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01-01-2009, 02:55 AM #1
Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda) Hatchling Pictures
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Here are a couple of pictures of my Gold Dust Day Gecko neonates that hatched this week. They are the nominate form. They are very tough to get photos of due to their speed and they are very, very tiny. It's hard to believe that when they reach adult size they will be fiesty and territorial like their parents. I was very lucky this week to have five of them hatch -- and I still have several more eggs in the incubator.
01-02-2009, 01:29 AM #2
Here are the pics in a larger file size.
01-02-2009, 02:29 AM #3
Man are they ever tiny!! I recently got a female and 3 juvenile gold dust geckos a few months ago. You can see them here .... Gold Dust Geckos - PICS !!.
While the female is housed alone I know that she's been bred before. I noticed about a week ago two tiny little white eggs stuck to the leaf of the snake plant in her enclosure. I don't think these eggs are fertile as they have a green/yellow glow to them when lighted from behind. However I have a pair of White Line eggs that looked the same way for about three weeks and then all of a sudden ..... BAM ... they were pink.
From your experience do you think that the female could have retained sperm and these eggs may end up being fertile? Also ... I just left the eggs in the enclosure and didn't move them to an incubator. I would estimate that the temps where they are located are mid 80's in the day and mid 70's at night. BTW - Will the parents eat the babies if they can catch them?
Thanks ... Dyesub Dave.Rhacodactylus ciliatus ~ Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~ Uroplatus pietschmanni ~ Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis ~ Phelsuma laticauda laticauda ~ Gekko vittatus ~ Gehyra marginata ~ Homopholis fasciata ~ Tropiocolotes steudneri
01-02-2009, 05:52 AM #4
I don't know if female gold dust day geckos can store sperm from a previous breeding. It seems possible, but I've always kept mine in pairs so I don't have any experience with it.
My gold dust gecko eggs weren't adhesive, and they were a white color with a slight pink tinge to them when they were first laid. In the last month of incubation, they have a shadow-like cast to them which I assume is from the embryo's pigment. Yours may not be fertile -- for example, I got P. standingii eggs which adhered to the glass of my tank last year and they never hatched. Perhaps the females know when the eggs are infertile and don't cradle them in their back legs until they are dry.
Last year, I found a neonate getting chased by the male in the cage. I missed the clutch at the time (the cage is well planted). I had to remove it. I saw a picture somewhere on the web that showed a P. laticauda devouring another neonate day gecko, so I would be very cautious about keeping the hatchlings with the parents.
I want to stress that I'm by no means an expert here. This is the first year that I've had really good breeding success with my phelsuma.
I hope this helps.
01-02-2009, 01:59 PM #5
Hey DavidK ... you don't need to be an expert to give advice. Thanks for all that you have given. Like I said I had White Line Gecko eggs that didn't seem fertile for weeks and then all of a sudden were. So I will just leave the Gold Dust eggs where they are and see what happens.
Of the three juvies that I have only one is from this female. So hopefully one of the other two is a male. These juvies should be old enough to sex in the spring so I will likely post pics here asking for help. I did notice however that at least one of the juvies is developing the calcium sacs on the neck and thought it perhaps to be female but was told this wasn't a reliable way to sex them.
Thanks again for you help. Dyesub Dave.Rhacodactylus ciliatus ~ Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~ Uroplatus pietschmanni ~ Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis ~ Phelsuma laticauda laticauda ~ Gekko vittatus ~ Gehyra marginata ~ Homopholis fasciata ~ Tropiocolotes steudneri
01-03-2009, 09:53 AM #6
Congrats on the hatchlings(all of them).
Just curious as to the containers you're keeping them in?Looking for N.levis and P.rangei
01-03-2009, 12:20 PM #7
I use an organized poor man's setup. I keep my hatchlings all in a series of 2+ gallon glass cookie jars. I have them divided by clutch and species. I use stickers on the bottom of each to tag the species, parents, date hatched, and the last time cleaned. The cookie jars are placed on a baker's rack and have a battery of UVB flourescent lighting mounted to the bottom of the shelves immediately above the cookie jars. I use a non-metal window shade screen and post office jumbo rubber bands to secure the screen to the opening in the jars. I replace the rubber bands every two weeks (they're cheap). I discarded the original cookie jar lid. There is about an 6" space between the bottom of the lights and the top of the jars, so there will be good air flow and I can reach all the jars on the shelf with the water sprayer.
Last year I used glass terrariums with a sliding lid (Zilla) and Exoterra cages for the neonates when they were born, but the terraria were expensive, and I had constant problems with escapes. I do however use these types of terraria with false bottoms for the parents.
The jar substrate is set up with an underlayer of coarse aquarium gravel or clay encapsulated activated charcoal beads (these are available at most hydroponic stores and are often called lekka). The next layer is activated charcoal, but this can be skipped if the activated charcoal beads are used. The last layer is a mixture of fine coconut fiber peat and sand. I use small amounts of the sand in this latter substrate to flocculate it and keep it aerobic. I make sure that I have at least one sprig of live pothos (Epipremnum), or Philodendron in each of the jars and a tilted peace of cork bark or sticks for the geckos to rest on. The phelsuma get a jar lid with a fruit mixture placed in the jars fresh daily.
If the jars become fouled, I simply remove the geckos, dump out, and replace the contents.
This has worked so far for babies of my Phelsuma, Uroplatus, and Aeluroscalabotes.
01-09-2009, 06:51 PM #8
that Is a great set up for these small Phelsuma I just wish I could find some of those 2gal jars you use I can only find 1gal jars near where I live0.1 u. sikorae
1.2 ph. standingi
1.1.1 ph. grandis
1.2.4 ph. v-n cormorae
1.0 ph. dubia
1.1.1 ph. laticauda
and loves penii
02-02-2009, 12:37 PM #9
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