Where Do Leopard Geckos Live?

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Lizards can make ideal pets.
Lizards can make ideal pets. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson)

Leopard geckos are lizards that are easy pets to maintain. They are typically six to nine inches long. Leopard geckos need a constant water supply. They eat mealworms, crickets, grubs and sometimes pinky mice. Before bringing your new pet home, set up a suitable habitat for him and have a supply of food on hand. It’s a good idea to have a vet examine your leopard gecko for possible diseases or parasites.

Geography

Leopard geckos are native to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Habitat

When keeping a leopard gecko as a pet, choose a long aquarium rather than a tall but short one. Leopard geckos do not often climb. The habitat’s floor can be sand, newspaper or artificial turf.

Misconceptions

Most leopard geckos that are sold as pets were not captured in the wild. Rather, they were bred.

Life Span

Leopard geckos can live for a long time when they are cared for properly. According to Animal Planet, these lizards can live for 15 to 20 years. Some leopard geckos have lived for 30 years.

Considerations

Unlike many other lizards, your leopard gecko does not need special UV lighting; you can use an incandescent bulb. However, you will need to heat the tank with a special heating pad that goes under the tank.

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