The Fat-Tailed Gecko

Hemitheconyx caudicinctus

This fat-tailed gecko is preparing to shed.

The general name of this animal is the fat-tailed gecko. The scientific name is Hemitheconyx caudicinctus. All of it's classifications are as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Family: Gekkonide

The gecko's habitat is mainly in the tropics. It's geographic range is in Western Africa. In the class room habitat, the gecko's temperature ranges from 78 to 85 degrees. With a rock on the bottom of the cage and a turtle shell to hide under. It also has a water dish and a food bowl. The food that the fat-tailed gecko eats is mealworms and it always enjoys a cricket. Although if it were in the wild it would just eat live insects. What would eat it would be a big hawk or an eagle.

The fat-tailed gecko is usually mature enough to lay eggs when it is between three months and one year old. Usually before it is one year old it lays eggs. Their life span is normally eight to ten years. The fat-tailed gecko usually lives alone until mating time. Around mating time a male will want three to eight females around them. If they don't have at least three they will get too aggressive. The female will lay the eggs but only two at a time. They will keep laying eggs several times during this time.

Some of my personal observations were that the fat-tailed gecko has very distinctive ear holes. You can almost see right through them. I also observed that the widest point of the fat-tailed gecko's tail, in our class room, is approximately 2 centimeters. One other thing that I observed was that the gecko doesn't always catch it's food on the first try and can take several tries before they actually catch it.

The way that you would handle a gecko is to pick it up between the front and back legs. You don't want to be rough with the tail because it will fall off, this is a defense mechanism. Their skin is very thin and can be very fragile. The main thing about holding a fat-tailed gecko is that you need to be very gentle.

Some other interesting information that I found was that geckos usually don't have eyelids. But there is one kind that does and that is the fat-tailed gecko. I also found that there are a lot of companies that use the geckos for there adds and campaigns or even part of there business name. The last thing that I found that I thought was interesting was that if a gecko lays it's eggs and you incubate them you can determine the sex of that gecko. If you keep an egg at 90 degrees it will most likely be a male, but if you keep the egg at 80 degrees it will most likely be a female.

This is just a little information that I have researched on the fat-tailed gecko.

This is the only fat-tailed gecko in our class.



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