Are fat tailed geckos good pets?

Are fat tailed geckos good pets?

African fat-tail geckos are not as popular as their cousin the Leopard gecko, however they make equally fascinating pets and are a great choice for the first-time reptile keeper. African fat-tail geckos stay relatively small and have undemanding care requirements.

Do fat tailed geckos bite?

In the wild, and in captivity, African Fat-Tailed Geckos are extremely docile, gentle and calm lizards, who spend their time sleeping, basking and occasionally hunting for insects during the night. They are unlikely to scratch or bite other animals or humans over food or territory, unless strongly threatened.

Do fat tailed geckos like to be held?

Handling and Temperament African fat-tailed geckos can be shy, but can also be open to being handled and can become tame with regular contact. It is important to always take great care when handling a gecko and it is important to never hold or constrain a gecko by its tail.

Do fat tailed geckos need UV light?

Fat Tailed Geckos are nocturnal, which means that they do not require the same bright lighting and UVB set up that diurnal lizards would require. While UVB is not considered absolutely essential to raising Fat Tailed Geckos, it has been shown that providing it can increase the health of animals housed under it.

Why do geckos have fat tails?

The thick tails of leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) store fat. When a predator is in hot pursuit, they snap off their tails on the run. This voluntary severing is called autotomy. Even as the twitching severed extremities keeps the pursuer occupied, the lizards escape.

Why won’t my fat tailed gecko eat?

The most common reason why your gecko may stop eating is because it is simply too cold. African fat-tailed geckos require a warm and cool side to their enclosure, enabling them to thermoregulate. The cool side should be around 80°F, while the warm side should range between 90ºF and 95°F.

How long does it take for a fat tailed gecko to shed?

Fat-tailed geckos will shed their skin about every 3-4 weeks. You’ll notice their color will appear dull when they are about to shed.