DescriptionLeopard geckos have become one of the most popular reptiles to keep as a pet.
This is due to a number of factors including their comparative ease of care, manageable size when adults
and friendly disposition. They are a beautiful looking lizard and now there are now many colour variations to choose from.
Leopard geckos can throw their tail off as a defence, so never pick them up with it!
HabitatLeopard geckos are native to India, Pakistan. Iran and Afghanistan, where they live in the hot
and rocky desert. During winter they remain underground living off the fat they have stored in their tails.
SizeAdults are between 20.5-27.5cm (8.1-10.9 inches) long and hatchlings between 6.5-8.4 cm (2.6-3.3 inches).
When mature males tend to be bigger.
Life spanWith the correct care leopard gecko can live for 20 years or more
ChoosingAs they are a very popular reptile leopard geckos are readily available either from local retailers or breeders.
When purchasing check for the animal's general demeanour, which should be very energetic.
You should also check around the mouth, nose and eyes for any discharge. The eyes should be alert and bright.
Also check the the animal's body for any sores.