Leopard Gecko

The Leopard Gecko is naturally found in the highlands of Asia and throughout Afghanistan, to parts of northern India. They like rocky, dry grassland and desert regions. They stay burrowed during the day but become active at dawn and dusk when the temperature is favourable. Geckos are solitary, and don’t usually live with other animals.

Leopard Geckos typically feed on crickets, roaches, mealworms/superworms, and other insects. Their keen sense of smell and sight allows them to search for food in the wild, so they will stalk their prey somewhat like an actual leopard will, moving their tail, and then striking when they are satisfied.

Leopard Geckos found in the wild typically have more dark, dull and drab colourations than those kept in captivity as pets. Those in captivity generally have an assortment of skin colours and patterns. The skin of a leopard gecko is very durable, which provides protection from the rough sand rocky hills terrain of their dry environment.

Leopard Gecko @ Safari Niagara

  • The Leopard Gecko can be found at the Safari Niagara reptile house.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilila
Order: Squamata
Family: Eublepharidae
Genus: Eublepharis
Species: E. macularius

Did you know?

  • Temperatures in their native areas can be quite low which forces the Leopard Gecko underground into semi-hibernation.
  • The majority of captive Leopard Geckos refuse to eat dead prey.
  • Leopard Geckos have the ability to voluntarily detach their tails if they are attacked.