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.
I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:
What does this mean?
Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.
Our Leopard Geckos:
George (Male) – Estimated Birthdate Between April 2002 & August 2002
Wheezy (Female) – Estimated Birthdate Between June 2005 & August 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.