Fish Fact File

Leopard gecko

Zone 2

Leopard geckos are larger than many other gecko species. These animals have the ability to voluntarily detach their tails if they are attacked; this is called caudal autotomy. After autotomy the tail can continue to twitch for as long as 30 minutes, allowing the gecko to escape from its predator. The tail will start to regenerate immediately because it is needed for survival; a lost tail may increase the chance of sickness in the gecko.