||Four months old|
||Eugene, Oregon, USA|
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
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
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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