FUN FACTS/DID YOU KNOW #3....
THE LEOPARD GECKO TAIL
Their tails are one of the most fascinating features of the leopard gecko.
When food is scarce for Leopard geckos in the wild, they can rely on their ability to store excess fat in their tails. Leopard geckos have a tail that can detach if they feel threatened or are grabbed by a predator, giving them time to escape (this can also happen in captivity if they are suddenly spooked by something, the first thing to do is not to panic, just keep the tank clean, paper towel is best as you change this often to prevent infection). Remove moss as well as you don't want that going into the wound. Use damp paper towel in their moist hide.
DID YOU KNOW that the technical term for the ability to drop the tail is called causal autotomy. In most cases the breakage occurs only when the tail has been grasped with sufficient force, however leopard geckos can perform true autotomy, detaching the tail themselves when they feel they're in life threatening situations. Geckos will grow their tails back, but it normally doesnt look the same as the first one.
The tail will take 65 days to grow back.
Their tails are also used when hunting...they will stalk their prey somewhat like an actual leopard will, moving their tail, and then striking at their prey (normally with fantastic accuracy)! Their tail wiggle is very cool to see...watch your leo hunt and you may see them do it too!
Geckos have a defensive response where they will lower their body while keeping their head high to look at the source of the threat. They then point their tail in the air and slowly wag it. This could be in response to a predator, another gecko that they are wary of, or even you if you surprised them or they aren’t used to you yet. If they do this don't worry, just stay quiet and give your leo a chance to calm down and realise you aren't a threat. Don't attempt to pick them up if they are showing the signs of stress as they could bite in this situation or potentially drop their tail. Pawtners@_terra.petz_ @curlylizardgirl @marcy_pets_ @_reptiqueen_ @goldengecks @smiley.gecko @geckoery @Victorian.morphs @mushu.the.leopard.gecko