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5 Cool Facts about Leopard Geckos

Learn five cool facts about leopard geckos from reptile and amphibian expert Jungle Bob in this Howcast video.

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Probably the number two animal in the pet world of lizards, after Bearded Dragons, are Leopard Geckos. Leopard Geckos are a terrestrial animal, meaning they live their life on the ground. And you'll find them in the Middle East, from Iran, Afghanistan, those types of areas, mountainous rugged terrain dominated by sand, dominated by very hot temperatures during the day and very cool in the evening. They are, therefore, an animal that's seldom seen during the day. They spend most of their time underneath the ground because of the high heat. They'll come out at dusk. They'll forage for their favorite food, which of course are insects. And they're quite visible at that time of the day.

I know a lot of military guys that are spending time over in those areas of the world and they tell me about the variety of colors and things they see on the Leopard Geckos in the wild. Primarily, they're spotted like a leopard, but through captive breeding we find them now in all different colors, all different patterns, solid yellow, solid black, striped. You name it, Leopard Geckos are being bred that way.

Cool facts about them. If you see up close, it's hard, but they have an ear on the side. Of course, one of the things that differentiates lizards from snakes. Snakes don't have any ears, but lizards do, for the most part. And the Leopard Gecko has got a very strange one in that if I put a flashlight on this side and shined it through, I could see right out his ear, through his other ear and out his body into the background. It's transparent. It's a solid ear canal, but I could see right through his head. So it gives him a lot of bad names, like he's an airhead and things of that nature. But that's not really true. It's just the way this animal's ear canals are formed.

Leopard Geckos shed their skin in patches. The Leopard Gecko kind of has a habit of covering his trail. What he'll do in the wild and in captivity is when he sheds his skin, he makes a meal of it to make it disappear so he can't be tracked. Very simple creature, the Leopard Gecko from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iran. I guess they're not totally bad places. Checked out this cool lizard.

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