View Full Version : Needed Info on D. pulcher

04-14-2005, 05:09 PM
I was wondering if anyone had any info on these guys, either literature or links. Or just your own knowledge would be wonderful. Thanks guys

05-11-2005, 09:02 AM
Do you keep this species?

05-16-2005, 11:58 AM
I wish
I do keep the tessalatus and the dameum

10-10-2010, 11:27 PM
I would like to know a little bit more about this species too.....they truly are beautiful. Would someone be able to help out?

10-20-2010, 01:31 PM
I keep a pair of D. pulcher that seem to be doing very well and I know there isn't much info on the web about their care requirements so I can just tell you what I have been doing.

I keep my D pulcher on fine sand with a warm side of about 86 degrees F and a cool side of 74 degrees F. I mist the cool side every other day enough to get the sand slightly damp and have dew drops form on the walls of the enclosure.

In the wild they eat termites and I have read that it can sometimes be hard to get them to eat anything other then that because they are attracted to the unique smell of the termites. Captive specimens seem to do fine with small (1/4in) crickets. They cannot handle anything much bigger then that because of their small narrow mouths.

Just be careful not to over feed. D pulcher are more slender then other diplos and mine were starting to take the shape of D galeatus.

10-20-2010, 05:32 PM
Thanks for some information. what size enclosure do you keep them in? are they together year round? Have you bred them? and if so do you hibernate them?

10-21-2010, 01:29 AM
I keep mine in a 8 x 16 x 4 inch enclosure. I do keep them separated until they are ready to breed. I also will be hibernating them this winter. I don't know if its necessary but it cant hurt. I hibernate all my Australian geckos.

10-22-2010, 07:23 AM
I also keep and breed them. I give them a hibernation and keep them separated the whole year. I only introduce them to mate.

10-23-2010, 10:23 PM
First sorry for my poor english... i will try to help you... I keep at this moment 1.6 D.pulcher, although 0.4 are subadult... i have obtained this season 14 babys at this time with only two females laying (and 6 eggs incubating today!), so i can say that they are really prolific... i only mate females with male two times per female, i don´t want this amount of eggs, i was worried because health of my females, i couldn´t stop them! i reduce 4ºC and 2 hours of light and i think that they finally stop...

I haven´t got any problems feeding adults... they have more slender mouths, and they use a very differents "hunting technics"... i can say that they prefer small preys, i feed mine with shefordella tartara with 2.5-3 months old (0.5-0.8cms)... they eat really well, mines eat 7-8 croakroaches 3 times per weeks and take them from my clamps... their favorite prey is Galleria by far... they can eat every galleria that you can offer... they eat adult gallerias like crazy machines...

I keep them at 31ºC on the hot side, and 27ºC on the cold size...

Here a pic of one of my blotched females:


And the babys (male is striped):



Three months old baby:


Hope it can help you!

Regards! José R.

10-24-2010, 04:46 PM
Thank you very much Jose! Nice pictures too! I really like this species and I am surprised at how prolific they are! Thanks for your help! Do you know how widely spread these are currently in the industry? Is it possible to attain these somehow in Canada?