The leopard gecko is a member of the reptilian class of animals. It is also known to be one of the smallest reptiles in the world. Some tiny geckos are known to only grow to reach a length of about 0.6 in (or 1.6 cm). However adult leopard geckos can grow to reach the length of 8 to 12 inches long and weigh as much as 60 to over 100 grams. In the United States, one of the most commonly bred lizards is the leopard gecko. Origin of this reptile came from the dry land of India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Leopard geckos are considered to be very god natured creatures. The big head and hard bodies of this reptile do not change the fact that these reptiles are very easy to take care of.
One thing that makes this lizard different from most other geckos is their physical structures. Leopard geckos have well developed eyelids. There toes do not have expanded toe tips (or webs), most other geckos does not have these features.
Leopard gecko has a vast variety of different colors and patterns. These are the things that make the gecko so popular especially among those who have a huge interest in the world of lizards. Over the years, through generations of breeding leopard geckos, a wide variety of new and unique colors and patterns have been created.
In general, there are at least twenty different varieties (or morphs) of the leopard gecko that are available in the market. Among the many different leopard gecko morphs include the las vegas (rainwater) albino, bell albino, tremper albino, tangerine, carrot-tail, stripe, reverse stripe, red stripe, giant, jungle, APTOR, mack snow, line bred snow, patternless, enigma, eclipse, and blizzards.
The Leopard geckos are one of the nocturnal creatures. This means that leopard geckos are most active during the night. They are also terrestrial animals meaning, this lizard prefers to live on dry land.
Leopard geckos can live up to 20 years provided that they are well taken cared of by their owners and that they are living in a proper environment. As a responsible owner, it is important to make sure that you keep your leopard gecko healthy and happy. You should see to it that you provide the few basic things that are needed by your leopard gecko. Vitamin supplement is a good way to keep your gecko at its best shape. Leopard geckos shed their skin habitually. Thus it is important to keep them in a humid type of habitat to make shedding properly become easy for them.
Providing a shed box for your pet gecko is a great way to help accommodate your pet. A shed box is essentially a hide box which has damp sphagnum moss. This will keep the hide moist and thus aids the leopard gecko in the shedding process. It is also important for a leopard gecko to maintain a healthy diet. Remember that leopard geckos store their fats on their tail so that they will have something to consume during the times of scarcity. This fact will give you an idea on what to look for in a healthy gecko. Take note that a leopard gecko with a fat tail is a healthy gecko.