African Fat-Tail Gecko  (hemitheconyx caudicinctus)

Description: This species is nearly as popular as the Leopard Gecko and it's requirements are fairly similar. A full-grown size of 8-9 inches is reached, colouring consists of alternating bands of dark and light brown. This is a nocturnal ground-dwelling species.

Vivarium Requirements: 24 inches (length) by 12 inches (width) is suitable for 2-3 animals. Height is unimportant as these geckos don't climb. Substrate can be bark chip or a mixture of sand and potting compost and this should be sprayed daily to provide some humidity. Place hollow logs and rocks on the floor of the vivarium and also provide a humidity cave filled with damp moss. Temperature during the day should be 86 degrees with a basking spot at 90 degrees, reduce the temperature to around 68 degrees at night.

Feeding: Crickets, medium sized locusts, waxworms and mealworms will all be taken though some individuals can be fussy eaters and may refuse to eat some types of livefood. Dust the prey with a suitable vitamin powder once every 7-14 days.

Notes: Although they can be handled, care should be taken as if handled roughly the tail may break off (the gecko stores fat reserves in it's tail) and this will grow back in time but will not look as good as the original.

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