I'm starting off this year's April A-Z blogging challenge by writing about Aurora, one of my Leopard geckos. Aurora is currently 6 years old. She'll be 7 in September of this year. She is a Tremper albino het. diablo blanco, for any of you who might be into genetics. I got Aurora from a gecko breeder back in 2009. I originally got her as a partner for Haku, my male Leopard gecko who has since passed on. Haku and Aurora had just one baby that hatched successfully, Miyuki (who we kept). The rest of Aurora's eggs turned out to be infertile. Not wanting to continue putting her through the stress of laying eggs just to have them all turn out to be infertile, I decided to retire her from breeding and just keep her as a pet. Aurora lives in a 20 gallon aquarium, right next to her daughter Miyuki, in our "pet room".
When we first got Aurora she was healthy, but skittish. She's calmed down a lot since then and turned out to be a very docile lizard. I don't handle my geckos all that often, but when I do Aurora tolerates it well.
I may be biased, but I think that Aurora is a very pretty lizard. I've had numerous people, even some who aren't usually reptile fans, comment on how beautiful she is. I'd say that her most interesting physical feature is the circle design she has on her nose. It looks like a cheerio!
Leopard geckos are very easy to care for. They make good beginner lizards for anyone who is new to keeping reptiles. If you're interested in learning more about their care, I wrote a basic care sheet last year that you can still read here.
Leopard geckos in captivity can have very long life spans, up to over 20 years if they are cared for well and luck is on their side! So hopefully we'll have Aurora with us for many many more years.