Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
The leopard gecko lizard has been bred in captivity in the United States for more than 30 years and is one of the most commonly kept lizards today. These hardy saurians come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. This is a great species for the home. Imagine a lizard that can vocalize and wash an eye with its tongue with ease! There is a friendly dinosaur in this small package.
Leopard Gecko Availability
Captive-bred leopard geckos can be found in pet stores, at reptile shows, and on the Internet. Many breeders have websites where you can learn about, select, and purchase healthy leopards, which range in price from $20 to $3,000. There is a huge collector market worldwide for the rarer variations of leopard geckos.
Leopard Gecko Size
Hatchlings measure 3” to 4” long . Adult females are typically 7” to 8”, and males 8” to 10”. Some males of the giant bloodlines can reach nearly a foot.
Leopard Gecko Life SpanLeopard geckos are long-lived compared to some reptiles. On average you can expect your gecko to live six to 10 years, but many males live 10 to 20 years. At least one male is still breeding at 27½ years of age.