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 PANTHER GECKO

So my friend is getting two panther gekcos ( male and female ) so what the heck do they need and stuff because she said she wanted me to check on them when she’son vvacation in a week so help me I’m very unexpectedly doing this she’s lucky I’m a lizard lover



07/16/14  06:13pm

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 PANTHER GECKO

they are smaller then anoles and need similar food

- An enclosure measuring 18" x 18" x 18" (60cm x 45cm x 45cm) such as the Exo Terra Terrarium

- A soil brick or medium moss matt subtrate

- An Exo Terra rainforest heat mat measuring 20cm x 20cm

- A light holder such as the Exo Terra Compact Top Canopy

- A 25W Daylight heat bulb

- A 15W Nightlight heat bulb

- At least 2 hides (cool and warm hides)

- A feeding dish and water dish

- Moss or vermiculite for the moist hide

- A thermometer to check temperature

- A hygrometer to check humidity

- Exo Terra plants for climbing and decoration

- As these geckos like tropical conditions you could also get a small Exo Terra waterfall to increase humidity but this is not essential.

























07/16/14  06:25pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2307437


 PANTHER GECKO

Ok.....



07/16/14  06:50pm

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 PANTHER GECKO

what



07/16/14  06:52pm

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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2307444


 PANTHER GECKO

Well do you know any website that might also help with pictures ( I’m a person that needs a pic or Ihave no freaking idea what to do ) or you ccould tell me what your setup looks like



07/16/14  07:02pm

 #2307449


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 PANTHER GECKO


The Panther Gecko also known as the Ocelot Gecko, Madagascar Ground Gecko, Malagasy Fat Tailed Gecko, Painted Ground Gecko, or Big Head Gecko has a large head with wide cat like eyes, a slender body and a thick tail. They usually have a brown body with a mixture of brown, gold and white markings across their head, back and tail and some also have a white stripe running down the back from the top of the head to the tip of the tail. These gecko’s come in a variety of morphs and colours including reds, yellows, purples and snow.


Adult Size


Adults grow between 10cm-15cm long including the tail! Although some males have been known to reach 20cm.


Life Span


Panther geckos can live for around 10 years!


Habitat


Panther Gecko’s are nocturnal (coming out at night) and are native to Madagascar. Due to not being very good climbers these little geckos are mainly found in the leaves on the ground of the forest.


Breeding


It is reccomended that Panther geckos not be bred from until around 10 - 12 months old as before this could put a lot of strain on the female and possibly kill her! After breeding the female will store the males sperm and around 2-3 weeks after mating she will lay her first clutch of 2 eggs. If she has retained the males sperm she will lay more clutches of 2 eggs per clutch every 2 weeks. Incubate at 27C and after another 30-60 days they should start hatching, if after this time an egg hasn’t hatched but it still looks white and healthy and seems to be growing keep it incubated as it has been known in some cases for eggs to take 120 days to hatch although this is rare. Once she has been mated it is best to remove the male to another enclosure so that your female has a chance to rebuild her calcium reserves.


Diet


Panther gecko’s are insectivores and will eat crickets, mealworms and locusts with the occasional wax worm as a treat, all food should be dusted with calci powder and D3 Vitamin as they don’t have UVB bulbs this is a very important step to follow to protect against MBD. A shallow water dish should also be provided and water should be changed regularly.


Temperament


Due to the small size and delicate bodies of these geckos if you do decide to handle your gecko be very gentle. Whilst they will be skittish as babies and will attempt to run away from you, with regular gentle handling your gecko should get used to you and become quite tame. When handling for the first time remember to try and pick the gecko up from underneath not from above as your gecko might confuse you with a predator. Never restrain your gecko by its tail as its tail may come off!


Socialising


Whilst you can keep a group of females together never put 2 males together as they will fight and possibly kill each other over territory. Also if you do decide to keep a group of females keep an eye out for signs of bullying. Only put a male with a female if you are trying to breed them as these geckos are very easy to breed. If you have a male with a group of females you may end up with more hatchlings than you know what to do with!


Enclosure


A 10-20 gallon tank (2ft x 1ft x 1ft) should house 1 male and 2 females comfortably. Provide plenty of places for your panther geckos to hide such as half logs, and remember to put a hide with moist moss or vermiculite inside to help with shedding and egg laying if you intend to breed. You can put paper, Astroturf, a moss matt, a sand soil mixture or rocks for the substrate (floor). Any substrate that you do get make sure it is not dusty as the particles can cause breathing problems and if it is sand make sure it is very fine grain sand to reduce the risks of impaction, also until your gecko is an adult only use paper towels or newspaper.


Temperature


A Panther gecko will need a range of temperature in its enclosure to help it self regulate its body temperature. The best way of doing this is to have your heat source on one side of the cage. Temperatures can be kept around 29C during the day with a basking spot of 31C. At night drop the temperatures down to 25C but never drop below 23C. Mist the tank daily to maintain a humidity of between 50% - 80%.


Lighting


Being nocturnal your gecko won’t require a UVB light. For heating you can use a night bulb which usually come in red or blue.


Maintenance


Daily tasks include spot cleaning the enclosure, ensuring they have fresh water and misting the enclosure daily to maintain humidity levels. A 5% bleach solution is excellent for deep cleaning the tank but you must make sure to thoroughly rinse the enclosure before putting your pet back in.


What will I need?


- An enclosure measuring 18" x 18" x 18" (60cm x 45cm x 45cm) such as the Exo Terra Terrarium

- A soil brick or medium moss matt subtrate

- An Exo Terra rainforest heat mat measuring 20cm x 20cm

- A light holder such as the Exo Terra Compact Top Canopy

- A 25W Daylight heat bulb

- A 15W Nightlight heat bulb

- At least 2 hides (cool and warm hides)

- A feeding dish and water dish

- Moss or vermiculite for the moist hide

- A thermometer to check temperature

- A hygrometer to check humidity

- Exo Terra plants for climbing and decoration

- As these geckos like tropical conditions you could also get a small Exo Terra waterfall to increase humidity but this is not essential.














don’t know how to post pics




























07/16/14  07:28pm

 #2307450


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  Message To: ReptileGOD   In reference to Message Id: 2307449


 PANTHER GECKO

Thanks this is what I needed



07/16/14  07:34pm


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