How Does a Leopard Gecko's Tail Function?

Learn what you need to know about a leopard gecko's tail from the animal experts at traveling petting zoo Squeals on Wheels in this Howcast video.

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Hello, my name is Jill Phillips, and I'm co-owner of Squeals on Wheels, a traveling petting zoo and pony rides. My name is John Phillips. We have horses, miniature horses. We have miniature llamas and alpacas, chickens, ducks. We have bearded dragons. Our website is www.squealsonwheels.us.

Leopard gecko's tails are quite interesting. They, like other lizards, lose their tails, particularly as a defense mechanism and also because of stress and disease and some other causes. The leopard's tail is constructed where is has actual soft tissue areas where a predator that is chasing a gecko that catches it by its tail, that soft tissue area will separate, and it's a naturally caused issue with the geckos. The tail can actually drop off without the predator bitting it, and it will wiggle and the predator will spend some time looking at its tail while the leopard can get away. There's the soft tissue area also constricts its blood vessels immediately upon release of the tail, and it doesn't cause any problems of excessive blood loss. The tail after it's lost will grow back. It will look a bit different, but it's gonna be replaced by another tail. When a leopard gecko's tail does drop off, you to have a couple of considerations. You need to keep up a clean area in its cage so it doesn't get infections. It's better to have a covering of newspapers over the bottom of the cage. It can absorb any droppings or any of the liquids that comes out of the geckos, and you must keep other geckos away from him because other geckos tend to bully or pick on the gecko. Also need to watch when feeding crickets. The crickets will actually go after the gecko if they're left in there for a long time. So take any excess crickets after about 4 or 5 minutes of eating with the gecko. Take them out and feed them again later.

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