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Teratoscincus keyzerlingi

Scientific name: Teratoscincus keyzerlingi

Distribution: North central and southeastern Iran, western Afghanistan, northwestern Pakistan and the eastern Arabian peninsula.

Habitat: Restricted to desert regions with sparse plant cover.

Brief description: SVL of 115 mm nd a total lenght of 175 mm. Bright yellow and orange coloration with two black stripes running down the back, make this gecko very appealing. Can be aggressive at times, but makes a hardy captive. Requires a 2 to 3 month cooling period. Mainly insectivorous.




Teratoscincus bebriagai

Scientific name:  Teratoscincus bebriagai

Distribution:  East Iran to South Afghanistan

Habitat:  Desert.  Utilizes hard sandy soil with sparse vegetation.  Will construct a deep burrow system that stays humid.

Brief description:  SVL 72mm and a total length of 107mm.  A smaller species for the Genus.  Body is a light cream, with brown crescent shape V markings.  Dark vertical bars on snout.  A pair or trio can be kept in a desert vivarium, with a night time drop.  Needs to be sprayed 2-3 times per week.  Will accept the usual insects and one must pay attention to calcium intake, as the animals need large amounts.  Females lay 2-4 clutches per season.  Needs a winter rest period of three months.  A rare species in captivity.


Packydactylus (Palmetogecko) rangei

Scientific name: Packydactylus (Palmetogecko) rangei

Distribution: Namib desert of southwestern Africa

Habitat: Wind-blown sands of the coast and the desert.

Brief description: SVL of 7.5 cm for females and SVL of 6.5 for males. Total length can be up to 11 cm for females with males being smaller. Pattern and color is varied with each indivdual. Needs a sharp drop in temps at night and sprayed lightly 2-3 times per week. Females lay 4-7 clutches in a season. Insectivorous.




Pachydactylus r. rugosus

Scientific name:   Pachydactylus r. rugosus

Distribution:  Africa.  W. Cape to Kaokveld in Namibia

Habitat:  Semi-desert and succulent karroid veld.  Occurs in rock outcrops, cracks, and loose bark of dead trees.

Brief description:  SVL 45-60mm with a total length of 95mm.  Probably one of the most sought after African species of geckos.  With large rough tubercles, a distinct pattern, and a scorpion mimic behavior, they have their place in one's collection.  Can be kept in either a show box setup or a small desert vivarium.  A hot spot of 90f during the day is a must with a night time drop into the 70's.  They should be sprayed down 2-3 times per week.  Will accept small crickets, roaches, and waxworms.  Should be supplemented with good calcium and vitamins.  Females will lay anywhere from 4-8 clutches per season.  Fresh hatchlings have a striking bold pattern.




Pristurus carteri

Scientific name: Pristurus carteri

Distribution: Oman, middle east.

Habitat: Sandy, well drained soil, rock mixture and frequently utilizes plants as refuges and observation post's.

Brief description: SVL of 55 mm and a total length of 115 mm. Males are slightly larger than females. Tails are bright yellow underneath and severe as a communication device, as they tail-wave and arch in over their backs. Several females can be kept with one male in a large desert vivarium. Insectivorous.




Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae

Scientific name:

Distribution: Iskand of Okinawajima, Kourijima, and Sesokojima, in the Ryukyu Archipleago.

Habitat: Same as for Goiniurosaurus K. splendens.

Brief description: SVL of 79 mm and a total length of 140 mm. Mainly a dark rich mauve/black coloration with bright red spots, stripes, and broken bands. Several females may be kept with one male, provided that there are plenty of hidding places. May lay up to three clutches in a season. A very delicate and secretive gecko. Insectivorous.



Goniurosaurus orientalis

Scientific name:   Goniurosaurus orientalis

Distribution:  Ryukyu Islands.  Isle Aka Ie, Tokashiki, and Tonaki.

Habitat:  Inhabits rocky terrain along small streams with dense subtropical forest.  Hides underneath rocks, dead wood, and leaf litter.

Brief description:  SVL 84mm with a total length of 160mm.  Body color is a dark purple/black with bright peach to pink to orange-red bands and spots.  A work of art for the natural world!  Can be kept as pairs or trios in a terrestrial vivarium with plants and cork flats.  Must be kept below 80F for long term captivity.  Will consume small insects and do not give any supplements that contain D3.  Females will lay 2-4 clutches per season.


Goniurosaurus yamashinae

Scientific name:  Goniurosaurus yamashinae

Distribution:  Ryukyu Islands.  Kume Island.

Habitat:  Utilizes dead wood, rocks, and leaf litter for retreats.  Sub-tropical to humid enviroments.

Brief description:  SVL 88mm with a total length of 160mm.  Black body color with bright yellow bands and spots and a blood red iris.  Can be kept as pairs or trios in a well planted vivarium with plents of cover.  A shy species that only comes put after the lights are off.  Will take small insects and do not give any D3.  Females lay 3-4 clutches per season.  An uncommon and beautiful species.   


Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi lichtenfelderi

Scientific name: Goniurosaurus lichtenfelderi lichtenfelderi

Distribution: Dang Cam village, Hoang Hoa Tham. Chi Linh, Hai Hung, Vietnam.

Habitat: Small canyons that are covered with evergreen and deciduous forest. High percentage of ferns and palms make up the foilage. Utilizes, bark, fallen trees, rocks, and caves as resting places.

Brief description: SVL of 102 mm and a total lenght of 170 mm. A dark rich chocolate color with four yellow bands. Also known as G. murphyi. More heavily built than other Goniurosaurus sp. Females may lay up to three clutches in a season. Requires a tropical vivarium. Insectivorous.


Nephurus l. levis

Scientific name: Nephurus l. levis

Distribution: From Western Australia to all the arid parts of mainland states, execpt Victoria.

Habitat: Arid and semiarid habitats. Open woodland, arid scrub land to spinifex covered desert sandplains and dunes.

Brief description: SVL of 10 cm with a total length of 14-15 cm. A very hardy and chunky desert gecko. Always a favorite with gecko keepers. After a two month cooling, females will produce several clutches. Babies are little butterballs! Primarily insectivorous, but will take pink mice.




Diplodactylus byrnei

Scientific name:  Diplodactylus byrnei

Distribution:  Australia, NSW, to Southern Australia, to Northern Territory, to Queensland.

Habitat:  Loamy sandy soils, that have sparse ground cover such as shrubs and dead wood.

Brief description:  SVL of 50mm with a total length of 80-90mm.  A small member of the Genus.  Body color is a light cream/grey with orange/red blotches on the dorsum.  Males are somewhat smaller than females.  During the breeding season, they a very vocal and display a lot of back arching and tail waving.  Females produce 3-5 clutches per season, if well fed.  Once common, but now it is becomming hard to find.  May be setup as individuals in show boxes with a sand/stone mixture and a hide box.  Temps should range between 80-90f during the day a nightime drop of 15-20 degree's.  Offer small insects and feed often. 




Heteronotia binoei

Scientific name:  Heteronotia binoei

Distribution:  Australia, all states.

Habitat:  Occurs in dry open habitats.  Shelters beneath rocks, logs, loose bark, dead vegetation.  May be locally abundant.

Brief description:  SVL of 50mm with a total lenght of 80-90mm.  A parthenogenetic sauria.  The specimens I work with are a light red/orange color with small white tubercules.  Should be kept warm and dry.  If well fed, an animal may start producing in 7-8 eight months.  A good starter gecko that is easy to propagate.


Gonatodes vittatus

Scientific name: Gonatodes vittatus

Distribution: North Columbia and Venezuela. Island poulations occur on Aruba, Margarita, Coche, Cubagua, Trinidad, Tobago, and Curacao.

Habitat: Human habitation, such as houses and buildings. Dead trees, palm frons, and rock outcrops.

Brief description: SVL of 7cm with a total length of 14cm. Males are very beautiful with orange/yellow coloration extending from the head to mid-body, with a white stripe bordered by two black stripes running from the nose to the tail. May be kept as pairs in a semi-tropical vivarium. Needs a heat source and good lighting. Females lay single egg clutches. Insectivorous.




Gonatodes ceciliae

Scientific name:  Gonatodes ceciliae

Distribution:  Cerro Azul, Cerca de Macuro, Peninsula de Paria, Estado Sucre, Venezuela.  Trinidad.

Habitat:  Inhabit lower sections of tree trunks.  Abandoned houses, edges of forest, and cave systems.  Prefer cool moist habits.

Brief description:  SVL 51 and a total length of 143mm for males.  Females are smaller.  Males have a uniform brown coloration with red highlights on the dorsal surface with yellow spots and stripes.  Females are light brown with dark markings.  Can be kept in a natural vivarium with plenty of live plants and cork flats.  Need natural light with cool temps and high humidity.  Feed various small insects.  Females lay one egg per clutch.  A beautiful and seldom kept species.