Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Desert Banded Gecko; Tucson Banded Gecko; Texas Banded Gecko; Salamanquesa de franjas
Scientific name: Coleonyx variegatus
The Western Banded Gecko is a ground dwelling, nocturnal Gecko which is native to the Mohave and Sonoran deserts in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Coleonyx variegatus feeds at night on insects like spiders, beetles and grasshoppers. Their tail is used to store water and fat that the species uses in times of poor feeding.
Western Banded Geckos thrive in small to medium desert type terrestrial terrarium with plenty of hiding places, some desert plants (succulents), and a 4-inch substrate for burrowing.
Appearance / health:
Western Banded Geckos are terrestrial lizards, ranging in length from 4–6 inches (10–15 cm). The body is sandy colored with dark bands broken into patches. The tiny scales give its skin a silky texture. The eyelids are edged in white, and unlike typical geckos, it has prominent eyes with movable lids. Males have prominent spurs on either side of the body at the base of the tail.
A shallow water bowl is a good source of hydration and humidity.
Day temp: 85-95F; night temp: 80-85F; humidity: 10-20%; lighting 10-12 hours.
Like most Geckos, Western Banded Geckos feed on insects like crickets, cockroaches, locusts, grasshoppers, and flies. They also eat mealworms, superworms, silkworms, and phoenix worms. Gut-loaded and vitamin/mineral-powdered crickets are recommended for balanced nutrition and health.
Females lay up to three clutches of one to two soft-shelled eggs in the spring and summer. Eggs hatch after six weeks.
An Ignored US native - But it Shouldn't Be!
These natives of the American Southwest make ideal pets for leopard gecko fans who wish to branch out. Despite their small 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 sub-tank heater will also be useful in creating a warm spot.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to their well-being. Flightless houseflies, small wild-caught insects, calciworms, tiny roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects are all eagerly-accepted; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term..
From findiviglio Nov 13 2015 9:29PM