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Herpin Man
07-02-2019, 12:42 PM
What is the temperament of Eublepharis hardwickii like, compared to the standard leopard gecko?
Someone told me that they are very placid, like the African fat tailed gecko. I've never had hardwickii, so I'm wondering if this is accurate.
With respect to husbandry and breeding, do they have any other peculiarities?

Elizabeth Freer
07-02-2019, 04:58 PM
Perhaps rhaco will stop by this thread to share those things.

07-03-2019, 12:10 AM
I only have one, but have also read up on them. They are very secluded and don't like to come out much. I rarely see mine.


07-10-2019, 03:01 PM
It's hard to describe. But their temperament is very different from Eublepharis macularius.
During the day they do not come out of their hides. Don't expect your Hardwickii waiting at the front of your terrarium when you come home because they hear your steps and expect food like other Leopard Geckos would. They come out when the light in their enclosure turned of and the room darkens.
So I would say they are more strictly nocturnal and like to hunt in the dark.
But if the lights in the room are off they definately come out and you can watch them hunt and they will even eat insects you offer them with tweezers.
They are definately more placid than the typical Leopard Gecko. They even move slower (until you put the food in. They get very active while hunting).
If you have them on your hand they will sit still without moving around. But I wouldn't go as far to say they like to be handled.
It's definately a fun species to work with. You could call them more timid or shy. But I think the main reason for that is that they prefer the darkness and one might misinterpret that as them being shy.