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Torias, the Pet of the Day
Name: Torias
Age: Four months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Leopard Gecko
Home: Eugene, Oregon, USA
 
   Meet Torias Dax, the Leopard Gecko. I first encountered him one day on an excursion to a pet store. I was walking by the reptile section and he popped his head out of the hide area. He was the only gecko in the enclosure that announced his presence. He followed me with his eyes as I approached. I knew right then and there that I had to take him home with me. He is the most inquisitive and personable leopard gecko that I have ever met. Watching him grow and learn how to hunt has been a unique and awesome experience. I love sharing my home with such a primal spirit.

    Some interesting facts about leopard geckos (also know as: why they are so darned neat):

    Naturally, leopard geckos live in the deserts of Asia and throughout Pakistan, to the northwestern parts of India. Most leopard geckos kept as pets are bred domestically, however. They are the first reptile species to be domesticated.

    Unlike most geckos, leopard geckos possess movable eyelids. Like a lot of lizards, leopard geckos can detach their tails as a defense mechanism against predators. The tail will grow back, but it is usually shorter than the original. Leopard geckos are also known to have temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Research shows that more females can be produced in predominantly cool temperatures (about 26-30 °C (79-86 °F)) and very warm temperatures (about 34-35 °C (93-95 °F)). It was recorded that males are produced at the intermediate temperatures (about 31-33 °C (88-91 °F)).

    Leopard geckos are fascinating creatures, I have found. Living with Torias is like living with a miniature dinosaur of my very own.

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