Pachydactylus tigrinus

Brandon Parry

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Pachydactylus tigrinus


Small species with a flattened body covered with random black and white spot markings on the head, body and limbs. Pattern and color varies by locale. Body is a gray brownish color with the tail color being a purplish brown. Has a snout to vent length of roughly 2 inches. Females tend to be slightly larger than males.

Rock living species, finds shelter in granite and sandstone outcroppings. Mainly found in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique.

African tiger gecko, Thick toed tiger gecko

Diet mainly consists of various insects and invertebrates. In captivity crickets make up the main source of diet.

Adults or pairs can be housed in a 5 gallon terrarium, this species is arboreal and can climb glass but is mainly found on the floor wedged into crevices. Sand is used as a substrate and slate, granite, or any other flat type of rock will work well. Cage furniture should be arranged so the species can seek shelter and feel secure. Stacking slate works well just be sure to stack them securely to prevent the animal from possible getting crushed. The terrarium should be heated via an under tank heater or an incandescent bulb, ambient air temp should be in the high 80's with a hot spot nearing the 100's. Feeding should take place nightly and water can be supplied via misting roughly twice a week. This species lives on a savannah desert so they should be kept dry, arid and warm.

Tigrinus are very prolific and will breed with out much effort, cooling will undoubtedly help in breeding but is not 100% necessary. Eggs are buried into the sand, once they are found place them in a deli cup filled with sand and incubate them at 80-90 degrees. Higher temps should generate a greater male ratio. If incubated correctly eggs should hatch in roughly 50-65 days. Hatchlings can be kept in a similar manner as adults

Brandon Parry 2006


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Two additions:
-males chirp if there is a felmale in his tank. Their voice is soft so not that easy to recognize.
-females has amphigonia retardata ability therefore if you remove male, females can lay eggs year around thus not recommended keeping male and female togehter at all.

Elizabeth Freer

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In my experience with Pachydactylus tigrinus incubation temps need to be in the upper 80s F in order to get male offspring!!!

Jurassic Playsand by the Sandman in Utah is an ideal substrate for them.


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Ok the care I was told is very different then what I just read here so I need to start over it seem... I have a carpet in their habitat can I use play sand I have that if I bake it or something its brand new and still in the bag... Are plants okay? or just rocks and again I have rocks in my draniage culvert can I use them if boiled anbd scrubed.. I have them in a small tall enclosure should I put them In a wide not tall? I really want to give them a good life They are new to me I Have had crested a month or so now. ANything you can add would be well recieved and I would be thankfull Oh and do they need calcium on their bugs ?