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03-04-2017, 03:30 PM #1
New AFT owner
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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.
03-04-2017, 07:47 PM #2
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.
03-04-2017, 08:53 PM #3
any help would be appreciated.
03-05-2017, 10:05 PM #4
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