Mauritius, both coastal and interior regions. Occupies low, mid and high
elevations. Prefers vegetation and less arid regions.
Size: Females average
3.75-4.5 inches. Males average 4.5-5.5 inches.
Lifespan: In captivity
about 3-8 years, exceptional specimens 10 years.
Active Period: Diurnal.
Captive Care: Tall aquarium
with tight fitting screen top. Live plants are highly recommended. Cork
bark or bamboo pieces for climbing and basking. Cover three sides of tank
with scenic background or cork bark. Substrate can be peat moss, good
quality potting soil, cypress mulch and pesticide free orchid bark.
70-90 degrees F. Nighttime 67-72 degrees F.
Lighting: Full spectrum
lighting is a must, anywhere from 8-12 hours a day depending on pet or
breeding situation. Heat basking lamps also recommended in 1 to 2 different
areas of the enclosure (not to exceed temps. of 88-90 degrees F).
Food: Small crickets,
wingless fruit flies, flies, fresh fruit and/or baby food, vitamin and
calcium supplements are a must. Insects can be offered 2 to 3 times a
week along with the fruits.
Breeding: House in pairs,
keep humidity levels up and good airflow. Heavily planted vivarium recommended,
this species is an "egg-gluer". Eggs must be protected and incubated
in enclosure. Prime for breeding with full spectrum light cycles, 8 hours
on for 2-3 weeks. Next increase to 12 hours on, to induce breeding behavior.
It is possible that cepediana will breed year round.
Hatchlings: Should be
housed separately, with full spectrum lighting. Cepediana is listed as
possible GSD, however, more data is needed. These should be fed tiny crickets
every other day, and fruit and/or baby food with vitamin supplement.
Temperament and Behavior:
Best not to handle because of delicate skin, and skirmish attitude. High
stress levels also accompany handling. Never house males together, extremely
territorial and aggressive.
Compiled by Tina Leverenz