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Fan Footed Gecko Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Ptyodactylus hasselquisti

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The Fan Footed Gecko is native to northern regions of Africa. They are very difficult to hold because they are extremely active geckos.


Natural Location: North Africa
Estimated Size: 5 inches to 7 inches

Distribution Map

fan-footed gecko range map
Captive Care Information

Food & Water

The Fan Footed Gecko is a carnivorous lizard, and as such will eat a variety of insects. Some examples of insect food are crickets, mealworms, butterworms and silkworms. Make sure to dust the insects with a multi-vitamin supplement as they will not get the natural vitamins they would from a diverse diet in the wild. Your Fan Footed Gecko will almost always drink from lapping up water drops after a spray, but will sometimes also lap water from a dish. If you want to add a dish for water, make sure it is very shallow and heavy to avoid it from falling over. Change the water and clean the dish everyday, especially if there is feces or insect waste in the water.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Keep the humidity levels for this lizard moderate, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent. A spray in the morning and another during the day, coupled with a water dish should suffice. Keep the temperature during the day around 80 to 85 degrees F, and drop it to 70 to 75 degrees F at night. During the daytime hours as well, there should be a cool spot that drops to about 75 degrees F. You should also provide full spectrum UVB lighting during the day. Many geckos don't seem to utilize UVB lighting the same way as other lizards, but the Fan Footed Gecko may benefit from the vitamin enriched light.


A single adult Fan Footed Gecko will require a minimum tank size of 24 inches by 17 inches by 12 inches. These geckos are naturally from rocky scrubland areas, and the best substrate to use is either fine gravel or playsand. Give them plenty of branches and plants to climb on, and a hiding area. A basking spot should also be provided, allowing them to get closer to the heat source.


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