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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.88    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 10/20/2006

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Geckos

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Squee

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Viper gecko(Teratolepis fasciata)

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

carrot-tail viper gecko viper-tailed gecko carrot tail gecko

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males have very prominent hemipenal bulges at the base of their tail and females donít.. although over weight adult females can look like a male due to fat storage sacks located near the cloacal region

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Its best to use paper towel with these guys. its easily cleaned and they cant eat it or get their toes stuck in it. some say you can house them on a fine sand but i wouldnít risk it with such small geckos.

a shallow water dish should be available at all times for them. its also a good idea to mist them LIGHTLY once or twice a week.

Lighting and UVB:

They donít need any special lighting or uvb

Temperatures and Humidity:

Temps on the warm side should be between 85 and 90 on the cool side it should be between 75 and 80. relative humidity should be kept low but its always a good idea to include a humid hide for shedding purposes.

Heating and Equipment:

The best way i find to heat the tank is by an under tank heater, its also cheaper in the long run.

Caging Provided:

One gecko can be housed in a 5 1/2 gallon tank and 2-3 in a 10 gallon(but 15 is better). They also need a few hides, some on the warm some on the cool end. I find that the small plastic meal worm containers from the 50 ct, the small 1 oz dishes from restaurants, and card board egg crates work well.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Babies should be fed pinhead sized crickets or tiny silk worms and adults can eat the small 1/4 inch crickets small meal worms and small silk worms.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

The crickets should be dusted with pure calcium every 5-6 feedings. a multivitamin or calcium with D3 should be used the other 1-2 feedings.

Maintenance:

Fairly low maintenance. should be fed every day (3-6 crickets) spot clean daily totally clean every 1-2 weeks

Some Words on this Species:

These are nice and easy to care for and donít take up a lot of room. Great for the beginner and awfully cute. Be careful with handling as they are a small more delicate gecko. their max length is about 4 inches. They say they are terrestrial geckos but i think they are semi-arboreal. they do like to climb on plants in their cage and have been seen walking upside down on the top screen if they have a way up there
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