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sirmaedwaseem
02-09-2010, 09:59 PM
pronounced (ty - ko - zoon cool eye) are also known as flying gecko are treated like crested gecko. they come from Thailand and are arboreal creatures

there unique features is extra flaps of skin, a Very screwed up tail ( almost like your spinal cord) BUT if it is regrown it will look like a leaf which first confused me when i saw it thinking it was a news species of uroplatus or a hybrid with flying and leaf tail


Tank size

at least a 20 foot tall and lots of plants not sure if they need a hide but doesn't hurt to put one in anyway. You need high humidity thats why its good to have live plants. i prefer those exo terra tanks.
Vertical slabs of cork bark glued to the back and side walls will give adequate roosting sites and the geckos will feel secure. Full spectrum lighting may be beneficial as Ptychozoon kuhli rest during the day on the bark in the open. In the wild they would receive some direct sun and may benefit from the UVB exposure. Sterile soil mixed with equal parts of peat moss and sand makes a suitable substrate. Plants may be directly placed in this soil mix. Pothos, Monstera, small ferns and Sansevieria all make excellent additions. Placing the terrarium in an area with adequate ventilation is important, as in a “stagnant” humid environment fungus and bacteria can proliferate.
Temperatures should be in the low to mid 80's F. during the day with a night time drop to the low 70's F. Misting the plant leaves and terrarium sides in the evenings will provide water for drinking and for raising humidity.


Food

they eat cricket mealworms and baby food and even crested gecko diet. but try feeding then a various of insects like wax worms roaches dubia
also what most crested eat

Breeding and sexing

Breeding will only occur when the temperature and humidity is adequate. It is common for these geckos to lay eggs when newly imported, but to stop breeding soon afterwards. Breeding can be stimulated by removing the male from the group and reintroducing him several days later. Eggs are usually glued to the terrarium walls under shelter. Beneath a cluster of leaf cover is a common site, as is under cork bark.
Incubation time can range from 60-120 days. Hatchlings are perfect replicas of the adults and should be reared individually in a small terrarium. Plastic gallon jars modified with screen lids work well. In each jar place a substrate of soil with a small Pothos sprig and a piece of cork bark angled at 90 degrees. Juveniles can be kept this way until they can be sexed. These geckos mature at about one year of age and males can be identified by the presence of a hemipenal bulge at the tail base and the enlarged femoral pores. Only keep one male per terrarium, as they will fight.

Additional notes

Imports are frequently dehydrated and plagued with red mites. The skin flaps that make this gecko so unique also allows mites to congregate in large numbers. When inspecting a prospective purchase, carefully lift all flaps of skin looking for tiny red specks. These mites must be removed before introduction to a terrarium. They can be safely removed using a cotton swab dipped in vegetable oil dabbed directly onto the mite. This suffocates the mite, allowing them to be wiped off easily. Soapy warm water can be used to wash away any oil residue. Quarantine all geckos for several weeks to watch for fresh outbreaks. Small mites can be missed and several may use the ear opening as a hiding place. When handling for inspection and for mite removal be very careful, as these small geckos can be easily injured. Hold gently, but firmly, as they will readily bite when handled. The bites are inconsequential and rarely break the skin.
Other things to look for in imported animals are injuries, such as to the mouth area and also respiratory infections. A fecal examination by a vet is recommended as internal parasites are common. Proper treatment to counter these can be the key to acclimating imports to captivity.


Note the last paragraph was somewhat copied


Normal tail
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/1245/25052862.JPG




Regenerated tail
http://media.photobucket.com/image/ptychozoon%20kuhli/slybirdsly/Herp%20Photos/Ptychozoon/Picture022.jpg



Underbelly
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/Ptychozoon_kuhli_underside_cropped.JPG