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    Oedura monilis

    DESCRIPTION
    Has a snout to vent length of roughly 3.35 inches with an overall length of around 6.25 inches. Tail size is long and slightly depressed. Most specimen are yellowish brown with a translucent purple, yellow background with dark flecks and dark edged pale spots from the neck to the tip of the tail. Belly is white or creamish color, face has a dark purple strip running through the eye to the neck.

    DISTRIBUTION
    Can be found in rock outcroppings, this species is semi arboreal and will retreat and seek shelter in rock crevices, under bark, and in dry forest tree stumps. Located in eastern parts of Queensland, and New South Whales.

    COMMON NAMES
    Ocellated velvet gecko. Australian velvet gecko.

    DIET
    Diet consists of appropriate sized insects and invertebrates. In captivity crickets make up the main staple of the diet.

    CAPTIVE CARE AND HOUSING
    Adults or pairs can be kept in a 20" wide 10" deep 12" high terrarium. Substrate should consist of an even mix of sand and either soil or compressed coco fiber. No UV lighting is needed since this species is nocturnal but it will not hurt and can help to keep the animal in a routine along with a timer set for 12-14 hours of light. Heating should be supplied via either an under tank heater or an incandescent bulb usually a 15-25 watt bulb will suffice depending on the rooms ambient temp. The cage temp should be in the mid 80's with a hot spot in the mid 90's with a 10 degree temp drop during the night. Sterilized bark and logs will work great for cage furniture. Hatchlings and juveniles can be kept in a similar manner but scaled down, or can be housed in a simplistic setup with paper towels and paper towel tubes. Feeding should take place daily, appropriate sized food should be supplied and supplemented with a calcium based formula with D3. Water is supplied via misting once every other day, this species is a dry forest species so the terrarium should not constantly be moist.

    BREEDING
    Monilis will bury there eggs so a nesting site should be supplied, a nice sized butter tub with a hole cut in the lid and filled with soil works great. Females will retreat to the tub and will burrow and lay there eggs in the soil. Once eggs are found they should be placed in a deli cup with some sort of incubation medium. Incubation temps can very from 80-88 degrees. Eggs if incubated properly should hatch within 60-90 days.



    Brandon Parry 2006

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    Nice care sheets man..Seems like your putting alot of time into makeing these care sheets....very very nice.
    Jeff Bogdanoff

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    Thanks, Brandon.

    I just had the opportunity to pick up 3 juvies locally and your care sheet really helped out.
    - Joe Farah

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    Do you cool them? Joe H

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