Animal Class: Reptiles
Length: 7-9 inches
Lifespan: up to 30 years in captivity
Diet: Wild: insects and spiders Zoo: crickets and wax worms
Habitat: Leopard geckos live in the rocky desert and dry grasslands of western India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Leopard geckos have yellow coloration with patterns of brown or black spots and bands (the lightest shades may appear purplish). They are soft to the touch and have small, bumpy-looking scales. These geckos have slender toes with small claws instead of the enlarged toes with clinging toe pads of most other gecko species. The leopard gecko’s tail is often plump. The leopard gecko’s genus name, eublepharis means “good eyelids,” since leopard geckos, unlike most gecko species, have eyelids.