Leopard Gecko

ZOO LOCATION: The Loft and Scutes Family Gallery

Wild Diet: Carnivorous; small insects and spiders

Zoo Diet: Crickets, mealworms, earthworms, grasshoppers, locusts.

Predators: Usually anything larger than them. They don't have any major defenses, so they are easy prey


IUCN Status: Least Concern

Habitat/Range: Leopard Geckos inhabit deserts and arid grasslands of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northwest India.

Characteristics: Most adults are yellow or cream colored with dark brown spots. There is little difference between male and female leopard geckos in appearance. Males may have a broader head and females have a slightly larger body. Leopard geckos are one of only a few geckos that have eyelids. This helps the gecko keeps its eyes clean and free from dust which is prevalent in its environment. Leopard geckos do not have toe pads which is unusual also. Instead they have small claws.

Behavior: They are nocturnal creatures sheltering themselves beneath rocks and in burrows.

Reproduction: Usually breed between March and September. About a month after mating, females will begin laying 1-2 eggs. Clutches of eggs will continue to be laid for the rest of the mating season. Eggs will hatch 6-12 weeks after being laid. Eggs incubate between 78 - 82 degrees. Gender is thought to be determined by the temperature at incubation.

Conservation: Leopard geckos are very popular in the pet trade and sometimes are unfortunately released to the wild in non-indigenous areas. If you are considering an exotic pet, such as this gecko, purchase only from a trusted breeding source and do not release the animal into the wild. Introducing non-native animals can damage the environment and outcompete native wildlife and spread disease.