Introduction to Leopard Geckos
Leopard Geckos are beautiful lizards in yellow color with black spots, it’s because of their color and spot they got their name and that is why their sale is so high. These lizards are found in deserts in Southern Asia and are in abundant numbers throughout Pakistan and some parts of India. These geckos are very famous lizards known for being kept as a pet or being kept in captivity.
These lizards can live well in deserts, rocky and grassland. During winters they undergo hibernation and use fat to keep them alive which is stored in their tails. While in summers or springs these lizards go underground and sleep, there are more active at dawn or dusk or when temperature is cooler and favorable.
These lizards can have length between the range of 8 inches and 10 inches, if fed well and given proper nutrition they can outgrow this size. These lizards have soft skin and have fat tails. Their tails are fat because they store fat in it which can later be used when hibernating. A sign of a healthy Leopard Gecko is its fat tail. Males are of yellow color with dark brown spots on their skin, they tail has a fader color and they are white underneath. Males are heavier, broader and lengthier than females. They are one of the few lizards which have moveable eye lids. They have small legs and hands to enable them to move and climb quickly. On either side of their head are ears which are protected by tympanic membrane. When looking for them to keep as pets, one should consider their body color, their size, weight and length.
Housing for Leopard Gecko
A large aquarium or a glass or plastic fish tank is highly recommended for Leopard Gecko housing instead of those metal wired cages. The tanks/aquarium should be large enough and natural enough to provide Leopard Gecko its original habitat. The enclosure must have rocks, play sand, and artificial plants and tree branches so that the lizard can have space to climb, roam around and also a place to hide.
For a couple of Leopard Geckos, the size is recommended 35 cm x 25cm x 15 cm and for a large number of Geckos a fish tank with capacity of holding 10 gallons of water is recommended. Remember that these lizards are dwelling animals and so fill the play sand in aquarium through which they can make a dwell easily. After at least 2 to three months change the sand and replace it with a new one as it might get polluted with water, food waste and Leopard gecko’s excretes, the maintenance of their housing is important.
There should be proper space made for food and water bowls. Accessories such as rocks and artificial plants and tree branches should be arranged properly to avoid them falling and injuring your pet Geckos.