Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Israeli Sand Gecko; Lichtenstein's Short-fingered Gecko;
Scientific name: Stenodactylus sthenodactylus
The Israeli Sand Gecko is native to northern Africa, Israel, Jordan and southwest Asia. Stenodactylus sthenodactylus is one of three species of Stenodactylus available to hobbyists in North America.
Appearance / health:
Stenodactylus sthenodactylus matures to 3 - 4 inches (8.9 cm - 10.1 cm) and has a mixture of tan, brown, yellow and black.
Behavior / temperament:
Dwarf sand geckos, like many geckos, are nocturnal and need an area or two to hide during the day. Hide spots can be created with cork bark, driftwood, slate, or commercial reptile hide boxes.
A group of three adult Dune Geckos (one male and two females) can be housed in a standard 10 gallon aquarium that measures 20 inches long by 10 inches wide by 12 inches high (50 cm by 25 cm by 30 cm). The vivarium should always be kept dry and well ventilated, and a temperature range of 75 - 85°F (24 -29°C) during the day, and 65 - 75°F (18 - 24°C) works well. Dwarf sand geckos are nocturnal and need an area to hide in during the day. Hides can be created with bark, driftwood, rock, or commercial reptile hide boxes.
House Geckos are best kept as a pair or in a group with only one male. Males are territorial and aggressive towards other males.
Dune Geckos primarily eat crickets, moths, flies, cockroaches, and other insects, as well as silkworms, wax worms, and mealworms. Feeding them with gut-loaded or calcium-dusted crickets will help provide sufficient nutrition.
small wildcaught insects, reptile nightviewing bulbs, small roach nymphs, ample Vitamin D3
The tiny Israeli dune gecko makes an ideal pet for “night-owls” with limited space. Although their history in the pet trade is not very extensive, they appear quite hardy when provided with proper care.
A trio (1 male, 2 females) can be kept in a 10-15 gallon terrarium with a dry substrate and hiding spots in the form of caves and cork bark; clay-based substrates may allow them to create their own burrows. They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet and ample Vitamin D3 will 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). Red bulbs and a sub-tank heater can be used to establish a temperature range of 76- 90 F.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to their well-being. This can be a challenge, as options are limited due to this gecko’s small size. For this reason, they are best kept only by those who can provide flightless houseflies, flour beetle larvae, fruit flies, and small wild-caught insects, in addition to calciworms, tiny roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 5:21PM