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Leopard Gecko

Lively and active  (other names: Eublepharis macularius)

Leopard Gecko
origin:Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
life expectancy:20-30 years
family:Terrestrial, nocturnal
size: Large
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The Leopard Gecko is a lizard native to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India inhabiting arid regions, such as rocky deserts and arid grasslands.  The Leopard Gecko is the largest of the geckos and it is one of the five species belonging to the genus Eublepharis. Its scientific name Eublepharis macularius means: Eublepharis (greek) = good or true eyelid; macularius (latin) = spotted, and describes its fully movable eyelids and spotted skin. Its common name derives from the leopard-like spots which pattern the body of adult animals. Leopard Geckos are nocturnal and often live in loose colonies. This species is seldom found off of the ground. During day time they shelter themselves under rocks or in holes and crevices, higher in humidity, emerging at night to feed on insects, scorpions and occasionally other lizards.   It is said to be the first lizard species to be bred in captivity and although some of these animals may still be wild-caught, most are captive-bred specimens. The Leopard Gecko has a gentle temperament, takes up little space and it is not demanding in terms of food, being the ideal pet for lizard fanciers.
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