Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Carrot-tailed Viper Gecko
Scientific name: Teratolepis fasciata
The Viper Gecko is a nocturnal gecko which is native to southeastern Pakistan, where it lives in dry, rocky terrain. It hides under rocks during the day until the temperature cools down. Viper Geckos have not been well-established in the pet industry, but are growing steadily with more and more online pet stores having them available for purchase.
Appearance / health:
Viper Geckos are only 1 inch long at hatching, and adults may reach 4 inches (10cm).
Viper geckos 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 80°F (27°C) to 90°F (35°C), with a night-time drop of approx 10°.
Viper Geckos are territorial and best kept in pairs of one male and one female, or one male and several females.
Like other Geckos, the Viper 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.
interesting little geckos, neat colors, tiny size
small wildcaught insects, hatchling mortality rate
LongLived Viper geckos, tiny geckos, cork bark rolls, flightless houseflies, reptile nightviewing bulbs
Tiny but Tough and Long-Lived
Viper geckos make ideal pets for “night-owls”. Despite their tiny size, they appear quite hardy, and have lived in excess of 10 years when provided proper care.
Ideally, these interesting little geckos should be kept in 10-20 gallon terrariums with a dry substrate and plenty of hiding spot. By including numerous cork bark rolls, rocks, caves and the like, 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 90-95 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 the viper gecko’s small size. For this reason, they are best kept only by those who can provide flightless houseflies, flour beetle larvae, 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 13 2015 7:17PM