Leopard Gecko

What is the geographic range of leopard geckos?

Leopard geckoes can be found throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Northwest India and Pakistan.

 

 

What type of habitat do leopard geckos prefer?

Leopard geckos are usually found in dry and semi-dry desert regions and arid grasslands.

 

 

What to leopard geckos eat?

Leopard geckoes usually prey on a variety of different invertebrates including scorpions, centipedes, spiders, and beetles.

 

 

How big are leopard geckos?

Adults usually reach lengths of 6 or 7 inches but on rare occasions can get longer.

 

 

How does reproduction take place with leopard geckos?

Females prefer damp, humid environments for egg laying.   Clutches almost always consist of two eggs, although a healthy female may produce as many as six clutches per year.  The eggs are incubated at 82 degrees Fahrenheit and hatch between 45-53 days.  Hatchlings are about 85 mm in length.  Leopard geckos reach sexual maturity at around 18 months.  Leopard geckoes are subject to temperature sex determination.

 

 

How do leopard geckos behave?

Leopard geckoes are nocturnal, sheltering under rocks or in burrows during the day.  Leopard geckos are a ground-dwelling species but will climb rocks and branches where they can easily absorb heat.  As with other reptiles, these lizards shed periodically.  Interestingly, this species eats the sloughed off skin.

 

 

What is the life span of leopard geckos?

In captivity, this species has a life span of approximately 22 years.

 

 

References

Woods, V. 2001. “Eublepharis macularius” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed January 07, 2007 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Eublepharis_macularius.html.

Kingdom:

Animalia

 

Phylum:

Chordata

 

Class:

Reptilia

 

Order:

Squamata

 

Family:

Gekkonidae

 

Genus:

Eublepharis

 

Species:

Eublepharis macularius

Leopard Gecko
Leopard Gecko