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Leopard Geckos In The Wild

 

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Photograph taken from the Thar Desert, India - by Laxman Burdak

Wild Leopard Gecko Deserts

Wild Leopard geckos find themselves in a group of very harsh, but diverse deserts, ranging from India, through the desert parts of Pakistan up to Afghanistan. These deserts range from typical desert, up to more savannah type areas where the surface is covered with what is called a wild maize of high and low sand dunes and ridges, separated by sandy plains and low barren hills. The ground consist of various soil types namely, red soils, brownish gray soils, red and yellow soils, saline soils, shallow weathered soils and soft loose soils. All these soils are predominantly coarse-textured, well-drained and calcium-bearing.

The annual rainfall in these deserts is generally low of which the most occur from July to September. May and June are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures rising to 50 C / 122 F. During the winter months the temperature ranges between 5 and 10 C / 41 and 50 F and frost is frequent. Desert vegetation is mostly herbaceous or stunted scrub with drought-resistant trees seen here and there.

Leopard Geckos In The Wild

Because wild Leopard geckos live in these harsh environments, they have adapted in various ways to survive. Leopard geckos in the wild find shelter in more specific, more protected habitats. They prefer more rocky or scrubby areas which does not only allow for Leopard geckos hiding, but also protects them from the immediate elements of the desert.

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