Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Dwarf yellow-headed gecko
Scientific name: Lygodactylus luteopicturatus
The Yellow-headed Dwarf Gecko is a small species of dwarf gecko found in the rocky areas of southern Kenya, eastern Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
Lygodactylus is a genus of diurnal geckos with approximately 60 species. They are commonly referred to as "Dwarf Geckos".
parasite loads, visibility, captivity, dehydration
live plants, Exo Terra Terrarium, UVB lighting
From Kacie Bingham Sep 28 2017 9:53PM
Tiny, Colorful and Very Interestiing
Although quite small, these interesting little East African natives require terrariums that are larger than one might suppose, and which are vertically oriented to allow for climbing opportunities. By including numerous live plants and basking/retreat sites, an experienced gecko owner can maintain small colonies and enjoy watching group interactions and, perhaps, breeding behavior (single-male groups are the safest option).
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential for proper nutrition. This can be a challenge, as options are limited due to the dwarf gecko’s small size. For this reason, they are best kept only by experienced lizard owners who can provide flightless house flies and small wild-caught insects, in addition to calciworms, tiny roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects. Nectar mixes containing fruit, baby food, and honey should also be provided, and many individuals will accept commercial nectar mixes sold for use with crested and day geckos (Phelsuma spp.)..
From findiviglio Nov 15 2015 1:01PM
Small and fast
This is one of the smallest geckos you'll find available as a pet. I kept a group of four in a 45x45x45cm Exo Terra Terrarium. Although nocturnal, I provided mine with UVA & UVB lighting (this was also needed as I use live plants) and I believe it increased their visibility and activity levels, so would recommend it.
Adults are barely a few inches in size and very slender. They are FAST. In a race, they could give the Flash a run for his money. This makes handling them nigh on impossible and I was always nervous about cleaning them out. They are also very shy, and it could easily go a week without me seeing them.
Unfortunately almost all of these species offered in captivity are wild caught. This means it's often hard to know if they have parasite loads, dehydration or stress - as well as not knowing how old they are.
I don't think these make a very good pet or display, since they are fairly shy, you're not likely to see them, and since they are so small and fast, you can't really get them out to enjoy either..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 3:21AM