Natural distribution and habitat of Leopard geckos

Natural distribution and habitat of Leopard geckos
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Leopard geckos are naturally found in South Asia ranging from India, through the desert parts of Pakistan up to parts of Afghanistan and Iran. These areas are well known for their harsh, diverse deserts ranging from typical desert areas to more savannah-type areas.

Natural distribution and habitat of Leopard geckos
Leopard geckos are naturally found in the desert parts of Pakistan extending into the southern parts of Afghanistan and Iran, and the northern parts of India.

These areas consist of multiple series’ of mountains and low lying areas where the surface is covered with 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.

Thar desert
The Thar desert – an example of the habitat Leopard geckos occurs naturally. Image by GFDL (CC BY-SA 3.0).

The annual rainfall of these desert areas 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.

Because wild Leopard geckos live in these harsh environments, they have adapted in various ways to survive. They will find shelter in more specific, more protected habitats. Leopard geckos prefer more rocky or scrubby areas which allow better shelter and protection.

About the author
Renier has a keen interest in the welfare of pet reptiles. He has been keeping and treating Leopard geckos for many years and has written various forms of literature on them and other fascinating reptiles.

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