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African Fat-Tailed Gecko Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Hemitheconyx caudinunctus

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The African Fat-Tailed Gecko comes from a tropical habitat. They can darken or lighten their colours to suit the environment they are in.

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Natural Location: Western Africa
Average Lifespan: Up to 15 Years
Estimated Size: 5" to 8"

Distribution Map

african fat-tailed gecko range map
Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Fat-Tailed Geckos eat insects as their food source. Feed them crickets, mealworms, butterworms, silkworms and waxworms. Waxworms are very high in fat, so feed these only on occasion. Adults should be fed every other day. Hatchlings, juveniles, and gravid females should be fed every day. Make sure the insects are gut-loaded, and use a multi-vitamin supplement. You can get Vitamin Dust or Vitamin Spray, whichever is more suitable. Provide your African Fat-Tailed Gecko a bowl of water for drinking. Make sure to also spray the leaves a few times each day, as the Geckos may only lick the dew from the leaves, and avoid the bowl of water. Change the water each day.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

African Fat-Tailed Geckos will need a heat gradient. The warm end's temperature should be kept around 88 degrees F, and the cool end around 73 degrees F. You can use an incandescent bulb to provide the warmth. Provide a 10 - 12 hour day light period, using a flourescent bulb. Since this type of Gecko is tropical, they need a high level of humidity at all times.


Provide a glass aqaurium, with full screen top. A 10 gallon tank should suffice, but this is a minimum. Larger is always better. Use peat moss, forest floor, paper or reptile carpet. Geckos have been known to eat their flooring, so provide something digestible, or something they wont be able to get in their mouths. Provide real, non-toxic plants in the tank. Also include lots of branches for climbing and places to hide.


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