Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Banded Rough Knobtail Gecko; Banded Knob-Tail Gecko
Scientific name: Nephurus wheeleri
The Banded Knobtail Gecko is native to Western Australia. It is found in arid, rocky areas and lives in burrows or in rock crevices. All Australian Knobtail Geckos are mainly "nocturnal" and they hunt for food at night, and are generally less active during the day.
Appearance / health:
Banded Rough Knobtails are medium-sized lizards with a thick, broad tail that has a round "knob" on the end. They will typically have five black to brown bands across their body and grow to 4-5 inches in length.
Banded Knobtail Gecko do best in a habitat that has low humidity, ample hiding spaces, and a temperature gradation created by placing a heat pad under one end of the cage. Temperatures can thereby range from around 70 - 90 degrees F, with a night-time drop of approx 10°.
amicable persona, interesting little geckos
orange sands, low maintenance costs, terrestrial geckos, defense mechanism, occasional mat changes
Knob and Bob
Knob and Bob as the two were called assumingly by their loved ones were very happy lizards. Shy but very curious in nature. They stood proud, very joyous of their small home, small, but just the right size. The two lizards held a special admiration for each other, and as they looked across the orange sands of their home, they sat in warmth and piece.
Very interesting creatures indeed, as they would go about their days lounging lazily on their basking rock. So peculiar in their design as great images of beasts long lost conjured by their visage danced around in the head of their owner. But never did they look upon him as an owner, and perhaps in truth they lacked the ability to make such a distinction, but instead, they saw him as a friend, the feeder, the cleaner, the compassionate monster that towered above them. The fears they had at such an early age melted away to signs of comfort and trust, and with the years that went by, they found a new and joyous relationship with the big monster that would spend countless hours watching them. They were not afraid, and although they could perhaps not know why, it was a lack of fear they welcomed, it was a sense of security they needed. For in the eyes of this great creature they saw safety.
Time has passed, and seasons have changed, and still to this day sit the pair, basking in the warmth of the great monsters fondest memories, as their companion ship over the years was truly one that he would cherish forever..
From ManoftheNorth Apr 18 2014 11:32AM
For Leopard Gecko Fans
Knobtails are ideal for leopard gecko fans who wish to expand their horizons to include less commonly-kept species with similar needs. Although their history in the pet trade is much shorted than that of their “rock star” cousins, knobtails can be recommended to beginners.
Ideally, these interesting little geckos should be kept in 10-20 gallon terrariums that allow for burrowing into the sand; alternatively, they will accept plastic caves and other hide-ways. They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet do fine without UVB exposure. A heat tape or sub-tank heat mat should be used to create a basking site of 90F, with ambient temperatures ranging from 80-84 F. Red reptile night-viewing bulbs will allow you to watch your pets after dark (they sense little if any of the light produced by these bulbs), and can also be used to supply additional heat if needed.
A varied diet comprised of roaches, crickets, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, calciworms and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being; crickets and mealworms alone will not suffice..
From findiviglio Nov 4 2015 12:39PM