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    I promised that I would make a presentation about my 4 F1 CB Gekko vittatus babies that I acquired from Hamm this June, once they matured and settled into a permanent terrarium, so here we go!

    A few months and many insect feeders later it turned out I had 2.2 (both clutchmates where of the same gender), so I sold the surplus pair. The females were both skittish but the bigger one was a demon. The rest 2.1 were the same size so I kept the male that was less shy with the smaller female.

    When they are younger they seem to be a bit bolder but as they age they turn very skittish and will run into hiding if they detect your presence, sometimes with some little squeaks.
    Definitely not a species for handling unless you are prepared to chase after them in the whole room, but I suppose there are faster species.
    I never needed to get a hold onto them so since they've never felt a grip, they never even tried to bite me. That's positive for someone who instictively freaks out with no reason in case of a bite like me.

    My male is bolder and seems to be more in the open, even during the day sometimes, right above where the female is hiding. Looks like he's protecting her somehow.

    When they are fired up they turn from an ugly brown to a stunning bright yellow phase which combined with the white line is spectacular.

    They seem to prefer flat and smooth surfaces so you will see them a lot on the glass, unless you have flat and smooth wood pieces for them to walk onto. They also prefer vertical hides.

    Crickets and roaches seem to be more appropriate as their staple diet, but they can also be given some fruits occasionaly (no citrus fruits for precaution reasons of course).

    One of the cheapest and hardiest gecko species that is definitely underrated. Enjoy!

























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    cool, thanks for the update!
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    WOW, Nick, I love your post!

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    WOW, Nick, I love your post!

    I figured you would, but I'm not quite done with the pics yet.

    And I also have two Blaesodactylus boivini to present as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicKtheGreeK1997 View Post
    I figured you would, but I'm not quite done with the pics yet.

    And I also have two Blaesodactylus boivini to present as well
    Sometimes it's just so hard to keep secrets!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    And this was my demon female, I made the mistake of trying to handle her when I cleaned up her plastic tub but then proceeded to chase after her in the whole room







    Even her other female clutchmate was at the size of the other two males but she was significantly larger, you can see the size difference from when I pack the surplus pair to ship it.

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    A few pics from their 45x45x60 exo terra enclosure. Two main wood pieces are from cut palm tree I think and its fibers help maintain humidity but without proper ventilation it can lead to mold growth.

    I soaked them in water and then stored them in the freezer for a day to eliminate any bugs that may have dwelled in them, since I noticed some red mites crawling on them.

    Once they were established, I noticed grain mites around the insect bowl, the base of the palm tree wood pieces and on the geckos' droppings, taking advantage of the high humidity and the food abundance.

    I then started a more thorough cleaning routine, removing and cleaning the bowl regularly, picking up any droppings and trying to create a better humidity cycle.

    As I did this and the temperature started to drop (it was start of autumn, of course I use heating pads but it's not the same as having an enclosure with about 30 degrees Celcius all day round), the mites gave way to springtails, that I think are a bit more welcome :P



    My not so skittish male did the honors



    I plugged 2 dried bamboo sticks in case they wanted to lie on something smooth and horizontal but they never use them



    The branches I used for leaf foliage were cut from a tree, of course they withered within a matter of days but since there has been no apparent rot on them for the many weeks that I've had them, I believe it is safe to keep them until I buy some plastic plants, which I plan on doing soon.

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    And a little sexing lesson. The first time trying to sex Gekko vittatus can be a bit hard because the females tend to have a small V pore area that could resemble that of a male's pores.

    However as they age to juveniles, it becomes more clear in males and you can easilly tell the difference between the two genders.

    Here is a female with "pseudopores", that appear to be rounder and much less obvious than in males.



    And here is a male at the same age, the pores look way darker and rougher and cover a wider area. It also appears that they have two tiny white bumps at the base of their buldge that the females lack.



    And of course as they age the pores become more obvious and shaped.



    So there is my presentation, I hoped you liked it. I believe this is a beautiful, hardy and overlooked species that deserves more attention in the hobby.

    It's a shame that there are still WC imports while they are the cheapest gecko species in the hobby and they reproduce easily and like crazy.
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    WOW, Nick! What can I say: !!! Honestly!

    You've created a guide that will be appealing to newbies and advanced keepers alike! I'm sorry I did not see your continuing posts before now.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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