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Posted by jeffmedley on May 09, 2003 at 08:09:59:
In Reply to: You would think... posted by the lizard lady on May 08, 2003 at 17:09:56:
Here we go again. Biology lesson #2 I'm gonna start charging tutoring fees... :)
Geckos are ectothermic(coldblooded), body temps are dictated by the environment. Their body temp will be the temp of the environment +\- a few degrees because they do produce a little of their own body heat. When icubating they have know way of controlling their eggs temps themselves, so....
Leopard geckos are not found running through the open desert. They are found in india, pakistan, and afganistan (or whats left of it), in the mountain/rocky regions. Using rocky outcroppings and caves, or burrowing, maintains a steady temp. day or night. Caves are awesome for desert like animals because it allows for a nearly constant temp and humidity day or night.
I cant speak directly about leos, but this is how the typical desert reptile works. Desert survival tip #1. 120 degrees is way to damn hot, even for herps. Sleep during the day, go out at night when its cooler.