What are they and where do they come from?

The Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis macularius) are native to the rocky, dry grassland and desert areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India and Iran. Unlike other breeds of gecko, they have eyelids.

How big are they?

Adult geckos are about 20.5 to 27.5 cm (8.1 to 10.9 inches) in length

How long do they live?

They can live for over 10 years, some males have been known to live over 20 years.

What kind of a tank do I need?

Glass terrariums or wooden vivariums are both fine for the leopard gecko.

What sort of heat does it need?

We recommend a desert heat mat. Although they are a desert reptile, they are nocturnal so they don't expect the same amount of sunlight as say a bearded dragon.

What sort of light does it need?

A nightlight can be used to give a moon-like glow. Some owners report that adding a UVB light does improve colouring.

What else do I need in my tank?

Some hiding places such as a coco hide would be a good idea as would a sandy substrate and some hanging plants. Have in mind the kind of environment in the middle east a leopard gecko would naturally expect. It would be dry and arid but not completely without foliage.

What does it eat?

Crickets are a great live food because geckos like to hunt down fast-moving prey.

What are the positives about Leopard Geckos?

Out of all the popular reptiles they are probably the easiest to care for.

What are the negatives about Leopard Geckos?

As a nocturnal animal they sleep most of the day so they are not ideal for young children who may go to bed before the gecko gets up!

Video of a leopard gecko shedding its skin.

If you are looking for an alternative to a Leopard Gecko, take a look at our Crested Gecko care sheet.