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    Introduction to Leopard Geckos
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Taxonomy
         Physical Characteristics
             Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Lamellae
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Behaviors
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                   Leopard Gecko Rack Plans
                       1. Rack Plans (p1)
                       2. Rack Plans (p2)
                       3. Rack Plans (p3)
                  Leopard Geckos Breeding Rack Plans  Breeding Rack Plans
                  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Simple Rack System Plans
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Heat Tape
                   Wiring Heat Tape To Racks
                  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Wiring Tape To Dimmer Switches
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Custom Enclosures
    Substrates
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Artificial
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Natural
                Calcium Sand Substrates - Dangers
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Hides - Shelters
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Moist Hide Creation
    Heating
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Heat Rocks - Hidden Danger
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Temperature Control
    Lighting
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Tank Decor
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Landscaping - WIP
         Artificial Terrain
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Planting
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Diet
         Supplementation
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Feeder Prey
             Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Feeding - Offering Prey - Quantities
                   Complete Feeder Insect Index
                        Breeding Crickets
                       Breeding Mealworms  Breeding Mealworms
                       Breeding Waxworms  Breeding Waxworms
                       Breeding Butterworms  Breeding Butterworms
                       Breeding Superworms  Breeding Superworms
                       Breeding Silkworms  Breeding Silkworms
                       Breeding Phoenix Worms  Breeding Phoenix Worms
                       Breeding Orange Spotted Roaches  Breeding Orange Spotted Roach
                       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Breeding Lobster Roaches
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Handling
    Cleaning
  Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Breeding
       Leopard Gecko Breeding Preparations  Preparations
         Sexing
         Cooling
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Grouping
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Egg Collecting
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Egg Candling
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Incubation
       Temperature Effects On Leopard Gecko Incubation  Temperature Effects On Incubation
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Rearing Offspring
       Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Large Scale - Commercial
    Genetics
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Introduction
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Terminology
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Basics 101
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Punnett Square
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Morphs List - WIP
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Ontogeny Chronology - WIP
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Creating New Morphs
    Health
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Quarantining
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Common Diseases
                Parasites
               Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Identification - Treatments
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Impaction
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  MBD (Hypocalcemia)
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Caudal Autotomy (Dropped Tail)
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Shedding Issues
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Vision Issues
          Leopard Geckos In Captivity  Cagemate Aggression
    Miscellaneous
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Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) Taxonomy

Advanced Leopard Gecko Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
   Suborder: Scleroglossa
       Infraorder: - Gekkota
Family: Eublepharidae
   Subfamily: Eublepharinae
Genus: Eublepharis
Species: E. macularius
 
Common Leopard Gecko Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
   Subfamily: Eublepharinae
Genus: Eublepharis
Species: E. macularius

Eublepharis macularius Etymology: Eu = good/true - blephar = eyelid - macularius = spotted
Eublepharis macularius = True eyelid spotted gecko
Kingdom: Animalia
Animalia is the kingdom which includes organisms that have a true nucleus (eukaryotic). They are multi-cellular, and do not make their own food. (heterotrophic).


Phylum: Chordata
Chordates are animals that have a notochord (a rod-shaped supporting axis, or backbone) at some point in their life. Chordates include the vertebrates, cephalochordates, and urochordates.


Class: Reptilia
Reptilia is the class of cold-blooded, air-breathing vertebrates. They have a completely ossified skeleton and a body usually covered with scales or horny plates.


Order: Squamata
Members of the order Squamata have movable quadrate bones. (Quadrate bones help form part of the jaw joint.) Males of this group possess hemipenis'.


Suborder: Scleroglossa
Scleroglossa means "hard-tongued" and is one of the 2 major groups that resulted from squamates splitting up 30+ million years ago. The other is Iguania.


Infraorder: Gekkota
This infraorder groups all geckos and the legless Pygopodidae. (legless lizards)


Family: Eublepharidae
The Eye-lid geckos.


Subfamily: Eublepharinae
A subfamily that contains the following genera: Coleonyx, Eublepharis, Goniurosaurus, Hemitheconyx, Holodactylus


Genus: Eublepharis
The true eye-lid geckos. Defined by their lack of lamellae, functioning eye-lids, nocturnal nature, and bumpy skin texture.


Species: E. macularius
Commonly known as the Leopard Gecko.
(Sub-species include: Eublepharis macularius afghanicus, Eublepharis macularius fasciolatus, Eublepharis macularius macularius, Eublepharis macularius montanus and Eublepharis macularius smithi)

References
· Laurie Vitt, Eric R. Pianka, 2006. The Scaly Ones. Natural History Magazine, Archives
· Lowell Ackerman, 1997, The Biology, Husbandry, and Health Care of Reptiles, Volume 1
· Philippe de Vosjoli, Ron Tremper, Roger Klingenberg, 2005, Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos
· Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
· Wikipedia - Taxonomy

· Taxonomy is always evolving and changing. As of writing this resource, the taxonomic structure was accurate.

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