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07-03-2016, 04:39 PM #1
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Can anyone identify his species and/or give us any advice as to how to keep him alive?Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 LikesElizabeth Freer liked this post
07-03-2016, 05:09 PM #2
Looks like a common house gecko or possibly even a mourning gecko.
I would provide a small enclosure with lots of foliage for it to hide it. I'm sure it's overly stressed.
Use paper towels at the bottom of the enclosure to help keep the humidity up once you mist the enclosure.
I would go to your nearest pet store and purchase some VERY small crickets and some flightless fruit flies. Hopefully the little one will eat for you.
I hope one of the other members will pop on and help to verify species.
07-03-2016, 10:22 PM #3
It does look like a house gecko (not a mourning gecko) genus Hemidactylus. Do a google image and see if you can find a match.
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07-04-2016, 06:23 AM #4
Looks like H. mabouia to me.
07-04-2016, 09:26 AM #5
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Mist him well daily! He'll lick droplets from the sides of his cage.
It's the inside temps and humidity that's important. While he's small, I'd keep him on well moistened paper towels. Keep a sansevieria (snake plant) potted in a terra cotta pot inside his vivarium to help with the humidity.
When he's older, consider Eco Earth's coco fiber substrate.
Since he's a captive now, get some Repashy's Calcium Plus multivitamins or use a combo of Zoo Med's D3 Repti Calcium + Zoo Med's plain (no D3) Reptivite multivitamins to lightly dust some of his bugs once weekly.
Potting mix for sanseveria:
2/3 Wonder Worm Earth Worm Castings (pure form of humus)
1/3 Eco Earth coco fiber
I plant sansevieria in terra cotta pots or sometimes just plastic pots.
This potting mix did not work well for pothos.
Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-04-2016 at 09:45 AM."If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)Click:
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