Study the basic anatomy of the Leopard gecko. Pay particular attention to the eyelids, the ear holes, the five clawed toes, and the base of the tail where it is pinched in just a bit.
Describe the pattern of spots on its body. How does the background colour vary?
Observe how it walks. Watch the sinuous body movement and the pattern of the legs.
Observe how it eats. Pay attention to the darting motion and the tail wagging.
Can you find out what kind of movements attract its attention?
How to Care for a Leopard Gecko
Overall the leopard gecko reaches a length of about ten inches (25.4 cm), and gets its name from the leopard-like spots that cover the bodies of adult animals. Baby leopard geckos hatch with dark transverse bands, which lighten as they grow into the spotted adults. Their general background color is yellow and lavender, although a number of new color phases have arisen through captive breeding.
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Lighting and Temperature Leopard geckos are a nocturnal species so UV lighting is not necessary. A simple spotlight/ceramic heat bulb with the appropriate wattage can provide both daytime light and heat. Daytime temperatures should be roughly in the 90’s under the heat source, with a gradient of lower temperature (80’s to room temp) as you get further away from this high zone. Nighttime temps can go down in the low 70s. It’s best to provide any reptile with a temperature gradient in order that they can regulate their temperature by moving into or out of different temperature areas of the habitat. Under-tank heating pads and hot rocks don’t generally raise the ambient air temperature in the tank and their surfaces often produce extremely high temperatures.
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Newspaper, pea gravel, artificial turf, flat stones or no floor covering are OK. A young or debilitated leopard gecko might consume sand or fine-particle products on the cage floor, and this could lead to intestinal impaction. Leopard geckos actually have a “bathroom” in one corner of their cages, and that area can be spot-cleaned without disrupting the entire system. Do not expose your gecko to commercial plant soils or sands that may contain fertilizer or pesticides.Great Amazon Must Haves for any Reptile Owner:
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Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as crazy as you might think. In this video, he tells you five cool facts about leopard geckos.
Probably the number two animal in the pet world of lizards, after Bearded Dragons, are Leopard Geckos. Leopard Geckos are a terrestrial animal, meaning they live their life on the ground. And you'll find them in the Middle East, from Iran, Afghanistan, those types of areas, mountainous rugged terrain dominated by sand, dominated by very hot temperatures during the day and very cool in the evening. They are, therefore, an animal that's seldom seen during the day. They spend most of their time underneath the ground because of the high heat. They'll come out at dusk. They'll forage for their favorite food, which of course are insects. And they're quite visible at that time of the day.
I know a lot of military guys that are spending time over in those areas of the world and they tell me about the variety of colors and things they see on the Leopard Geckos in the wild. Primarily, they're spotted like a leopard, but through captive breeding we find them now in all different colors, all different patterns, solid yellow, solid black, striped. You name it, Leopard Geckos are being bred that way.
Cool facts about them. If you see up close, it's hard, but they have an ear on the side. Of course, one of the things that differentiates lizards from snakes. Snakes don't have any ears, but lizards do, for the most part. And the Leopard Gecko has got a very strange one in that if I put a flashlight on this side and shined it through, I could see right out his ear, through his other ear and out his body into the background. It's transparent. It's a solid ear canal, but I could see right through his head. So it gives him a lot of bad names, like he's an airhead and things of that nature. But that's not really true. It's just the way this animal's ear canals are formed.
Leopard Geckos shed their skin in patches. The Leopard Gecko kind of has a habit of covering his trail. What he'll do in the wild and in captivity is when he sheds his skin, he makes a meal of it to make it disappear so he can't be tracked. Very simple creature, the Leopard Gecko from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iran. I guess they're not totally bad places. Checked out this cool lizard.