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Common leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Eublepharidae
Genus: Eublepharis
Gray, 1827

Eublepharis angramainyu
Eublepharis fuscus
Eublepharis hardwickii
Eublepharis macularius
Eublepharis turcmenicus

The genus Eublepharis, of which one known type is the leopard geckos, were first described by the British zoologist John Edward Gray in 1827. The etymology of their name is 'eu' = good (=true) |'blephar' = eyelid, and all have fully functional eyelids. Members of this genus are found in eastern and southwestern Asia where they are found in rocky grassland habitats. These geckos are sturdily built. Their tail is shorter than their snout-vent length and their body is covered with numerous wart-like bumps. The toes do not have adhesive lamellae or membrane (Eublepharis cannot climb like their other gecko cousins). Eublepharis are crepuscular or nocturnal ground-dwellers. Included in this group is the popular pet gecko: the leopard gecko. A common misconception about Leopard Geckos is that they live in dry, arid deserts, but they are from the rocky grasslands in southwestern Asia. They avoid deserts.

Species of the genus Eublepharis[edit]

The members of the Goniurosaurus kuroiwae superspecies were formerly considered members of the genus Eublepharis.

External links[edit]

Eublepharis in the Reptile Database

Eublepharis key identifiers[edit]


Eublepharis can be found throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Northwest India, and Pakistan.[1] They prefer dry, semi-dry, and more arid grassland regions.

  1. ^ "Eublepharis macularius (Common Leopard Gecko)". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 2018-10-24.