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African Fat-Tailed Gecko Care Sheet

Description: The African Fat-Tailed Gecko comes from West-Africa and since it is a tropical lizard it has the ability to lighten or darken the color of its skin to blend into its surroundings.
Scientific Name: Hemitheconyx caudinunctus
Average Size: 6 to 8 inches
Lifespan: 15 years or more
Origin: West Africa
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Adults should be fed once every two days and their diet should be mainly comprised of butterworms, mealworms, waxworms and gut-loaded crickets. It is best to provide your African Fat-Tailed Gecko with a variety of these live insects to ensure optimal health.

African Fat-Tailed Geckos are unlikely to drink water from a bowl, but you may wish to attempt it anyways. If they do not drink from a bowl they will get their water primarily from plant leaves so ensure that there is plenty of moisture in the habitat.



Humidity: A high level of humidity will be required for this type of gecko at all times.
Lighting: Fluorescent light should be provided for nearly 12 hours per day in a constant cycle.
Substrate: Some type of mulch substrate is best for the African Fat-Tailed Gecko, however geckos in general are known to eat their substrate so if you see yours attempting to do so immediately switch to something none edible. Reptile carpet or newsprint will work well.
Temperature: The warm area of the cage should be in the 85 to 90 degrees F range while the cool end should be around 70 to 75 degrees F. As with most lizards the African Fat-Tailed Gecko will require a temperature gradient in its habitat so that it can choose its own temperature.
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