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Eye of the Gecko

Adaptations of a Leopard Gecko

Max & Jessy
Live, Eat or be Eaten
Special Behaviors and Human Significance
Gecko Acrostic Poem

Max and Jessy on my shoulder

Behavioral Traits
  • good pets for setting on shoulder - like to be high so they can see any potential preditors
  • they do not like to be set on the floor or let loose, they run under an object, such as a couch - they do not like to be out in the open beacuse it makes them an easier targtet for preditors

Innate Traits

  • when geckos shed, they will eat their skin so that they will be undetectable to potential preditors 
  • Nitrogenous waste is excreated in solid crystal form as uric acid instead of urine - this allows them to more efficiently use the small amounts of water that they drink 


  • in wild - live in loose colonies (all of the geckos live in the same general area, but they do not have a sense of companionship)
  •  male/female or female/female - will sometimes huddle or snuggle for warmth or just for fun
  • male/female or female/female - will sometimes play and chase one another for entertainment during the night



  • in captivity, there can not be two male geckos in the same enclosed area, because they will fight to the death 
  • you can have many geckos in one area, as long as there is only one male, the females are not territorial  
  • in my experience, when I introduced Jessy to Max and his cage, they adapted immediately


  • squeaking -  feeling threatened expect a warning squeak
  • biting - feeling threatened, they will bite at their attacker, which is somewhat pointless to a larger animal or person, because they have no teeth


  • in the wild - nocturnal - will adapt to the changing amount of sunlight, depending on the time of year 
  • playing with a domesticated gecko during the day - will adapt to sleeping in cycles when they are in their cage with the "day light" on
  • domesticated - owners must make sure that the "day light" is on for 12 hours, otherwise the gecko will become sleep deprived 

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  • fast runner - with temparatures in the 100's - allows them to run across the sand without burrning the pads of their feet
  • no sticky feet - sand would stick to feet
  • claws - increased traction in the sand
  • tail regrowth - tail injury requires regrowth because they store all excess fat in tail, bladder is also in tail
  • large head and large eyes - looks fiercer
  • extra thick skin - prevents drying out - protects from scrapes

Preditor - Survival

  • fast runner - helps them to escape preditors
  • claws - allows them to climb plants so they can see preditors and find prey
  • regrowable tail - preditor bites tail - tail comes off - tail continues to move - preditor is distracted - Leopard Gecko escapes
  • camoflage - spots on Leopard Gecko allow them to blend in with bushes, sand, and sand


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