Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Moorish gecko
Scientific name: Tarentola mauritanica
The Crocodile Gecko is a tree-dwelling gecko which is native to dry and rocky habitats throughout the Mediterranean region - from Spain, southern France and Greece to northern Africa. While they are primarily a nocturnal species, they can also be seen basking in the sun during the day.
Crocodile Geckos can reach 6 in. (15 cm.) in length. Their most distinguishing feature is a row of keeled scales which runs along the back and tail.
Appearance / health:
Crocodile Geckos are a speckled light and dark grey or brown.
Male Crocodile Geckos are highly territorial and are aggressive towards other males. For this reason, two males should not be housed together. A male / female pair of Crocodile Geckos can be housed in a 10 gal. habitat. As they are arboreal, they should be provided with plenty of rocks and branches to climb and hide in.
Daytime temperatures should be kept between 78 – 85 F. Nighttime temperatures should be between 70 - 75 F. Crocodile Geckos are a low humidity species.
Like other Geckos, the Crocodile Gecko primarily feeds on insects. They will also eat was worms, mealworms, and gut-loaded or calcium-dusted crickets, as well as honey or mashed ripe fruit. Breeding females that require more calcium and nutrients for egg-production and optimum health can be fed pinkie mice. Water must always be provided, either in a shallow water dish or through trickling water from the plant leaves.
crocodile look, awesome looks, ridges, tiny crocodile, interesting lizard
handling, high parasite load, high humidity gecko, short lifespan, wild caught specimen
occasional cricket, Moorish gecko, heat lamp
Crocodile or Moorish geckos make ideal pets for “night-owls”. Although their history in the pet trade is not very extensive, they appear quite hardy when provided with proper care.
Ideally, these interesting little geckos should be kept in 10-20 gallon terrariums with a dry substrate and plenty of climbing opportunities, as they are highly arboreal. By including numerous cork bark rolls, branches and basking/retreat sites, gecko owners can enjoy watching male-female interactions and, perhaps, breeding behavior (single-male groups are the safest option). They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet do fine without UVB exposure. 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 basking site of 85-86 F.
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 1:11PM