Fat Tailed Geckos

Second only to the Leopard Geckos in Popularity in the Pet Trade

Hemitheconyx Caudicinctus gecko often called African Fat-tailed Gecko is a nocturnal, ground dweller. The Fat-tailed geckos belong to the subfamily Eublepharinae, that include the leopard geckos of India, Pakistan and South Asia. This group has distinct features from others. They have movable eyelids, vertical pupils; they are active at night, are terrestrial and have no adhesive lamellae (sticky feet).
From Senegal to Cameron in West Africa we find them in humid dark hiding places that are their homes, in spite of the fact that they dwell in dry and arid conditions. In custody, it is essential to equip them with the congenial environment similar to this, especially with regard to the humidity.

Anatomy

Fat-tailed gecko are 8-10 inches long and survive for 15 years. These geckos  are two types, one with a white stripe below the back and the  other without a stripe. You can find them  in varied colors of light and dark brown. What is prominent is the large thick tail (for fat storage).

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Feeding

The primary food for Fat-tailed geckos are crickets and mealworms. Feed adults occasionally with super worm or wax worm. Gut feed the prey prior to feeding it and preferably  dust with vitamin powder with a calcium content. Feed adults every 2-3 days and young ones daily. Provide a dish with water.

African Fat tailed geckos as pets

Fat Tailed Gecko

Although Leopard gecko remains the most famous pet lizard, the closely related African Fat-tailed gecko is a close second and is fast becoming a popular  in the pet trade. They are easy to instruct, but need higher humidity. Breeders in the reptile trade, with their various permutations and combinations have been able to achieve various colors including tangerine, albino, pattern less, white out and deviants with long life.

Housing

A ten-gallon tank a sliding mesh will suffice for those short of space. The African Fat-tailed gecko’s feet have no climbing pads. You should cage them well if you want  to prevent your anxious cat from drooling over the smell of these delicious munchies!

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A 20-gallon tank is safe for two. Never keep two males in a cage, as they will quarrel, or at worst, even kill each other. Females are amicable and available at pet centers.  While purchasing make sure  that you ask for a female and get it.

Breeding

These reptiles breed from October to June, but different nurturing colonies may have their own agenda. Usually mating happens in December and 15-45 days later you can expect the first group of eggs. For females whose reproductive cycle is just commencing, you can count a full 45 days for laying the eggs. After reproducing the first time, the female continuously lays at least five groups of good eggs in the context of the delay in implanting the male sperm. If another male propagates the  female after she lays the  first group of eggs, she will lay one more group of eggs prior to  purging the first male’s sperm only after which the female delivers eggs of the second male. Normal group of eggs are five, but with two eggs in one clutch, the figure can go up to 13. Depending on the temperature in their dwelling, this happens in a gap of 12-22 days. Some geckos that lay more eggs in a particular year, may lay only few eggs next year.

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Reproduction

Fat Tailed Gecko

Fat-tailed geckos have a weaker body system than the leopard geckos, which is a big problem. A Fat-tailed gecko gives only little energy for reproduction and they use 25% energy for self-preservation. As such, twice a year you must carry out routine worming.The best time for worming is just before the breeding season or as soon as the last eggs are laid that year.

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