Viper Gecko Caresheet

 

Background Information
Viper Geckos are a small species of gecko native to Pakistan. Reaching lengths of 10cm as adults they are brown bodied with cream strips and spots, some having a mixture of different browns others have their fully body coated a dark brown colour. Being very small and vulnerable they hide away under crevices and rocks. Coming out a night to avoid predators they sneak up slowly on prey, once close enough they'll snatch their favorite prey which is insects. As well as their small size, their colouration gives them a slender chance on being spotted by other predators their dark brown colours blending into their surroundings as well as making them hard to spot at night.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Desert

Life Span

8 - 10 years

Active Time of Day

Nocturnal

Natural Prey

Insects

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Terrestrial

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

2 Eggs every 4 - 6 weeks for 8 months of the year.

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

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

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

16 – 18 ‘C

Incubation Time

40 - 60 days

Incubation Temperature

27 - 30 'C

 


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Due to their small size viper geckos do not need a large enclosure. They're very fragile so handling isn't recommended for this species but with their pretty colourations and night time viewing when they are most active, they are interesting to watch and make good display animals. When choosing what prey item to feed viper geckos bear in mind they are limited to the ground so anything that climbs high they won't be able to reach such as hoppers. They can be kept in groups however housing males should be avoided due to their territorial nature especially with females present. 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

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

25 – 33 ‘C

Night-time Temperature

20 – 23 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timers)

Spot bulb during day, room temperature at night

Lighting - Arcadia Natural Sun 2% UV tube

Substrate

Most Natural: Sand
Alternatives: Not Advised

Hides

Plenty of rocky areas for them to hide to make them feel secure

Decor

Hilly areas for place to hide - this is where they would live naturally in the wild

Water

Water topped up when needed, water bowl should be cleaned out a every few days to prevent slime build up

Food (Feeding)

Crickets, hoppers or mealworms suit viper geckos fine.

Cleaning

Spot pick every other day, full clean monthly