Hemitheconyx caudinunctus


Fat-tailed Gecko



Origin: West Africa (Nigeria to Senegal to Cameroon)

Size: 6 - 10 in

Age: 15- 20years in captivity

Active: nocturnal

Habitat: 20 gal aquarium, screen top (can be loose); substrate: peat moss, sand and peat moss, orchid bark or newsprint; driftwood, rock, potted plants, shelter, shallow water dish (change daily)

Temp.: 75-90F, need some humidity

Lighting: incandescent bulb for heating (red during night)

Foods: crickets (calcium/vitamin dusted), mealworms, pinky mice (once / week), hatchlings: every 1 to 2 days small crickets (up to 6 mos)
subadults & adults: calcium supplement crickets every other meal, add mealworms and occasional pinky mice

Temperament: mellower than leopard geckos, calm down with gentle handling

de Vosjoli, P. (1990) The General Care & Maintenance of Leopard Geckos and Fat-tailed Geckos. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc. Lakeside, CA 92040.
Leverenz, Tina (1999) Care sheet for African Fat-tailed Geckos. THS newsletter, 8/99.
EMU ’99

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