Native To: Pakistan
Adult Size: 6-9″
Care Level: Beginner
Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius
Most Active During: Daytime (diurnal)
Life Span: 10+ years
Eats: Crickets and worms. OK to feed meal worms, wax worms and calci-worms of appropriate size. Insects should be dusted with calcium and vitamins 2-3 times a week.
Leopard geckos are nocturnal lizards found in desert environments in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and parts of India and have been popular pets in North America since the 1980’s. They lack adhesive lamella and have tiny claws instead which gives them an advantage in sandy environments. This also prevents them from climbing up surfaces easily so they primarily live on the ground and do not climb. They are unique from other leopard gecko species because they can move their eyelids.
Despite being one of the most popular lizard pets, little is known about leopard geckos in the wild. Their population numbers are unknown and their unique dots and coloring makes perfect a camouflage for their natural environments which makes them a challenge to find. They are excellent at hiding from predators and stay hidden during the day to avoid being seen (and to stay away from the heat) and leopard geckos shed their skin to prevent their scent from being discovered.