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Native Range: Most of the African Fat-Tailed Geckos in captivity originate from stock collected in Togo and Ghana in Western Africa. They inhabit dry areas of desert scrub-land and savannahs, preferring sandy areas which provide burrows for cover. They spend daytime underground, where conditions are cooler and moist, emerging at night when conditions are suitable to hunt. Numerous specimens are still being imported from these regions each year. As with all imports, they are generally heavily parasitised and badly stressed. It is recommended that keepers purchase healthy captive-bred specimens to avoid the headaches accompanying such imported specimens. This will also serve to reduced the collecting pressures needlessly put on wild populations.
Temperament — Young Fat-tailed Geckos - like most small animals - are highly sensitive to potential threats. They will typically try and escape whenever they an attempt is made to pick them up. However, despite this initial sensitivity, these animals are actually very easy to handle and adults are typically very docile.
Make sure a shallow dish with water is available at all times. Feeding consists of a main diet of crickets coated with a vitamin and calcium supplement. Some of the best supplements on the market are Rep-Cal (calcium and vitamin D) and Nekton-Rep (vitamin). At feeding time, use Rep-Cal as a major component for vitamin and mineral supplementation. Two to three times a month use Nekton-Rep as an additional vitamin supplement - shaking this mixture back and forth to coat the crickets before feeding.
The African fat tail gecko (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus) is native to the West African region.Adults can obtain a length of 8-10 inches and easily 100 grams (g). Babies are around 3-3½” in length and 3g. Fat tails are a terrestrial animal which means they are ground dwellers that stay on the ground.
Nova Scotia Herpetoculture Society
African fat-tailed (AFT) geckos are the second most widely kept eublepharine gecko. These geckos, with their velvety appearance, rich coloration, large dark eyes, and docile personality make them o ne of the best species for gecko enthusiasts. Their care is almost identical to that of a leopard gecko.
Fat-tailed geckos are a mainstay of the herp hobby. Their rich, velvety colors, docile nature and simple husbandry requirements make them an attractive candidate for the beginning & advanced herper alike. As these lizards are bred more and more in captivity, it is very easy for anyone to acquire and enjoy these reptilian gems!
Although not as common in herpetoculture as its close relative, the ubiquitous leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius), the fat-tailed gecko is popular with both hobbyists and commercial breeders. This species is ideally suited for captivity, being small, docile, hardy, and beautiful.
We are producing mostly apricot to orange-red morphs of this popular gecko. We expect to produce both albinos and heterozygous specimens, as well as various double-heterozygous for albino jungle, albino piebald, and more. Pricing will be based on individual appearance and genetics.
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