Geographical Range Iran to northwest India
Habitat Rocky deserts, dry grasslands
Scientific Name Eublepharis macularius
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

One look at this little animal’s markings and you can guess where it gets the name “leopard.” The leopard gecko is active at night, when it searches on the ground for scorpions, spiders, beetles, and other small insects to eat. To escape a predator, it has the ability to lose its tail, which will slowly grow back.

You may not expect this little lizard to make a sound, but it can produce high-pitched squeaks and clicks.

Leopard geckos are long-lived, hardy little reptiles. Because of this, and the fact that they are gentle when handled, they are popular in the pet trade.