Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko at Wingham Wildlife Park by Joan Hagan

Leopard Gecko Natural History


Generally growing from 8 inches to 10 inches (20 cm to 25 cm) but geckos of just over 12 inches (30 cm) have been recorded.

Habitat and Distribution

These lizards live in very arid rocky areas, spending the day time in rock crevices and using burrows built by other animals. Their main distribution is through Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, but also living in some areas of North-West India.


Vary from around 10 to 15 years in captivity in most cases but the oldest Leopard Gecko on record lived to 25 years and was already a fully grown adult when he arrived at the zoo where he resided.


These geckos feed almost entirely on small to medium sized insects however sometime (especially pregnant females) will seek out small baby mammals (such as mice).

Groups and Breeding

These animals are generally solitary and will breed sporadically throughout the year when their paths cross.

Interesting Facts

Leopard Geckos are one of the few geckos which have eyelids and so are able to blink and close their eyes while sleeping.

The Leopard Gecko During Your Day Out in Kent

Our leopard gecko is on display in the reptile house. This area is also home to many other reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.