African Fat-Tailed Gecko

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  • Hatchling to juvenile African fat-tail Geckos can be housed in a 10 gallon terrarium. Young geckos can be housed together.
  • Adult geckos will need at least a 20 gallon terrarium. Do not keep males together because they are territorial and will fight.
  • Zoo Med’s ReptiHabitat™ 10 and 20 gallon terrariums are an excellent choice for African Fat-tail
  • A Repti Shelter™, Habba Hut™, or Cork Bark will provide a secure hiding place to help reduce stress. We recommend a hide-box on both sides of the terrarium.
  • Always offer a humidity chamber for your gecko. Place New Zealand Sphagnum Moss in a ReptiShelter™ to create the perfect humid retreat.
  • Make sure that each gecko has a place to hide.
  • Daytime Terrarium Temperature: 72-88° F
  • Basking Spot: 90° F
  • Nighttime Temperature: 70-72°F
  • It is important to create a thermal gradient in your terrarium. This can be accomplished by providing a Basking Spot Lamp and an Under Tank Heater on one side of the terrarium.  By focusing the heating elements toward one side of the cage, you will naturally provide the proper thermal gradient.
  • Although these nocturnal animals will not generally bask, providing a basking spot will maintain proper temperatures in your terrarium. Placing a flat rock under a basking site will help provide belly-heat to aid in digestion.