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Leopard gecko

Eublepharis macularius

leopard gecko

Leopard geckos are nocturnal, so they spend their days hiding under rocks or in wood.

Unlike other geckos, a leopard gecko has moveable eyelids and they do not have adhesive toes but do have tiny claws at the end of their toes.

The tail of a leopard gecko can detach from the body when they are grabbed or disturbed. The tail will continue to wriggle allowing the gecko to escape, they do grow a new one again.

Animal class
Reptile

Habitat
Semi desert or arid grassland

Diet – Insectivore
The leopard gecko eats spiders, insects and worms.

Size
The body length is 20 – 25 cms long and can weight up to 80 grams.

Location
The leopard gecko is found in Western India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

Conservation status
The IUCN has the leopard gecko down as least concern due to their population numbers.

Threats
Threats include habitat destruction through mining and quarrying, body parts are used for local medicine and they are trapped and used for the international pet trade.

Current population
In 2013, IUCN states the population is unknown.

Zoo population
The zoo population of the leopard gecko is unknown.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature