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By Fionnuala Hutchins
The Library became the proud owners of two leopard geckos this spring. After taking suggestions for possible names, we held a Facebook poll to help us decide what to call our new friends. Thank you to all who participated and helped us name Speckles (big) and Freckles (small)!
Being Librarians, we have been hard at work researching everything we can on our two new friends! We are still learning lots of cool things about them everyday. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:
Why are they always hiding? Geckos are nocturnal animals. That means they sleep during the day and wake up at night! Their rock is a good place to sleep, and a good place to feel safe.
Can they escape? Nope. Leopard geckos have claws on their feet, not sticky pads like other geckos, so they can’t climb up the side of their home! Sorry PJ Masks, no super lizard grip here!
What are the lights for? Leopard geckos are from the desert. They like to be hot! The red light stays on all the time and provides heat. The white light also provides heat, but it only stays on during the day. It acts as the gecko’s sun and tells them when to sleep!
What do they eat? Leopard geckos love to eat crickets and mealworms! We give them vitamins with their food as well.
Are they boys or girls? Two male geckos won’t live together without fighting. They also have visible markings near their back legs. We think both geckos are girls.
Why does one look more colorful? If one gecko looks paler, it may be about to shed. The geckos shed their skin about once a month. What happens to the skin? They eat it!
Want to read more? Check out 597.95 in children’s nonfiction for books on geckos!