckos have tiny teeth and pretty pathetic bite force (compared to human flesh and bone at least), so do you need to take any special precautions if you find yourself in such a situation?
If you do happen to get bitten, and especially if it does manage to break the skin, just wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap. Other than that, just go about your business really
As you can see from this video though, it’s very unlikely a bite from a Leopard Gecko will even cause you to flinch