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03-05-2013, 02:24 PM #1
New African Fat Tail owner :)
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Yesterday I visited my local reptile store (Just to look around), And I ended up coming home
with an African Fat Tail Gecko
The night before I was on Youtube looking at aquarium videos (I have 2 tropical fish tanks) and through randomly clicking around I ended up looking at pet geckos lol. After that I got really curious about them because they seemed like such cool pets!
I degress, At the reptile store I was greeted with an extremely helpful employee (Owners son). Even though when walking in the store I claimed I was just there to look, he spilled so much information about the animals I was checking out.
It ended up coming down to a decision of owning an African Fat Tail Gecko or a Gargoyle Gecko. I was able to handle both in-store. The Gargoyle seemed to want to constantly keep moving (somtimes leaping) while the Fat Tail was pleased to just hang out on my arm.
I was impressed with the looks of both and it was a hard decision to make, But ultimately came home with the AFT. I think the temperament of the AFT is what sold me.
Details on his new home:
-10 gallon tank
-Nocturnal Lamp (opposite of water dish and hide)
-Cypress Mulch/Peat Moss mix compact bedding
The owner said he fed him the day of purchase and to return in a couple days for some crickets. (I also purchased Calcium to powder the crickets)
All in all i'm pretty excited about my new pet, I'm giving him several days to settle in his new place before I handle him even though it's tempting to handle him now It's probably a safe bet to see him eat in his new home first.
So what do you guys think, Would you have gone with a Gargoyle or AFT if you had to choose?
03-05-2013, 06:33 PM #2
I actually have one more questions if someone could help out,
The nocturnal lamp I have, has a 40W bulb.
The guy at the store told me this would be a sufficient heating source for the AFT.
Is this okay?
For now in southern california it is around 65 degrees, So i plan on leaving it on throughout the day on one side of the tank.
It is a purple light (not coated, but true purple glass)
Will this be good heating for the AFT or should i go buy the Under tank heater?
and just to specify, The lamp is resting on the mesh roof of the tank on the very left side.
03-05-2013, 09:57 PM #3Senior Member
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Welcome to GU and the world of geckos. I have both gargoyles and AFT's and like them both. If you want something more laid back, that was definitely the way to go.
You definitely need the UTH. AFT's, like leopard geckos, need belly heat to digest. You actually don't need a light at all since they're nocturnal. The only reason I have a light on my AFT cages is that they're planted cages and the light is for the plants. Post a picture; we'd love to see it. (Also, google "AFT care" and read leopard gecko care sheets which are similar except not needing as much humidity).
03-05-2013, 11:03 PM #4
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Here is a pic of the tank. He is actually inside the coconut shell on the right.
I added another hide on the left near the higher temp area. I also added a smooth rock to give him an area closer and raised toward the heat if he wants to bask.
I would take a pic of him but he's still in the "getting used to his environment" stage, will it harm any to take him out for a couple minutes?
He was actually walking around, but when I approached the tank he slowly walked back inside the coconut.
This is my 2nd day having him btw.