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Leopard Gecko

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Leopard Geckos have eyelids and are one of the only geckos to have them. This assists with keeping dust out of their eyes which they are exposed to daily as they live in the desert.
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Description

Latin Name: Eublepharis macularius Conservation Status: Stable
Distribution: Middle East Estimated Size: 8 to 10"
 
In the wild Leopard Geckos shelter themselves in burrows and other enclosures during the day as they are nocturnal. They are mostly found in deserts of the Middle East.
 
Leopard Geckos are missing the little pads on their toes that allows other lizards to climb vertical surfaces. Over time selective captive breading has produced many color/pattern morphs in Leopard Geckos.
 

Captive Care

Leopard Geckos make an excellent choice for the beginning lizard caregiver. Leopard Geckos usually relieve themselves in one corner of their habitat, this makes cleanup much easier. Breeding of Leopard Geckos is also considered much easier than that of other lizards.
 
Leopard Geckos feed on mealworms and crickets. You can also feed them the occasional waxworm or pink mouse as a treat. Waxworms are too fatty to be provided as a regular meal. Juvenile geckos will shed every two weeks provided that they have enough food. This can be a good indication of their health and eating habits at an early age.
 
The use of granual substrates has been known to cause serious problems in Leopard Geckos. If a large enough piece enters the gecko it could block off the intestinal tract or other vital organs. Furthermore, small pieces of the substrate can collect in the intestines and over time completely block it off. For this reason substrates such as lizard carpeting and newsprint are prefered for Leopard Geckos.
 

         
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