African Fat Tail Gecko
( Hemitheconyx caudicinctus )
African fat tail geckos come in many different color phases. Some fat tails have orange color phases, some have red. The one pictured above has a white lateral line running down from its head to its tail. They originate from indigenous of savana, woodland, and scrubland habitats of West Africa. This species is terrestrial. When keeping this species in a captive environment, you will need to use full spectrum lighting, 12 - 14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone, and rocky basking areas. They also like crevices and caves. Day time temperature should range from 78 - 90 degrees f., And night time temperature should range between 70 - 75 degrees f. You will also need to provide a large shallow water bowl for drinking and soaking. Most of this species will become tame with regular handeling. Althogh males can become territorial, so you will need to keep them seperate from other males. This species is also nocturnal, Which means they will sleep during the day and become more active at night. The nutritional requirements are pretty simple. The fat tail gecko is a carnivore ( meat eater ). Always offer a variety of food for propper nutrition. Larger worms such as earth worms, meal worms, super worms, and crickets are the most popular to feed. They will also feed on small mammals such as pinkies ( pink baby mice ).You should also dust the food with calcium, and multivitamins for better protein and nutritional values.