20 facts about Leopard geckos

Leopard geckos
11.They are crepuscular, which means they are active during dusk and dawn.
Despite living in relatively hot and dry regions of the world, they prefer cooler parts. Thus, they spend most of the daytime inside burrows, emerging once the temperature drops.
12.Since the temperature in their habitat drops during winter to harsh and freezing, leopard geckos enter a state of hibernation – brumation.
Leopard geckos hibernation depends on the ambient temperature, so, unlike mammals, the period of brumation is not fixed.
13.Leopard geckos feed on insects, such as crickets and mealworms.
This monothematic diet makes them easy to care for in captivity.
14.Leopard geckos’ mate season is during summer.
15.The sex of their offspring is determined by the temperature within the first two weeks after an egg is laid.
In cooler temperatures like 26 °C - 29 °C (78,8 °F - 84,2 °F) more females will be produced, and more males in warmer temperatures like 34 °C - 35 °C (93,2°F - 95 °F).
16.It usually takes between 30 and 90 days to hatch an egg.
Baby leopard geckos are up to 9 cm long, their weight reaching no more than 3 grams. However tiny, each youngling is completely independent.
17.Leopard geckos do not possess the ability to climb.
They lack adhesive lamellae – plate-like structures – on their toes, which are quite common for other gecko species. Instead, their toes end up with claws.
18.Their natural enemies include snakes, larger reptiles and foxes.
Foxes tend to prey on their eggs.
19.Leopard gecko is the number one pet lizard.
It is the most popular choice for reptile lovers in the United Kingdom. The second most popular worldwide is the crested gecko, also known as the eyelash gecko.
20.Leopard geckos kept in captivity are bred selectively to achieve more color and pattern morphs than there are available in the wild.

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