Leopard Gecko's in our Classroom
Fulton 8th graders have taken an extreme liking to our classroom gecko companions. In their interest, it became very obvious that we could use this opportunity to learn a great deal about the science of animal care, life requirements, life cycles, etc. Students immediately took ownership of this opportunity and worked to raise funds for additional enclosures, equipment, food, a reptile egg incubator, and even more adult geckos. We recently purchased three additional female geckos in an effort to have offspring. Students have been learning about the methods for appropriate housing and care of their geckos as well as the reproductive process. It has been exciting to see students take ownership of their learning and engage in practical research.
Leopard Gecko Facts
Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius
Native Habitat: Found in the Middle East into India in rocky, grassland and desert areas.
Lifespan: 6-10 years normally in captivity, but can go up to over 27 years.
Size: Males 7-10 inches and Females 7-8 inches. (some can be larger)
Expert Level: Great for beginners of all ages.
Enclosures and Housing
Enclosure: Terrarium or (Rubbermaid or Sterlite) tub. Baby gecko's should be housed in 5 gallon to 10 gallon tanks. As gecko's grow they should be transferred to a larger enclosure. A 20 gallon or slightly larger tank for extra room will work great.
Housing Multiple Leopard Geckos: Do not house males together. Females can live together if they are of similar size. One male and female(s) of similar size can live together, but it should be noted that babies will be the outcome. You will need a larger enclosure for a group.