Facts about Leopard geckos
Also known as panther gecko
Eublepharis macularius, commonly known as the leopard or panther gecko, is a number one pet lizard. Very docile and easily domesticated, it is the most popular choice for those who wish to possess reptiles.
1Leopard gecko is 18 – 28 cm long (18 – 20 cm females, 20 – 28 cm males).
2It is native to the Middle East and Asia.
Its natural habitat consists of rocky deserts.
3It was first described in 1854 by zoologist Edward Blyth.
4Its name – macularius – refers to dotted, leopard-like skin.
There are many variations of colors and patterns, the most common being yellow with irregular black spots. Dotted skin helps them camouflage from predators.
5The average lifespan of a leopard gecko is approximately 15 years.
They can live up to 20 years in captivity.
6It reaches maturity within 18 – 24 months.
7Unlike most geckos, they have eyelids, which allow them to blink and sleep with their eyes closed.
8Its tail, which is as long as its body, serves as fat storage.
It comes in handy while food is scarce.
9Apart from being a fat supply, its tail can be detached from the body while captured by a predator.
It is segmented, so the gecko can detach only a part of it. Leopard geckos can regenerate their lost tail, however, it may not grow back looking the same.
10Leopard geckos eat their shedded skin to rid the area of scent markers.