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                                    INTRODUCTION 

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Welcome to my website.

I have been an animal lover from as early as I can remember Growing up I had cats and dogs and the usual rabbits and hamsters. As I got older my interest widened, I rescued a shetland pony destined for the yard and named him Sam .He lived out the rest of his life happy and healthy. It wasn’t until later in life I developed a keen interest in reptiles. I bought a corn snake and a leopard gecko and my passion for reptiles grew. I spent hours researching different species and never tired of soaking up the information.

Today I am the proud owner of a number of different species of reptile all of which I will share with you on this site.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site.

 

leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius )

 

Other species of geckos i keep are

 Crested Geckos (Rhacodactylus Cilliatus) 

 

 African fat tails (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus)

                                        DAY GECKOS

 


Phelsuma madagascariensis  grandis  (giant day gecko)

 

From northern and north west Madagascar these very large up to 12inch geckos need a high tropical vivarium responding well to the high humidity.

Phelsuma klemmeri (neon day gecko)

Klemmeri are a delicate species, but nonetheless very rewarding to keep. Cheeky little characters growing to 3.9 inches and masters of escape. The escapism is easily conquered by choosing the vivarium accordingly. From north west Madagascar they need high tropical environments to thrive.

Phelsuma standing (standing day gecko)

 P.standingi is one of the larger day geckos up to 11 inches.From the dry south west portion of madagascar and should be kept in the arid type vivarium.i mist once daily on a morning and the geckos will drink from the water  droplets.

 

Lygodactylus williamsi (electric blue day gecko)

 

These geckos are fantastic to keep. Always on the move they make beautiful visual pets and although tend to be a little wary at first they soon become very happy in the presence of the keeper.

I will be adding my experiences with these geckos very soon.

 

 

                                COMING SOON

SPHAERODACTYLUS NIGROPUNCTATUS AND SPHAERODACTYLUS TORREI .

Again small day geckos but larger than the williamsi .Pictures and information on these species will be added soon.

the geckos arrived safe and sound from Germany and as promised i have updated with a coupe of pictures.Thes are juveniles and to me they are stunning little geckos and a pleasure to keep.

here is the young male Torrei

 

the female Torrei

 

this is the male nigropunctatus

and the female

both pictures of the nigropunctatus was taken by Dennis from Zweggeckos the breeder of these gorgeous little geckos . 

 

Care and experience with this species to follow soon.

This is the updated picture of the male Torrie now showing his adult clour

 

I will be adding care sheets in the next couple of weeks and my experiences with these delightful dwarf geckos.




Also new to my collection

Diplodactylus tesselatus

An endearing little gecko with the biggest personality.I Have male and female

care sheets to follow.

                            STROPHURS SPECIES

building on my experience


 

Strophurus species are wide spread in arid shrub lands, spinifex deserts and tropical woodlands where seasonally dry conditions prevail .Keeping these Australian geckos has been a delight for me.  The species I keep are

Strophurus Ciliaris ciliaris  (northern spiny tailed.

Strophurus  taenicauda  (golden tailed gecko)

Strophurus  intermdius  (southern spiny tailed gecko)

Strophuruswilliamsi (eastern spiny tailed gecko)

The ciliars and Taenicauda are still somewhat more difficult to find here in the U.K but the number of breeders and keepers are growing as these little full of life geckos make stunning displays.

 

Many of the Strophurus species have a vividly coloured lining of the oral cavity and can easily be seen when the mouth is opened (usually in a threat display).

Starting with the S Ciliaris

The oral cavity in this species is a vibrant yellow .The various subspecies of this gecko are beautifully marked and extremely variable in colour. The spines on the gecko are not confined to the tail smaller spines continue up the body and over the eyes the eye spines being larger and giving that long eyelash look I have come to adore. When threatened this species have the ability to squirt a thick sticky fluid from small glands in their tails. The fluid is foul smelling and once expelled dries to sticky web like threads and is an irritant to the eyes. This fluid can be ejected up to a distance of 50cm and the species equipped with spiny tails can aim and shoot this fluid. Somewhat a bizarre defence mechanism but enough to deter a predator enabling the geckos escape.

Predominantly  arboreal geckos, enclosures  should be kitted out with a variety of twiggy branches which lend themselves to  day time resting spots and will be used for climbing and hunting at night. With an overall length of 135mm their elongated body design enables them to sleep exposed in daylight but remain mostly undetected by blending into their twiggy environment. Males tend to be much more tolerant of other males unlike some species however they do very well housed in mail female pairs. They will tolerate the occasional handling for checking health and weight.

 I provide my S Ciliaris with10%uvb. They are housed in tall enclosure and although they are not huge geckos I feel they deserve at least a 45x45x60 for a pair. Literature has it that 30x30x45 is adequate for these geckos and they can be housed this way without problems as long as plenty of vertical and horizontal twigs are provided.

For substrate I find the excavator sand is ideal it looks great and replicates the red sands of the Australian desert. A mixture of screened topsoil and sand could also be used. I like to include spinifex grasses and although I cheat and use the artificial grass it looks very good in the enclosures. I also provide a moist hide on the cooler side of the enclosure.

I provide a summer temperature gradient 32c down to 25c. This should be reduced when cooling to a daytime maximum of 24c down to 17c at night.

I lightly mist the enclosures every 3 days this is enough to maintain drinking water and humidity satisfactorily although I do provide a small drinking bowl.

These geckos have surprisingly large mouths for their slim build and can consume rather large insects without hesitation; however I try to provide a mixture of cockroach’s crickets and locust, and stick by the no larger than width between the eyes rule .I provide calcium and D3 supplements dusting sparingly every day 5 days pure calcium and 2 days D3 supplement.

Strophurus normally have a lifespan of 4 to eight years in captivity.

I recommend the below books as they have been a massive help to me.

Keeping& Breeding Australian Lizards (by Mike Swan

Keeping Australian Geckos (by Rob Porter

A complete guide to Reptiles of Australia (by Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan

Geckos of Australia (by Friedrich W Henkel

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growing experience

As my experience grows i will endevour to add care of the species from my research and own personal keeping


 

Strophurus species are wide spread in arid shrub lands, spinifex deserts and tropical woodlands where seasonally dry conditions prevail .Keeping these Australian geckos has been a delight for me.  The species I keep are

Strophurus Ciliaris ciliaris  (northern spiny tailed.

Strophurus  taenicauda  (golden tailed gecko)

Strophurus  intermdius  (southern spiny tailed gecko)

Strophuruswilliamsi (eastern spiny tailed gecko)

The ciliars and Taenicauda are still somewhat more difficult to find here in the U.K but the number of breeders and keepers are growing as these little full of life geckos make stunning displays.

 

Many of the Strophurus species have a vividly coloured lining of the oral cavity and can easily be seen when the mouth is opened (usually in a threat display).

Starting with the S Ciliaris

The oral cavity in this species is a vibrant yellow .The various subspecies of this gecko are beautifully marked and extremely variable in colour. The spines on the gecko are not confined to the tail smaller spines continue up the body and over the eyes the eye spines being larger and giving that long eyelash look I have come to adore. When threatened this species have the ability to squirt a thick sticky fluid from small glands in their tails. The fluid is foul smelling and once expelled dries to sticky web like threads and is an irritant to the eyes. This fluid can be ejected up to a distance of 50cm and the species equipped with spiny tails can aim and shoot this fluid. Somewhat a bizarre defence mechanism but enough to deter a predator enabling the geckos escape.

Predominantly  arboreal geckos, enclosures  should be kitted out with a variety of twiggy branches which lend themselves to  day time resting spots and will be used for climbing and hunting at night. With an overall length of 135mm their elongated body design enables them to sleep exposed in daylight but remain mostly undetected by blending into their twiggy environment. Males tend to be much more tolerant of other males unlike some species however they do very well housed in mail female pairs. They will tolerate the occasional handling for checking health and weight.

 I provide my S Ciliaris with10%uvb. They are housed in tall enclosure and although they are not huge geckos I feel they deserve at least a 45x45x60 for a pair. Literature has it that 30x30x45 is adequate for these geckos and they can be housed this way without problems as long as plenty of vertical and horizontal twigs are provided.

For substrate I find the excavator sand is ideal it looks great and replicates the red sands of the Australian desert. A mixture of screened topsoil and sand could also be used. I like to include spinifex grasses and although I cheat and use the artificial grass it looks very good in the enclosures. I also provide a moist hide on the cooler side of the enclosure.

I provide a summer temperature gradient 32c down to 25c. This should be reduced when cooling to a daytime maximum of 24c down to 17c at night.

I lightly mist the enclosures every 3 days this is enough to maintain drinking water and humidity satisfactorily although I do provide a small drinking bowl.

These geckos have surprisingly large mouths for their slim build and can consume rather large insects without hesitation; however I try to provide a mixture of cockroach’s crickets and locust, and stick by the no larger than width between the eyes rule .I provide calcium and D3 supplements dusting sparingly every day 5 days pure calcium and 2 days D3 supplement.

Strophurus normally have a lifespan of 4 to eight years in captivity.

I recommend the below books as they have been a massive help to me.

Keeping& Breeding Australian Lizards (by Mike Swan

Keeping Australian Geckos (by Rob Porter

A complete guide to Reptiles of Australia (by Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan

Geckos of Australia (by Friedrich W Henkel

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