Name: Leopard gecko

Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius 

Class: Reptilia

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

Lifespan: 20+ years

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!

Other ZooLab Geckos:

  • Crested gecko

  • Fat-tailed gecko

  • Gargoyle gecko

  • Cale gecko

  • giant gecko  

  • Tokay gecko