Leopard gecko

Eublepharis macularius

Classification: Reptile

Lifespan: 20+ years


Threats: No threats

Distribution: South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North West India and parts of Iran

Habitat: Rocky, dry grasslands and desert regions

Appearance: Larger than many species of gecko, leopard geckos grow up to 11 inches. In contrast to those in the wild, captive bred leopard geckos come in a wild range of colours and patterns

Diet & Feeding: Leopard geckos are not picky eaters (life in the desert can supply limited eating opportunities) - they eat a wide variety of insects and invertebrates. For when food sources are low, leopard geckos store a fat reserve in their tail

Social Behaviour: Leopard geckos are quite docile creatures in captivity and even enjoy human contact

Males and females: Males can be larger than females by 1 - 4 inches

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Number of young: They can produce 80 to 100 eggs over a lifetime

Interesting fact: Leopard geckos have eyelids - this allows them to close their eyes while sleeping and blink!