Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 04, 2015
Knobtails are ideal for leopard gecko fans who wish to expand their horizons to include less commonly-kept species with similar needs. Although their history in the pet trade is much shorted than that of their “rock star” cousins, knobtails can be recommended to beginners.
Ideally, these interesting little geckos should be kept in 10-20 gallon terrariums that allow for burrowing into the sand; alternatively, they will accept plastic caves and other hide-ways. They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet do fine without UVB exposure. A heat tape or sub-tank heat mat should be used to create a basking site of 90F, with ambient temperatures ranging from 80-84 F. 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 additional heat if needed.
A varied diet comprised of roaches, crickets, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, calciworms and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being; crickets and mealworms alone will not suffice.