KINGDOM:     Animalia

PHYLUM:        Chordata

CLASS:           Reptilia

ORDER:          Squamata

FAMILY:          Gekkonidae

GENUS:          Eublepharis

SPECIES:       E. macularius


What you should know:

1. Geckos are plentiful throughout the world.

2. The Geico gecko is a Day Gecko from Madagascar.

3. Some geckos can make vocalizations.



Indiana Wild has one leopard gecko, Leon.



Leopard geckos are desert geckos from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Leopard geckos are one of the few geckos that have eyelids. Most other geckos clean and moisten their eyes by licking them with their tongues. Their scientific name, Eu means true and blephar means eyelid (Greek). Macularis means spot or blemish (Latin). Leopard geckos store fat in their tails (like camels store fat in their humps).



There is no concern over wild populations of leopard geckos.



Leon was not rescued, he was re-homed to Indiana Wild from the Rainforest Adventure Zoo in Sevierville, TN. He came to Indiana Wild in December, 2010.



Geckos have become endearing figures in America thanks to the Geico car insurance gecko. Throughout the rest of the world, geckos are revered for their pest control abilities and are often kept in homes in tropical areas to eat flies and other bugs.