Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our Fat-tailed Gecko Nursery


Mom and 2 eggs


Fat-tailed Geckos have large tails (hence the name) and skinny legs.  They are kind of funny looking and there are very friendly.  They have thin brown velvet like skin with a design and you need to be gentle with them.  Their tails can come off as a defense mechanism and it is where they store their fat.  The tail will be regrown but never as nice as the original.  They eat mealworms and crickets in captivity and insects in nature.  These geckos have eyelids which makes them unique in the gecko world. They grow to be 4-8 inches long and live 15 to 18 years.   
We just added a Fat-tailed Gecko nursery to our house!  It really is a 2’x2’ incubator that keeps the humidity and temperature just right for the 4 existing eggs and 2 on the way!
Peter had 4 fat-tailed geckos and he kept them separated for several years.  They were easy to care for and feed.  Now that Peter is building new cages for his animals, he decided to see if he could put them together.  He decided to  put the 3 females and 1 male together.  They got along very well hiding under their pieces of wood. 
One day Peter picked up a gecko and said, “Look, she is gravid!”  Sure enough I could see the shape of two eggs.  He put a box with damp moss in the cage and she laid her eggs.  BY this time the incubator was ready.  It is important to keep the eggs at a constant temperature and it takes about 2 months to hatch.  A few days later, two more eggs were laid (by the second female) and into the incubator they went.
Yes, the 3rd female is gravid and we are waiting for her to lay the eggs.  Wow!  What a busy guy!  I’ll keep you posted on the hatchings! 


2 comments:

  1. This is so exciting!!! I can't wait to see them after they hatch!

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  2. What little eggs! How very cool.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our Fat-tailed Gecko Nursery


Mom and 2 eggs


Fat-tailed Geckos have large tails (hence the name) and skinny legs.  They are kind of funny looking and there are very friendly.  They have thin brown velvet like skin with a design and you need to be gentle with them.  Their tails can come off as a defense mechanism and it is where they store their fat.  The tail will be regrown but never as nice as the original.  They eat mealworms and crickets in captivity and insects in nature.  These geckos have eyelids which makes them unique in the gecko world. They grow to be 4-8 inches long and live 15 to 18 years.   
We just added a Fat-tailed Gecko nursery to our house!  It really is a 2’x2’ incubator that keeps the humidity and temperature just right for the 4 existing eggs and 2 on the way!
Peter had 4 fat-tailed geckos and he kept them separated for several years.  They were easy to care for and feed.  Now that Peter is building new cages for his animals, he decided to see if he could put them together.  He decided to  put the 3 females and 1 male together.  They got along very well hiding under their pieces of wood. 
One day Peter picked up a gecko and said, “Look, she is gravid!”  Sure enough I could see the shape of two eggs.  He put a box with damp moss in the cage and she laid her eggs.  BY this time the incubator was ready.  It is important to keep the eggs at a constant temperature and it takes about 2 months to hatch.  A few days later, two more eggs were laid (by the second female) and into the incubator they went.
Yes, the 3rd female is gravid and we are waiting for her to lay the eggs.  Wow!  What a busy guy!  I’ll keep you posted on the hatchings! 


2 comments:

  1. This is so exciting!!! I can't wait to see them after they hatch!

    ReplyDelete
  2. What little eggs! How very cool.

    ReplyDelete