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Leopard gecko

Eublepharis macularius

Leopard geckos are nocturnal, so they spend their days hiding under rocks or in wood.

Unlike other geckos, a leopard gecko has moveable eyelids and they do not have adhesive toes but do have tiny claws at the end of their toes. The body length is 20 – 25 cms long and can weight up to 80 grams.

The tail of a leopard gecko can detach from the body when they are grabbed or disturbed. The tail will continue to wriggle allowing the gecko to escape, they do grow a new one again.

The leopard gecko is part of our educational programme and is not available for public viewing.

IUCN Status

The IUCN status of the Leopard gecko is least concern.

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Animal class


Conservation status

Not at risk of extinction in the near future, however is threatened by habitat destruction through mining and quarrying and at risk from the pet trade and used in local traditional medicine.


Grassland and desert – found in Western India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.




Carnivore – an insectivore who eats spiders, insects and worms.