Being crepuscular to nocturnal, Leopard geckos spend their days and night hiding while resuming intermitted activity during dusk and dawn. They are one of the few gecko species that have eyelids.
Leopard geckos are considered small (~25cm / 10″ max.). Physically they are robust geckos with relatively large heads and have numerous tiny wart-like tubercles on their skin. Leopard geckos do not possess adhesive lamellae on their feet and toes, but rather small claws which assist in digging and climbing around rocks.
Their natural habitat includes the dry Savannah and forest areas of south-central Asia. Although Leopard geckos are not found in true desert areas, they can be found in arid areas — choosing to stay in microhabitats with vegetation and some water. As an adaptive mechanism, Leopard geckos have thick tails, which is used to store fat and water — hence the description “spotted fat-tailed gecko”.
Leopard geckos (also referred to as ‘leos’) make interesting and unique pets and come in a variety of patterns, sizes and colouration. Thousands of these geckos are kept and bred across the world. They are considered a good starter species to keep as pets and have an average life expectancy of about 20 years (record ~29 years).
Leopard geckos are extremely hardy, even in enclosed environments, and have good reproductive potential. Being gregarious, one to a couple of Leopard geckos can be housed in small colonies in the same enclosure. Even though this is the case, it is a keeper’s duty to provide the best care possible.
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