Leopard Gecko

Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius

Habitat: Leopard geckos inhabit arid regions, particularly rocky deserts and sparse grasslands of Afghanistan, northwestern India, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq. They avoid sandy deserts!

Diet: Leopard geckos eat other lizards, insects, spiders, and scorpions (leopard geckos are unaffected by scorpion stings).

Size: 0.2 to 0.7 feet long

Weight: 0.1 to 0.2 pounds

Lifespan: 3 to 8 years in the wild. 10 to 20 years in human care. 

Conservation Status:

LEAST CONCERN

Our Leopard Geckos:

George – Born between April and August 2002
Wheezy – Born 2005

Did You Know?!

  • Leopard geckos are opportunistic feeders meaning that they will not go out in search of prey, but will stalk prey once in sight. When attacking prey, leopard geckos wiggle their tail just before striking.
  • Leopard geckos tend to be crepuscular and nocturnal, spending the daytime in rock crevices or burrows.
  • When it comes to reproduction, the sex of leopard gecko babies depends on the egg’s incubation temperature. Lower temperatures = mostly females. Higher temperatures = mostly males.
  • Leopard geckos differ from the arboreal geckos in that they have eyelids. Their genus name, Eublepharis, comes from the Greek word meaning “good eyelid.” With eyesight comparable to a cat’s, geckos can see better than any other lizard whose vision has been studied.