A small, prolific arboreal gecko species growing to 2 _" to 3 _", females are generally slightly larger than males. From somewhat dry savanna and tropical areas of Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where it lives among rocks and feeds mainly on termites. The base color is grayish/brownish with many black and white spots and the tail is purplish brown. The color and pattern varies between different population groups. The toes have adhesive pads. Sexual maturity is reached at 7-9 months and with proper captive care, they can live for over 10 years. It is better to handle them as little as possible as they can easily drop their tail (a fishnet works well). Mostly nocturnal. If the enclosure is large enough for each male to claim his own territory, they may tolerate each other. Females seem to get along fine. Temperature:
75Á to 85ÁF with a hot spot nearing mid 90ÁF. A temperature gradient throughout the enclosure is preferred. Humidity:
Low to moderate, approximately 40-50%. Occasional misting is beneficial. Lighting:
Not important, a regular day and night cycle should be provided and a dim light is useful for night viewing. They may bask under a red or blue dome light at night. Feeding:
Adults and young that are at least four months old can eat two week old crickets that are about half the size of their head width. They are voracious and will consume all kinds of suitably sized insects including mini-mealworms, mealworms, potato bugs etc. Feed young ones nightly and adults every other night or so. A good vitamin/mineral supplement should be given once or twice a week for adults and more often for young, growing geckos. A water dish is not needed but the enclosure needs to be misted to provide water droplets for drinking. Anything from a light daily misting to a bi-weekly light drenching will work. Habitat:
A 5-gallon tank can be used for a pair but a 10-gallon or larger size would be better. A secure screen lid is needed to keep the geckos and food items from escaping. The enclosure must be heated, use an under tank heater or an incandescent bulb at one end and allow the other side to be cooler. Sand, coco fiber or bark will work as a substrate. Shelters and hiding areas must be provided for them to feel secure. Rocks, branches, artificial and/or live plants can be added also. Estivation:
Cooling to around 60ÁF for three months may help for breeding but may not be necessary. Sometimes just increasing the humidity and food availability is enough. Breeding:
Males have two hemi-penis bulges at the base of the tail, females may be slightly larger and will lack these bulges. Be sure that the females are fat with fat tails and give them extra calcium to aid in egg production. Breeding these geckos takes little effort. Eggs are visible in the abdomen of a gravid female, they typically lay two. Eggs are usually buried in the sand but will sometimes be glued to objects. Egg laying boxes filled with 3 inches of damp coco fiber can be used. Eggs can be left in place or removed to incubate at 80-88ÁF on vermiculite or another medium. Keep the medium moist by adding water, as needed. Be careful not to get the eggs wet. Hatching takes place in about 45-65 days. Hatchlings are tiny and can be fed pinhead crickets and fruitflies.