An Introduction to Geckos

Leopard geckos belong to the Eublepharidae family. This family includes all types of gecko which eyelids that can move. Members of this family also don't have 'toe-pads' so they aren;t able to climb smooth vertical walls like some other lizards can. The scientific name for the leopard gecko is Eublepharis macularis.

Where are leopard geckos found?

Leopard geckos are found in Pakistan, north west India and Afghanistan.

What are the differences between males and females?

Unlike some other species of animal, there aren't vast differences between male and female leopard geckos. Males are slightly chunkier and have a thicker neck and broader head than females.

The only reliable way of sexing a leopard gecko is by examining their underside. Young geckos of one month and older can be sexed by examination.

How big to geckos grow?

Fully grown adult leopard geckos will grow to about 8 inches long or ever so slightly more. New born leopard geckos are around 3.5 inches in length.

From new born to adult, a leopard gecko will increase in weight around 20 times. Adult leopard geckos will normally weigh about 45 to 60 grams but can sometimes approach 100 grams. Hatchling geckos will usually weigh around 2.5 to 3 grams.

Geckos will normally reach their fully grown adult size at around 18 months old.

How long to leopard geckos live?

Leopard geckos are relatively long-lived lizards. A well-known Herpetoculturist once reported a captive gecko lived for 29 years and beyond. Male leopard geckos usually outlive heir female counterparts.

For more fascinating information have a read of our gecko facts page.

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