View Full Version : african clawed gecko(holodactylus africanus)

02-20-2005, 09:19 AM
anyone working with the above???
please pass any info on as i have just got some w/c adults.

02-22-2005, 07:22 AM
Holodactylus africnus is a rarely acclimated gecko.
I worked with a pair last year. The major difficulty is to feed them. They are termites eaters but in a captive environnment, you could feed them of crickets with brocken legs, or that have been frozen 10 min in the fridge before. I hand feed them regularly, and they were able to eat large roaches !

Most people use sand, where geckos could burrow. But I first use paper towel with an hidden humid box ( with sand) and it works good. I use a lot of hidden areas. This gecko seems to be very sensitive to deshydratation.

H.africanus as been bred in US, according to R.Tremper and P.de Vosjoli .
There is very few litterature and infos available on this specie, Try to find field guide

02-23-2005, 04:04 PM
I have only kept this species for a couple weeks so my experiance is limited.
I am keeping them on a sand/cocofibre substrate, about 3'' deep. This is keep just damp enough so that tunnels hold in it well. I have a pipe in one corner gojng to the bottom of the substrate so that i can easily dampen the bottom layers and i also spray upto three times a day. I have actually found them to be good feeders, the female fed only a couple of days after i got her, taking both crickets and waxworms. The male took longer but is now feeding reasonably well also.
I did consider using a basic set-up as armali has described but i just felt happier allowing them to burrow as i think this will help cut down on stress.
Best of luck with them
EDIT: The viv is open topped, thought id beter mention that as regular spraying may otherwise seem wrong.
Also i have noticed that these geckos seem o come up and feed well for a night and then stay below ground for a few days.

Nathan Hall
03-11-2005, 04:05 AM
This gecko seems to be very sensitive to deshydratation


Larry Boyle has done well with them. You might want to shoot him an email:


03-14-2005, 12:27 PM
thanks for the unfo nathen.
i have just shot the guy an email. :D :D :D :lol:

03-29-2005, 05:27 AM
hi rob ,

nice to see you here , didnt know you kept these, any chance you could post some photos?

i was really tempted to get some wc which was available a little while ago but decided against it because i heard how troublesome they where.

06-03-2009, 11:12 AM
how can u sex them

06-22-2009, 09:48 AM
I would Be very intreasted in a care sheet also. My daughter is wanting to expand her lizard collection and we found one in a store here. But I don't want to get it until I am sure we can take proper care if it.