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Fat-Tailed Gecko

Hemitheconyx caudicinctus

  • Family: Eublepharidae
  • Adult Size: Averages 6 to 10 inches in length.
  • Range: Western Africa, ranging from Nigeria to Senegal.
  • Habitat: Dry, arid areas.
  • Captive Lifespan: 12 to 20 Years
  • Dangerous:
  • Care Level: Beginner


Cages for fat-tailed geckos can be as simple as 20-gallon aquariums; other enclosures sold in pet stores work just fine. (Lids are always a good idea.) Fat-tailed geckos require humidity, some keepers use orchid bark as substrate or a mixture of potting soil and peat moss. The fat-tailed gecko needs a bowl of fresh water available at all times. An under-cage heating pad should provide a warm spot (up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) on one end of the cage. A hide box or cork tube should be provided as an area for the fat-tailed gecko to retreat and feel secure.

Crickets and mealworms are readily accepted by the fat-tailed gecko and are available at pet stores. A healthy growing fat-tailed gecko should eat about 20 to 25 insects per week; feeder insects should be supplemented with vitamins. Pinky mice may also be given as a treat once or twice a week.

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