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Leopard gecko

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Synonym(s): Eublepharis macularius


Introduction

Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia. 
  • Phylum: Chordata. 
  • Class: Reptilia. 
  • Order: Squamata. 
  • Family: Eublepharidae. 
  • Genus: Eublepharis. 
  • Species: macularius

Distribution and habitat

  • Native to Asia and Afghanistan. 
  • Also found in north-west India. 
  • Habitat is usually a dry, rocky grassland and/or desert. 
  • They are mainly found in burrows and shaded areas during the day, and are most active in the evening, due to lower/better temperatures.

Species status

  • Predated by snakes, foxes and other reptiles. 

Life span

  • In captivity, 10-120 years.

Diet

  • Insectivorous. 
  • Typically crickets, mealworms, cockroaches Snake nutrition.  
  • All food is usually alive when eaten. 
  • In captivity, calcium and vitamin D supplements are required. Manufacturers guidelines should be followed to ensure accurate supplementation.

Breeding

  • Breeding takes place in the summer Snake reproduction
  • 6-8 clutches can be produced per breeding period. 
  • Clutches contain 2 eggs. 
  • Breeding is temperature-dependent.

As pets

  • Popularly kept as pets. 
  • Can come in various color variations. 
  • Should be handled with care to ensure they do not drop their tail Autotomy.

Predatory behavior

  • In both the wild and captivity, the leopard gecko prefers hunting food themselves.

Biological Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • ITIS (2018) Eublepharis macularius. Website: www.itis.gov. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Pet MD (2018) Leopard Gecko – Eublepharis macularius. Website: www.petmd.com. Last accessed 19th February 2018. 
  • Pet Smart (2018) Leopard Gecko Care Guide. Website: www.petsmart.com. Last accessed 19th February 2018. 
  • The Spruce (2017) How to Properly Care for Pet Leopard Geckos. Website: www.thespruce.com. Last accessed 19th February 2018. 
  • RSPCA (2015) Leopard Gecko Care Sheet. Website: www.rspca.org.uk. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Reptiles Magazine (2014) Leopard Gecko Care Sheet. Website: www.reptilesmagazine.com. Last accessed 19th February 2018.
  • Pollock C (2011) Basic Information Sheet: Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius). Website: https://lafeber.com. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Kramer M & Fisher P (2005) Leopard Gecko. In: Unusual Pet Care Volume 1. Eds: Kramer M & Fisher P. Zoological Education Network, USA. pp 3-7.
  • Woods V (2001) Eublepharis macularius. Website: http://animaldiversity.orgLast accessed 16th July 2018
  • Encyclopedia of Life. Eublepharis macularius Leopard Gecko. Website: http://eol.org. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Royal Veterinary College. Leopard Gecko Care. Website: www.rvc.ac.uk. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
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