Species group: Geckos
Scientific name: Uroplatus fimbriatus
The Giant Leaf Tailed Gecko is one of ten species of Leaf Tailed Geckos, Uroplatus. These geckos are native to the island of Madagascar. It is a large nocturnal gecko which uses its incredible natural camouflage to hide amongst leaves and leaf litter.
Appearance / health:
The adult size of the Giant Leaf Tailed Gecko can reach 330 mm.. The gecko occurs in a variety of colors, ranging through various hues of purple, orange, tan and yellow.
They eat a variety of appropriately sized insects including crickets and moths.
prepared hobbyist, bizarre appearance
Madagascan natives, reptile nightviewing bulbs, reptile humidifier, cork bark rolls, sturdy plants
Madagascar's Most Impressive Gecko?
Even by gecko standards, these Madagascan natives are astonishingly well-camouflaged! Their bizarre appearance sometimes prompts “impulse purchases”, which is a bad idea, but the experienced, prepared hobbyist can ask for no more interesting a creature.
Shy and completely arboreal, leaf-tails should be kept in terrariums which are vertically oriented and well-stocked with vines, cork bark rolls and sturdy plants. 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 an ambient temperature of 74-78 F. Humidity must be kept high – to 75-80% - but the tank should be allowed to dry out by day. Moist coco-husk and sphagnum moss and, in dry homes, a reptile humidifier, will assist in maintaining the conditions they favor.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to your gecko’s well-being. Roaches are a particular favorite, and a steady supply should be in place before you purchase a leaf –tailed gecko. Snails form a good portion of the natural diet, and most zoos and advanced keepers breed small terrestrial or aquatic species as a food source. Crickets, silkworms, hornworms, locusts and other commercially-available insects should also be supplied; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 12:27PM