Leopard Gecko

Scienfic Name:- Eublepharis macularius

Lepoard Geckos are lizards which originate from the arid grassland of Pakistan and North West India.

Extra care should be taken when handling these lizards as their tails can be shed as a defence mechanism (Autotomy).  The tail will regrow but will never be the same as the original.   Providing that they are kept in the correct environment,   Leopard Geckos are reasonably easy to keep.   Up to 3 Geckos can be kept in a 3ft vivarium,   however,   males should not be kept together as they will fight.

Habitat :- Rocks and artifical plants should be provided as they like to hide.   A UV light source is advised but not thought to be strictly necessary as Geckos are nocturnal.   Heating must be provided ideally using a ceramic heating bulb (dull emitor) and controlled by a thermostat to create a temperature gradient of 30-32oC   (87-90oF) at one end of the tank to 26oC   (80oF) at the cool end.   At night the temperature can fall to 21-23oC   (70-75oF).   The humidity should be kept around 60%.   It is best to line the floor of the tank with solid substrate such as reptile carpet,   as loose substrates can become impacted in the Gecko‚Äôs gut if eaten.

Diet :- Leopard Geckos are insectivorous which means they feed on insects.   Suitable foods include crickets,   locusts,   mealworms,   silkworms and waxworms.   Insects must be ''gut loaded'' before being used as food,  which means feeding the insects at least 24 hours prior to feeding to the Gecko.   Vitamin and mineral supplements are advised and can be provided by feeding the insects on the supplement rather than by sprinkling over the insects prior to feeding as they tend to groom off the supplement before they get eaten!   A shallow bowl of clean water should also be available at all times.

Life expectancy :- 10-20 years.

They can grow upto 6-8 inches in length.