Leopard geckos are desert-dwelling reptiles native to parts of southern Asia. Leopard geckos are among the larger gecko species and, unlike many gecko species, they possess eyelids and lack adhesive structures on their feet.
Leopard geckos feed on insects, such as crickets, earthworms, roaches and meal worms. They prefer to eat live insects, and most refuse to eat dead prey. If keeping leopard geckos in captivity, it is important to feed them a variety of types of insects because their food preferences often change over
Leopard geckos are distributed across rock deserts and arid grasslands in Afghanistan, northwest India, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. They spend their days in holes and crevices avoiding the heat of the sun and come out at night to hunt on the ground.
In captivity, leopard geckos can live more than 20 years with adequate care, but this figure is usually much lower for geckos that live in the wild due to disease and predation. Leopard geckos are popular reptilian pets due to their striking appearance, hardiness, docility and overall ease of care.
A pregnant leopard gecko will look fat when she is carrying eggs and an owner may even be able to see the eggs through her skin if she is lightly colored. Sometimes, her sides may look more pink or red than usual.
Geckos can eat small amounts of fruits such as papaya, mango, apricot, peach and nectarines as often as twice a week. According to Doctor Frederick Frye, a well-known reptile pathologist, leopard geckos often eat small amounts of fruit in the wild.
Leopard geckos don't eat any vegetables. They only eat live prey, such as crickets, roaches, waxworms, mealworms, superworms, earthworms and pinky mice. The majority of captive leopard geckos refuse to eat dead prey. Fresh water should also be available.
A super giant leopard gecko is a size morph of a standard leopard gecko. As a popular pet, the leopard gecko is available in different sizes and colors as a result of breeding. It is believed that the leopard gecko was the first lizard to become domesticated.
The easiest way to sex a leopard gecko is to look for the presence of hemipenal bulges and preanal pores. If these features are present, the animal is a male.
The lifespan of a leopard gecko can vary between 15 to 20 years. This varies depending on if the gecko lives in captivity or in the wild. Another contributor towards a gecko's lifespan as a pet is the care that is receives from its owner.