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 African Fat-Tail Gecko Factoids

Origin

Africa -- most are captive bred these days
Cage requirements 10 gallon tank for one.  20L for two.
Longevity 15 years +

Sexual Differences

Hemi-penis prominent on mature males

Temperature

80 to 90F days.  10 degrees cooler nights.

Attitude

Not afraid of humans

Biggest Threat

Other males, excess handling, poor diet, low temp

Schedule

Nocturnal
Lighting Needs no special UVA/UVB lighting

Security

Needs a hide box/humidity box

Size

8 to 10 inches -- males larger

Foods

Insects (calcium/vitamin dusted) and food pellets

Water

Provide a low water bowl and occasional misting

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Pair of African fat-tail geckos just in.  Incomplete shed on toenails.

Origin.  Chances are, you'll find captive-bred fat-tail geckos when you go looking for them.  Captive-bred lizards cost more than wild caught critters.  However, they have several advantages --fewer problems with parasites and less stress in transit to name two.  These two problems interact with each other and synergistically acerbate the problems.  Captive-bred lizards start healthier and stay healthier.  They also live longer.

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Feet, toes, and belly still shedding on this guy.

Head vs. Tail.   Note how his tail resembles his head at first glance.  Good technique for fooling predators -- especially with an easily dropped tail.  In addition to storing extra rations in an expendable appendage, his droppable and replaceable (sort of) tail enables him to escape from predators.  Handle your fat-tail gecko carefully.  Regrowing a tail puts a lot of stress on any lizard.

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Female or immature male.  Handle carefully.  They drop their tails easily.

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Male.  Note the bulging hemi-penis.  Males fight with other males.

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Fat-tail gecko showing why they have their name.

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Most lizards will try to stay out of sight -- ditto fat-tail geckos -- especially during the day.

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Two new arrivees in their shipping container.

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Not especially afraid of humans.  Good starter lizard.
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Fat-tail gecko -- mellow fellow.

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Another calm guy.

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Very similar to leopard geckos.  They mix well.  Best not to mix males.

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Pretty easy to male a humidity/hide box.  This is pretty basic.

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Squeeze the water out of this and put it in your fat-tail gecko's humidity box.

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Fat-tail geckos catch on fairly quickly.

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Just because you make a humidity box for them does not mean they won't dig under it.

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Even a flower pot gives them a sense of security.

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Not sure whether fat-tail geckos prefer small or large quarters.

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Not sure this guy could squeeze into this flower pot.

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Low water bowls make for easy access.

Water Source.   Fat-tail geckos don't jump in the water and soak like many lizards do.  And they don't defecate in their water dish like some do.  Still, you'll need to change his water on a regular basis -- if for no other reason than to clean out the stupid crickets that stumble into it.  Put a rock in there so your feeder crickets can crawl out.  And it's a good idea to re-moisten the substrate in their humidity box at the same time.  It's very easy to forget that humidity boxes dry out fairly quickly.

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Add wood or rocks for your fat-tail gecko to climb on.

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Wiggly little guy.

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Different guy.  Note his back stripe.

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Not as wiggly as the guy preceding him.

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White back stripe quite prominent.

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Relaxed little guy.

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Most likely a female or immature male.

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