Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Madagascar Ground Gecko; Ocelot Gecko; Malagasy Fat Tailed Gecko; Panther Gecko
Scientific name: Paroedura pictus/Paroedura picta
The Pictus Gecko (Paroedura pictus/Paroedura picta) is a small, nocturnal ground-dwelling gecko which is native to the island of Madagascar. Pictus Geckos live in leaves on the forest floor, where they feed on insects. They adapt well to captivity, have friendly personalities, and have become popular pets.
As the Pictus Gecko has a wide distribution in Madagascar, it is believed to have a stable wild population and there is no export quota on the capture of wild specimens. The species is listed as being of "least concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN).
Appearance / health:
P. pictus are brown with black markings. There are a number of morphs which have been created, including orange and amelanistic (yellow). The Pictus Gecko is typically between 4 -6 inches in total length.
A single Pictus Gecko does well in a 10 gallon terrarium. For housing more than one gecko, a 20 gallon habitat is recommended. Keeping male geckos in the same habitat is not recommended, as they will fight to the death.
Pictus Geckos are insectivores, and in captivity can be fed crickets and mealworms.
colorful species, real fun gecko, inquisitive nature, Novice gecko fans
supplemental heat, hot spot, small temperature gradient, reptile nightviewing bulbs, cork bark
From Kacie Bingham Sep 29 2017 8:11PM
A Great "First Gecko"
Novice gecko fans seeking a moderately-sized, hardy yet “different” species need look no further than the fascinating little pictus gecko. Captive-bred specimens, readily available at reasonable prices, offer a great introduction to the fascinating hobby of lizard breeding.
A trio (1 male, 2 females) of these leaf-litter denizens can be kept in a 10-15 gallon terrarium with coco-husk, top soil and dead leaves as a substrate and hiding spots in the form of caves and cork bark. They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet and ample Vitamin D3 will do fine without UVB exposure. As “insurance”, however, a low-output (i.e.2.0%) UVB bulb may be provided. 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- 82 F.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to their well-being. Flightless houseflies, flour beetle larvae, and small wild-caught insects, in addition to calciworms, small roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects should be alternated in the diet; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 8:39PM