Leopard Gecko

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Origin

Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) is a species of lizard, of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq origin and is one of the most suitable species. It is a docile species, extraordinarily beautiful and delicate!

Leopard Gecko live in arid areas especially rocky deserts, avoid sandy deserts. They are strictly nocturnal !!!! They keep away from the heat of the day by hiding in cracks and caves, and at night they go out hunting for insects (eat scorpions and other lizards!).

They live in colonies and are exclusively terrestrial (they do not have that ability that is common in gecko tokay or bottles to “climb” vertically on any surface).

Leopard Gecko’s Food

In general, the leopard gecko is an insectivore, which means it feeds on crickets, worms, moths, spiders, ants and other insects.

It is well known that gecko does not feed on corpses.

Leopard Gecko’s Features

They reach 20-25 cm in size, and the name comes from the spots that cover their body (at maturity), similar to the leopard’s spots.

The background color is yellow (in those with standard color), although several varieties of colors have appeared (albino, amelanistic, jungle, striped, leucistic, etc …), most being mutations produced by the selective crossing of parents with a special color.

It is a species where the eyelids are present (being able to blink, and when I sleep, I do so with my eyes closed). The toes have claws and cannot be “climbed” on vertical planes like other gecko species (eg, gecko bibroni, phelsuma, etc.).

The tail is very sensitive, being present the phenomenon of autotomy specific to the lizards (they break their tail when they feel threatened), but because of this fact a special care is needed in their handling because the tail contains the fat reserves and the water that helps them to resist without food and water a certain amount of time (which may differ depending on the temperature of the environment in which they live).

Leopard Gecko’s Reproduction

Leopard Gecko lizards are known as sex addicts in determining sex. Research shows that more females can come out at lower (26 – 30grC) and high (34 – 35grC) temperatures.

Males usually come out at intermediate temperatures (31 – 33grC). Females reproduced at higher temperatures (hot females) usually cannot reproduce.

Sexual maturity is reached at the age of 8-9 months. The breeding is done with one male and several females gecko. The females will sit in front of him and the male will choose with whom to mate.

When it is ready it will tail and follow the female. After catching it, the mating will take place. During the act she can bite her neck and sometimes her tail may come off. Don’t worry it will grow again.

The leopard gecko usually mates in the summer. Females can store sperm so no need for a male from the first mating period.

After mating the female lays two eggs at a time interval of 21 – 28 days. After 45-60 days small drops of moisture appear on the eggs and they may shrink a little, it is a sign that they are boiling.

The leopard baby will have an “egg tooth” on his muzzle that helps him break the shell to come out of the egg. This tooth will fall in 1-2 days.

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