Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 07, 2015
The African Fat-Tailed Gecko looks absolutely beautiful, with intricate markings that look as if they were designed to maximize the striking character of this lizard. There are a variety of morphs of the gecko, from a black and white Oreo patterning to a vivid red Zulu pattern. They're also fairly long-lived geckos. My lizard, Jack, lived for 12 years with it's former owner before I had him, and then he continued for 2 years.
To thrive, the african fat-tailed gecko needs a 90F heat source. Make sure to put this source at one end of their cage, because that way the cold-blooded gecko can regulate its own heat, moving from on end to the other to cool and heat themselves. Because they're nocturnal, they don't need a UV light, as some other lizards I've heard of do. In Jack's glass cage, I ripped newspaper into fairly small pieces and filled his cage up to about 2 inches. Don't use sand, is it can severely damage the gecko's digestive system if it eats it (it will). The gecko eats mealworms or crickets.
As a family pet, african fat-tailed geckos are great, as they are docile, are fine with being handled, and are fairly easy to keep. However, if you want a particularly exciting pet, don't go for a gecko. They spend most of their time sleeping and regulating their temperature, after all.