Leopard Gecko

The leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) is a small, nocturnal lizard native to the arid regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, north-west India, and Iran. It is named for its distinctive spotted pattern, resembling that of a leopard, which typically features a yellow or tan base color with black or brown spots. Adult leopard geckos generally grow to about 20-28 cm (8-11 inches) in length. They have a robust body, a large head, and a thick tail where they store fat reserves. Unlike many other geckos, leopard geckos have movable eyelids, which they use to keep their eyes clean and moist.

Fun Fact about the Leopard Gecko

A fascinating fact about leopard geckos is their ability to regenerate their tails. If threatened by a predator, a leopard gecko can voluntarily shed its tail, a process known as autotomy. The detached tail continues to wiggle, distracting the predator and giving the gecko a chance to escape. Over time, the gecko will regenerate a new tail, although it may not be as perfectly shaped or patterned as the original. This remarkable survival strategy is a testament to the gecko’s adaptability and resilience in its harsh natural environment.

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