Leopard Gecko 1

Leopard gecko

Scientific name: Eublepharis macularius


The leopard gecko is so-called due to its distinct ‘spotty’ patterning. Its skin is covered in knob-like bumps which gives it the appearance of looking very rough. However, the gecko’s skin is actually very smooth to touch.

The leopard gecko is native to parts of the Middle East and Asia. They tend to be found in dry grassland and rocky desert areas. These lizards are mostly ground-dwelling.

This species of gecko is part of the Eublepharis family which is the only family of geckos that have moveable eyelids. Most geckos have scales on their eyes to protect them and lick their eyeballs to keep them clean. However, due to the presence of eyelids, the leopard gecko is able to blink and sleep with its eyes shut.

Least Concern (Inc. Bar)
  1. We live...

    In the Reptile House, next to the meerkat enclosure.

  1. Size Fact

    They can grow up to 25cm from head to tail.

  2. Food Fact

    In the wild, leopard geckos eat small lizards, insects, spiders and scorpions.

  3. Fun Fact

    Leopard geckos are incredibly docile; because of this they make popular pets.

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