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    All Coleonyx and most (but not all) gecko species are nocturnal. I kind of like it because I'm around in the evenings.

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    Most of the animals I have are like that especially the frogs. I will have to just watch the little one more and see when he comes out.

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    I finally got a picture of my little one i think I am going to name it Tiny for now. Maybe you can tell me what kind she/he is. The Picture is not a good one but you can see her markings. She was sleeping in her log and I was trying not to drop her while I was taking it she is so small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aliza View Post
    Feed it as many crickets as it will eat. Sometimes 4 will be enough, sometimes not. Generally the males, when viewed from above, have pretty prominent spurs (little thorn-like projections) on either side behind the back legs. I can sex my C. variegatus by the age of 3 weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnette View Post
    I finally got a picture of my little one i think I am going to name it Tiny for now. Maybe you can tell me what kind she/he is. The Picture is not a good one but you can see her markings. She was sleeping in her log and I was trying not to drop her while I was taking it she is so small.
    Nice to hear that she is eating. Don't remove the hide. Tiny needs a safe retreat.

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    If there's a picture, I don't see it.

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    Congrats on your gecko. I used to breed C. American banded geckos. It sounds like it is a young one? C. mitratus come from more humid environments than the N. American banded geckos. If it is young, I would say keeping it on moistened (not soaking wet) paper towels. I kept my adults on a sphagnum moss/peat moss/cypress mulch mixture and gave them multiple plastic hides. Adults get about twice the size of an adult western banded gecko and probably about 4" head to tail or more. Being nocturnal in nature, they don't really need a lot of lighting and they will spend much of the day hiding. Once they feel more comfortable, they should spend more time out of the hide. I would definitely not pull the hides as it will stress the animal out.

    Baby geckos will burn through a lot of energy so I would say feed it as much as it will eat. I say have at least a cricket or two in the cage at all times. Once it is older, you can sex them by the spurs as others have mentioned although in my experience, the spurs are not as prominent as you find in western banded geckos. Adult males also tend to have bigger, clunkier heads.

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