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Common Leopard Gecko

Eublepharis macularius

Henry Vilas Zoo Common Leopard Gecko
About

Habitat: The common leopard gecko can be found in dry and semi-dry regions, as well as arid grasslands. Leopard geckos are commonly found throughout southeast Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.

Diet: This species feeds on smaller creatures such as insects, scorpions, centipedes, and spiders.

Family Life: Leopard geckos are solitary. Females typically lay two eggs which are subject to temperature-dependent sex determination, meaning that their gender is determined by how warm the egg is during development. Females prefer damp, humid environments for laying and burying the eggs.

Henry Vilas Zoo Common Leopard Gecko
Conservation

The common leopard gecko’s endangered status is not evaluated.

Henry Vilas Zoo Common Leopard Gecko
Threats
  • Due to the geographic range of this gecko species, their population is not under any immediate threat.
  • The common leopard gecko does have several predators in the wild including snakes, foxes, and other large reptiles. To avoid predators, the gecko will bury itself under sand, allowing them to remain hidden until the danger passes.
Henry Vilas Zoo Common Leopard Gecko
Fun Facts
  • Unlike most lizards, common leopard geckos have eyelids that are translucent and movable, allowing them to blink and close their eyes while sleeping.
  • No tail? No problem! If a common leopard gecko loses its tail after being attacked, another one will grow back in its place.
  • Due to the common leopard gecko’s auditory anatomy, when viewed from the side, light shines through the gecko’s head.
Henry Vilas Zoo Common Leopard Gecko
Quick Facts

CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (scaled reptiles)
FAMILY: Gekkonidae (geckos)
GENUS: Eublepharis (leopard geckos)
SPECIES: Eublepharis macularius (common leopard gecko)
LIFE SPAN: Up to 20 years
SIZE: 7 – 11 inches (18 – 28 cm)
WEIGHT: 0.1 – 0.15 pounds (50 – 70 g)

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