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Fun Fact Friday - The Viper Gecko (Teratolepis fasciata)

Updated: Feb 16, 2023


The Viper Gecko (Teratolepis fasciata) is a small species of gecko that are endemic to Pakistan- adult viper geckos will generally not exceed anything above 2-3 inches in length. They are a nocturnal animal that come out during the night to hunt. This beautiful little species are small and hardy which makes them for a very interesting pet!


Noticeable Traits

These incredible animals have very distinguishing patterns that make them so incredibly unique. They exhibit a beautiful ladder pattern with black, grey, beige and white colouration. Viper geckos, also may be referred to as carrot-tail geckos- this is due to their unusually shaped thick tails. Like most Geckos, Viper geckos store extra fat in their tails. They can also drop their tails when they feel threatened or stressed.

Housing

Indifferent to a lot of other species of geckos, Viper geckos are communal. This is something we have not yet tried ourselves and we have kept any of the ones we have had separate. This does go without saying, suitable housing would need to be provided for any groups of this species because even though they are only a small species, if you were to house more than one you would want to ensure that there is more than enough space for them to live.

Feeding

Viper Geckos are insectivores so a diet of small feeders such as crickets or locusts would suffice. A good rule of thumb for size is to only offer insects whose length does not exceed the space in between the gecko’s eyes. Feeder insects should be gut loaded before feeding. The better fed the insect, the better fed the Gecko will be!

Handling

Despite their small size, these Geckos are actually a brilliant animal to handle. They can be quite quite skittish in the early days but calm down quite a lot when they reach adulthood. They are a joyous species to deal with and definitely something a little different!


Thank you for taking your time to read this - More posts coming each week!


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