View Full Version : Anyone keep Sphaerodactylus?

02-07-2006, 04:30 PM
If so,

Id love to see pics and enclosure shots.


02-17-2006, 09:26 PM

you mean like this one?

02-18-2006, 02:06 AM
Is that the rhabdotus(sp?) yes like that one

I hope to get a few juvies this summer and cant wait....I love this species

Do you have an enclosure shot?

02-21-2006, 10:23 AM
I bred nicholsi, elegans, marcropleis spanius, and macropleis grandisquamis back in the day.

02-21-2006, 12:14 PM
how were they to keep/breed? easy?

02-21-2006, 12:48 PM
I keep cuban locale S.elegans elegans. No enclosure shots though.


02-21-2006, 12:54 PM
they were all very easy to keep and breed. i fed the larger species on 1/4" crickets and termites and the nicholsi on pinheads, drosophila, and termites. i would find a nice termite infested log, keep it in a sterlite bin, and could feed them all for a month or so at a time.

02-21-2006, 01:11 PM
What did you guys keep them in? I heard gallon jars were sufficient for them.

Monkey, if you have any free time id love to see an enclosure shot if you could take one

02-21-2006, 11:29 PM
i kept all the larger species in 12" square by 18" high cages. they were potted with pothos and a cool plant with rough red and green leaves. S. m. spanius likes things cooler, but they were just happy being kept on far end (away from the ballast) of a 4' light. I had so many nicholsi I kept them all in a sterlite blanket box... then i left the lid open just a bit and 20 or so escaped into the room... only 5 or so were recovered. bummer.

i raised the young in gallon jars or small critter keepers, with additional screen. s. elegans was the most prolific one i kept.

03-09-2006, 03:14 PM
Did you guys keep them in pairs all year long? Was there anything special you had to do to induce breeding?

03-09-2006, 04:48 PM
I kept them in pairs year round. I actually had a reverse trio of the S. m. spanius but they worked themselves out to 1.1 before I could seperate them. All of my animals bred in the summer months (May-Aug). But the S. elegans were by far the most productive for me. I think I finished off most years with 12-15 babies. They also had some of the bigger babies. The S. m. grandisquamis, despite being slightly bigger than S. elegans if I remember correctly, had some of the smallest babies.

The hardest thing for most people, I guess, is feeding them. These geckos occupy a resource abundant niche - there's a good chance of encountering lots of springtails, small flies, other micro-arthropods at any instant if you're a Sphaerodactylus. I think people that keep them unsucessfully don't feed them enough, but the same is true for most geckos. Sphaeros are not "feast or famine" specialists; they're eating all the time. And you've got to be ready to provide that kind of a setup if you want to keep them.

How much do they eat? A lot. I would leave little white delicups in their cages full of termites everyday for weeks at a time when they were availble. The larger species I kept could destroy 50-80 termites/pair every day (at least) during these intervals and still find room to eat some Drosophila and small crickets.

Babies are similar. Any juvenile who resists a termite is probably sick or weak, and my first year I lost a lot of babies because I wasn't offering enough prey. I found it best to rear them individual or in pairs of similar age (within 2-3 days). The larger ones are such aggressive feeders they - I wouldn't say intimidate - block younger animals from learning how to catch prey, which realistically isn't what they are eating in the wild. I suspect wild neonates are eating primarily things other than what I was feeding, which were termites, flies, pinheads, and flour beetle larvae. I bet if you could offer a wild diet they would do better in groups - they evolved to be able to eat those prey items, so practice probably isn't as important.

They really aren't that challenging to keep. They become problematic, I think, when you're keeping other geckos that are orders of magnitude larger in size and thus have to downsize the size of your feeders significantly. Now that I mention that, I see where the problem with their small size comes into play for most people. You've got to be spot on when it comes to heating a watering these guys. When you're as small as they are you live in a completely different world than everything else. Staying hydrated and dissipating heat become more laborious when you're small. With humidity too low, they dessicate on the spot.

Any how, good luck with them. They are an amazing group of geckos and I miss them sorely.

03-09-2006, 05:04 PM
Wow, thanks for the great info

I was just going to try and breed pinheads, since here in NY i dont have access to termites.

As for pinheads, I dont know how many they will actually eat at a time, so ill have to work that out.

Thanks again so much for the great info