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Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Uroplatus phantasticus

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The Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko can easily be mistaken for a pile of leaves. Their tail resembles a dead leaf, flat and colored in earth tones. These geckos should live for about 10 years in captivity.

Read more about the behavior and characteristics of the Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko in the Wild.

Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Geckos need a varied diet of gut-loaded feeder insects. Crickets should be the main insects, with mealworms, silkworms, butterworms, moths etc. being offered secondary. You should dust the insects with a calcium or multi-vitamin supplement. Provide a small water dish, and make sure to change the water, and clean the dish each and every day.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Use full spectrum UVB lighting for your Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko. Use incandescent bulbs or a ceramic heat emitter to provide a heat gradient ranging from 65 degrees F to 80 degrees F during the day. Keep the lights on for 12 hours. At night, drop the temperature down to 60 degrees F to 65 degrees F. Keep the humidity levels around 85%.


A 10 gallon glass aquarium will sufficiently house one or two Satanic Leaf-Tailed Geckos. Bigger is always better, but these guys do not need much more room than that. Make sure the screen top is snug and latched in some fashion. For the substrate, peat moss or other mulch type covering works best. Provide dark coloured branches for climbing, and hide boxes of some kind. Cork bark works really well for hiding.


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