Leopard geckos are an excellent beginner reptile and are also suitable for experienced gecko owners. When looking for a suitable reptile to keep at home, one of the thoughts that may come to your mind is whether leopard geckos are endangered species.
Leopard geckos are commonly found in arid regions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Western India. In the wild, leopard geckos prefer living under rocks or in small caves to avoid the temperature extremes and light. However, leopard geckos are not endangered in the wild.
In this article, you will learn whether leopard geckos are endangered, how popular leopard geckos are, and unique facts about leopard geckos.
Are Leopard Geckos Endangered?
According to the IUCN list, leopard geckos are not listed among the endangered animals. However, there are many species of leopard geckos that are threatened by habitat destruction.
Although there is a report that leopard geckos are endangered species of lizard in Pakistan because of deforestation, smuggling, and hunting, leopard geckos are still pretty much in abundance in the wild and in captivity.
How Popular Leopard Geckos Are?
Leopard geckos are known as the first domesticated lizard. They are very popular, and more than three million captive leopard geckos bred in the United States. The captive leos are available in different color morphs that the ones found in the wild.
Leopard geckos are popular in the pet industry because of its abundance of different color morphs. They are also family-friendly lizards, and it is very easy to take care of them. They don’t demand more, and their feeding requirements are pretty straightforward.
They are hardy and easy to breed in captivity and have docile temperaments, which means they do not bite. They are more active at night, and you will enjoy watching and feeding them with insects. They love handling and can hang on your shirt while you walk around or place it on your shoulder.
Other Facts About Leopard Geckos That You Never Heard
Leopard geckos are magnificent and docile reptiles. They do not have venom and are not a dangerous animal that you can keep. This is why they are a common pet; some of the unique facts about leopard geckos are stated below.
They Cannot Climb Well
Unlike other geckos, leopard geckos cannot climb walls very well. This is because they do not have sticky toes that help to cling to walls and smooth vertical surfaces. Instead, leopard geckos have small claws that are perfect for terrestrial living.
Leopard geckos use the claw to climb walls, but it is not as efficient as the adhesive lamellae on other geckos’ hands.
Other unique facts about leopard geckos are stated below:
- They are believed to be among the first domesticated species of lizards.
- Unlike other geckos, leopard geckos have true eyelids and can blink.
- Their ear holes are located on their head. If you shine a light through an ear, you will see the light through the other ear.
- Leopard geckos cannot be affected by scorpion stings.
- Leopard geckos are known to have the best eyesight among the lizard species. They have a vision similar to that of a cat.
Fully understanding your leopard gecko will help you better take care of them. As a suggestion, we would recommend you to get a good leopard gecko book. Not to become an expert on leopard gecko care but will help you avoid the common mistake in new pet lizard owners.
Last update on 2020-09-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
This shows that it is a complete lie if anybody mentions that leopard geckos are endangered. They are still in abundance in the wild and captivity.