Merry and Pippin
Species: Leopard Gecko
Diet: Carnivore (crickets, mealworms, superworms, etc.)
Merry and Pippin are in the “student teacher’ phase of their careers, and are steadily learning the ins and outs of teaching. They enjoy showing off their physical adaptations to students, and really like it when someone gets to experience what it’s like to touch their skin of the first time (it feels bumpy like a basketball)!
Like many small lizards, leopard geckos can autotomize, or shed, their tail to distract a predator or escape its grasp. A newly lost tail twitches until the nerve impulses run down, likely holding a predator’s attention while the lizard escapes to safety. After a few weeks the tail grows back, but typically not as nice looking as it was before.