Fat Tail Gecko Caresheet

 

Background Information
Fat tail geckos are native to West Africa. Found anywhere from Senegal, through Ghana and Togo all the way to Cameroon, these medium sized geckos grow up to 10 inches long. Coming from an arid region during the hottest times of the day they hide away, being most active when temperatures are slightly cooler. A stocky species of gecko with chocolate brown bodies banded with lighter shades of brown or sometimes a sandy yellow colouration. As well as coming out at cooler darker times of the day to avoid predators, should they get caught fat tails drop their tails to escape which will regrow over time but in a different shape and sometimes a different colour to the rest of the body. Unlike other speices of gecko, fat tails have a much chubbier tail hence their name, storing there fat reserves should food become scarce.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Arid rocky areas

Life Span

20 years

Active Time of Day

Crepuscular

Natural Prey

Insects

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Terrestrial

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

2 eggs every 6 weeks throught 8 - 9 months of the year.

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 30g+ / 6 inch / 1 years of age
Females: 35g+ / 6 inch / 2 years of age

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

18 – 23 ‘C

Incubation Time

40 - 70 days

Incubation Temperature

26 'C = 100% Female

28 - 30'C = Mix of male and female

32'C = 100% Male

 


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Fat tail geckos have similar care to leopard geckos, the only difference being they need a slightly higher humidity level of about 60% this is why we think LR desert bedding suits this species as it is moist sand soil mixture. This speices of gecko may need a bit of handling to tame when young but the majority of adults are quite good handlers. Although they come from an arid region they don't need hot temperatures, therefore care must be taken to not overheat the tank as it will become to hot and humid for your gecko. Dusting and gut loading the insects is also important so the gecko gets all the nutrition it needs to grow properly and stay healthy.

Vivarium size

30x30x30cm for hatchling
2ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

22 – 30 ‘C

Night-time Temperature

18 – 22 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timers)

Spot bulb during day, room temperature at night, a localised heat source such as a heat mat or heat rock can also be added. Lighting for UVB - Arcadia T8 2% D3 flourescent tube

Substrate

Most Natural: Lucky reptile desert bedding
Alternatives: Sand

Hides

2 at minimum: one on each side a 3rd moss hide during shedding would be beneficial

Decor

Branches and fake plants allow the opportunity to climb and aids shedding+creates shade

Water

Fresh water topped up when needed clean out water bowl every few days to prevent slime build up

Food (Feeding)

Mealworms are the best suited insect for fat tail geckos due to their slow moving nature, hoppers and crickets can be used. Waxworms only as a treat due to high fat content

Cleaning

Spot pick every other day, full clean monthly