Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Illinois, United States
Posted Apr 19, 2012
African Fat-Tailed Geckos are remarkably similar to Leopard Geckos. They are primarily ground-dwellers, and come from the desert. A longer terrarium is best suited for them, and a 20 gallon long would be sufficient for a pair of adults. They don't get any longer than 10 inches, nose to tail, and often do not quite reach that.. the average in captivity is 8 inches. They are typically patterned with wide dark bands over a light background.
The Fat-Tailed Gecko eats only animal matter, and so their diet should consist of live crickets and worms. Prepared diets and freeze dried insects do not generally fly with this species. Being nocturnal, they do not require UVB. However, they should have a UVA bulb on during the day for their physical and psychological well-being. Daytime temperature should be mid-to-high 80s, with a drop at night. The terrarium should NOT be misted, but there should be a contained area somewhere available (such as a shelter) filled with sphagnum moss... the moss should be misted daily. This humid retreat should NOT be the only available hide, and it will aid in shedding.
African Fat-Tails rarely bite, but may become defensive before they are comfortable being handled. Once used to you, they are easy to handle and tame down quite nicely.