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The Leopard gecko, also referred to as the common Leopard gecko or the ground Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) is a cathemeral, ground-dwelling lizard belonging to the Eublepharinae subfamily of the family Gekkonidae. Eublepharis means true eyelids and macularius (derived from macula) is Latin for spot or blemish. Being crepuscular, 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.
Compared with other lizards, 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. 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 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. Even though this is the case, it is a keeper’s duty to provide the best care possible.
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