Ok, let's talk about some fat-tailed gecko facts. Believe me, this lizard is awesome.
The fat-tailed geckos came from the family of Eublepharinae, they are terrestrial and nocturnal, which means they love to sleep and hide in the day and are active at night you can often see these geckos in the ground where they feel warmth and comfort.
Here are some facts about the fat-tailed geckos:
Specific name: Hemitheconyx caudicinctus
Lifespan: The fat-tailed gecko can live up to 20 years
Length: they can grow up to 8 inches in length
Weight: 40-90 gram with the female being lighter compared to male
What fat-tailed geckos look like?
The fat-tailed geckos have round almond shape eyes with vertical pupils and movable eyelids. That's different from other lizards that don’t have eyelids and use their tongues in cleaning their eyes.
They don’t have sticky feet which makes harder to climb on trees or walls and other surfaces, that is why they are known as ground-dwelling geckos.
Their belly is flat which allows them to easily crawl through the ground.
They are called fat-tailed geckos since their tail is as big as their head and strong enough to be used against a threat.
What fat-tailed geckos eat ?
The fat-tailed geckos are omnivores they can eat insects, animals, fruits, and vegetables.
They love to eat crickets and mealworms and other worms as well. You can feed them with pinkie mice that you can get from a pet store. It is recommended that you add this to their daily diet since they need fats and protein in their body.
Young geckos need to be fed every day, usually, around 5 crickets are enough and for the bigger ones up to 10 crickets are fine.
You can put this on a shallow dish. Just make sure you have two of them, one for water and one for the food.
Fat-tailed geckos can also eat baby food or cereal which can be bought in the supermarket. You can add a small amount of cat or dog food in their diet which should also consist of fruits and vegetables.
To get the vitamins and minerals that they need the fat-tailed gecko can also eat leafy greens, romaine lettuce, nectars, and flowers.
It is also recommended that you dust their tanks with vitamins and calcium powder in which you can get from the store or simply by adding this on their food. It is important that they get the vitamin that they need to be healthy.
Fat-tailed gecko’s behavior
The fat-tailed geckos are very docile compared to other geckos species. They are shy and calm and only go out during night time to hunt for their prey and to do their activities since they are the nocturnal type of lizards.
During the daytime, they like to hide in places like trunks, stomps, rocks.
These lizards are tough, they move slowly, generate a hiss, and use their strong and large tails to fight their enemies.
You know when the fat-tailed gecko is happy because you can see it being active and with its tail curling up.
Fat-Tailed Geckos are relatively calmer and docile compared to other gecko species including the Leopard Gecko.
They are primarily nocturnal, entirely terrestrial, and will move out in search of food only after sundown. During daytime, they would usually spend lazy hours sleeping or hiding inside crevices.
Fat-tailed geckos reproduction
During the mating season, only the male that has the ability to look for mates they can breed.
That happens for around 5 months each year and they can mate with multiple partners. The female fat-tail can lay up to five times in a year but depends on the season and some of its condition.
Important things for a fat-tailed gecko
Housing – when having a fat-tailed gecko as a pet you can prepare a 10-gallon tank that can fit two geckos, and it is important not to mix both males together since they can be aggressive because they are territorial.
If you are planning to have more lizards as a pet, just buy a male and a female, so they can be safe while living together
You can put in a foliage system where they can hide in. Branches are not recommended since they do not climb that much, it is great to have a wider space since they love to stay at the ground.
Temperature – you can use a heating system below your cage or tank. You can put in a thermostat to adjust and control so that they can get the temperature that is needed. It is recommended for them to get 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. Geckos love humidity, so keep the tank moist by using a good substrate or water drip system.
Lighting – the fat-tailed gecko’s needs up to 12 hours of light per day, but they can also survive without any UV lighting system since they are nocturnal types of lizards.
Substrate – it is not recommended to use paper or towels as a substrate since they can be ingested by your geckos and can be harmful to their digestive system. Although you can use it for cleaning purposes. Use soil, moss, oak or other natural elements to make a great substrate and get the moist your lizards need. You can get something from pet stores, just make sure to ask and check that there are no harmful chemicals that can affect your lizards since that can be toxic to them.
Water – you can use a shallow dish where you fat-tailed geckos can soak in for a bit and also use fresh water for them to drink. Change water every day and clean their bowl or dish to avoid salmonella or other bacteria build-up that can cause diseases to your pet. You can also spray their cages with cold water from time to time to get the humidity level they need and use a water drip system so that they have continuing water source.
Handling - The fat-tailed geckos can be very shy. They like hiding in bushes and trunks, so make sure to get them while they are young. It's important that you handle them carefully and get away with the tail since they might drop it. Let them to slowly adapt to their new surrounding especially young ones that can be delicate.
Common fat-tailed gecko health problems
Salmonella – can be found in your lizards, that is why it is important that you clean their tanks regularly and scoop out their droppings. It is also important that you clean their water and food dish or bowls regularly with antibacterial soaps to avoid bacteria build-up and contamination. Salmonella can cause them to be infected and develop fever, diarrhea, and cramps. This can also be harmful to humans, that is why it is important to maintain proper hygiene especially if you have pets.
Botulism – can cause paralysis or death to your pet. The clostridium bacteria can be found in mud, soil, spores or other animals and can cause sickness to your pet.
Bone disease – this happens when there is no proper and healthy diet for your lizards and they lack calcium and their bones become soft and soggy.
Fat-tailed geckos as a pet
Fat-tailed geckos make great pets because of their great personality which makes them easy to handle. The good thing about them is that they are not aggressive and don't bite.
They are a very shy and calm type of geckos and are most active during the night. You can really be entertained by their different personalities and characteristics.
It is important to know how to take care of them since they can really be delicate and need the correct preparation to easily adapt to their surroundings and avoid diseases.
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