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    Hello,

    I just got my first African fat tail gecko 2 days ago (sort of by chance) and had ordered 2 females from an online breeder and they should be arriving in the next 1-2 weeks depending on the weather. I live in Arkansas and right now it is 30s at night and 60s during the day so not great reptile shipping weather.

    The AFT that I bought 2 days ago I came across at a chain pet store while buying supplies to get ready for the 2 geckos I ordered. I had never seen an AFT at the store before even though I am in there a lot buying crickets and worms for my bearded dragon. I had done a lot of research on them and had already ordered the 2 that are coming in the mail. This little one was hiding in the back behind a small fake plant, on sand, with no hide at all, and she was in super bright lighting (probably to show her off). I just wanted to look at her because I hadn't seen one in person before and I thought it would help me prepare for my 2 females and once I held her I had to get her. She is friendly but has a large spot on her belly that I did research on and the best I can tell it looks like what happens when one is burned and then it starts to heal.

    I have her in my old bearded dragon tank (20 long) on repti-carpet with an under tank heater. I use mostly zoo-med products or exoterra. She has a hide on the warm side and a humid hide on the cool side with moss under it for the humidity. I am working on getting more hides since there will soon be 3 in the same tank. The 2 I ordered are 100% confirmed females that are "ready to breed" even though I'm not breeding them. So even though they say this one is a female and I looked and I think female, if it turns out to be male it's not a total disaster since I know the other 2 are female. Since I will now have 3 instead of 2 I plan on getting a larger and hopefully shorter tank to keep them in. I also have the compressed coconut fiber that I will most likely switch to for humidity.

    Thanks everyone and I hope to get a lot of good recommendations and help from all the experienced owners. This is my first gecko ever so I am going off of research I did and weeding through conflicting info and just deciding for myself what I feel like is best out of the research.

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    Welcome to GU! It sounds as if you're on the right track. One thing to keep in mind is that since the 2 groups of AFT's come from 2 different places, they need to be quarantined from each other for at least a month, so you'll need a second enclosure for awhile. I currently have 6 AFT's and enjoy them a lot even though they tend to be somewhat reclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Welcome to GU! It sounds as if you're on the right track. One thing to keep in mind is that since the 2 groups of AFT's come from 2 different places, they need to be quarantined from each other for at least a month, so you'll need a second enclosure for awhile. I currently have 6 AFT's and enjoy them a lot even though they tend to be somewhat reclusive.

    Aliza
    Do you have any advice for after the quarantine is over and I am trying to introduce them? I know that the 2 I ordered online have been around other female geckos because I asked but at petco they said they don't know that sort of information and that she came in as the only one so I don't know if she is used to being around other geckos or not but since they get their pets from breeders I would think so? I really meant to stick with just the 2 but I'm that bleeding heard type of person and she looked so pathetic in there but was easy to handle. I am also curious about the way her belly looks. Its just an area where it looks like missing scales or something but since I just got her and really you're not supposed to handle them until they are used to the new home I'm trying not to bug her too much and turn her over and everything. All I could find online were pics of geckos burned from their UTHs and the pics of the ones that were healing looked similar so I just assumed maybe that was it.

    any help would be appreciated.
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    The general wisdom for introducing geckos is to clean the "furniture", re-arrange it and put the geckos in together, keeping an eye on them for any immediate aggression and then on a more long term schedule for bullying issues. I frequently switch up my groupings without going through all of that and it's nearly always been OK. If the area without the scales is not red or irritated looking,then there's probably nothing you can do about it.

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