Leopard Geckos

Eublepharis macularius

The Leopard Gecko

 

Other Classifications:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordate

Class: Reptilia

Family: Gekkonide

 

Most leopard geckos live in dry, arid regions such as sparse grasslands, and sandy deserts. They come from Northern India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.

Our older leopard gecko's classroom habitat is a 10 gallon tank with a plastic and wire lid. It has a large rock for it to crawl under, a smaller rock, and a water bowl. In our classroom the leopard gecko eats mealworms and crickets. They can also eat wax worms, pinky mice, kingworms, earthworms, locusts, grasshoppers, and spiders.

In the wild leopard geckos will eat insects, lizards, and scorpions. Larger snakes and birds eat the leopard geckos.

Early January to February is mating season for the leopard geckos. After the female lays her eggs she will bury them. Eggs that are kept in temperatures 79 degrees Fahrenheit to 83 degrees Fahrenheit are usually female. Eggs kept 87 degrees Fahrenheit and up are usually male. When the leopard geckos are born they are usually 3.5 inches long, and weigh 2.5-3 grams. It takes 18 months to reach adult size. Some leopard geckos have been reported to have lived for 30 years. In the wild they usually live in small groups. In captivity, depending on the size of the tank, there can be three or four females in a tank, but only one male.

After two months, when the eggs hatch, the baby leopard geckos won't eat. The will eat after they shed their skin which usually takes 5-7 days. After their skin is shed they will eat it. Leopard geckos get 20 times bigger form hatching to adult.

Some other interesting info about the leopard geckos is that they are also called panther geckos. Also, you can shine a light through one of the leopard gecko's ears, and you can see the light through the other side. In the leopard gecko's scientific name Euble means, "true," blephur means "eyelids," and macularius means, "spotted."

The Leopard Gecko

 

 

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