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    After admiring Sphaerodactylus from afar I finally took the plunge and got 0.2 juvenile S. macrolepis. I set up an exo-terra 12x12x12 by building up the small spaces between the sidewalls and the front doors with clear tape:


    When the geckos arrived, one had already squeezed out of the deli cup through the punched holes and was at the bottom of the box. I didn't see either of them for the first few days and was convinced that they had both somehow escaped. Finally I started to see one, and as of the other day I can see both on occasion. One is definitely more daring than the other. I've seeded the enclosure with springtails and isopods and decided that rather than trying to put 4-6 tiny crickets in there every other day, I'll just put 2 dozen in every week (there's a small dish of cricket gut load behind one of the cork bark pieces.
    Tonight I finally got a picture of the braver one (who looks as if she's grown just in the past week). Look carefully, she's on top of the cork bark at the left:



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    Nice job, Aliza!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    I'm going to take the plunge with either mourning geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris) or phelsuma Klemmeri or sphaerodactylus elegans. I can't decide!
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    I've learned a lot about S. macrolepis, unfortunately not in a good way. The two juveniles I got that are pictured above disappeared mysteriously from the enclosure after a few months. No, they didn't get out. The only thing I can figure out is that some large crickets in the enclosure ate them! Since there's so much cork bark in the enclosure, the crickets were growing up and hiding in the cork bark so I never saw them. I did put some gut load in there for the crickets, but the geckos must have been much more appetizing. In July, I got another juvenile and have been very rigorous about putting only a few tiny crickets in there and searching frequently for larger crickets that are still in the enclosure. This one is doing well and growing. I'd like to get more and set up a smaller 8x8x12 nano as a quarantine for a new one. However, a few months ago, someone found a brown anole in some grasses she had bought, so the anole is now occupying that enclosure. I really love these tiny geckos, though and hope to get more some time.

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    Ya I think I'll go the fruit fly route lol. I should be getting a pair of mournings when I buy the 12x12x18 enclosure. I'll doing a custom background and stay away from Godzilla crickets lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrestedRick View Post
    Ya I think I'll go the fruit fly route lol. I should be getting a pair of mournings when I buy the 12x12x18 enclosure. I'll doing a custom background and stay away from Godzilla crickets lol
    You could start out these little guys on Pangea's Complete with Inscts diet.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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

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