Paroedura picta Geckos


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Size-When Pictus Geckos hatch they are 1-2 inches in length.They don't stop growing until they reach on average 8 months old.As they reach adulthood females are usually 6-7 inches,and males are usually 7-9 inches in length.
(NOTE: Every Pictus Gecko is its own size)

Life Span-Pictus Geckos on average live about 8 years.Of course there is always an exception. Some make it past 15 years and more.

Caging-Aquarium size would be 10 gallon for 1 although a (20 gallon long can house 1 male and 2 females)or(3 females) 20 gallon long would help with a temperature gradient. For bigger setups be aware sometimes they stray from proper heating. Should have 3 hides minimum. On the warm side 1 warm hide and 1 Humid hide,and 1 cool hide.

Lighting and Temperature- The best way to heat your Pictus Geckos setup would be to use an Under Tank Heater. The temperature at the hot side should be 86-92'F and the cool side less than 82'F. They don't require extra light and are more likely to be stressed under bright lights. The Under Tank Heater or Heat Tape should cover 1/3's of the setup. (For Viewing You Can Use A Red or A Moon Bulb)

Food- Live insects are a must! Crickets (Acheta domesticus) and meal worms (Tenebrio Molitor) are a good diet. The occasional wax worm is also acceptable. B. Dubia is healthier and more nutritional than the Brown Cricket. A good diet would be a mix of these and some more feeders. Also you want to gut-load your feeders 24 hours before feeding.

Water- A shallow water dish of fresh water should be provided daily


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everything else I've read has indicated lower temps for these guys. they say that the basking spot can be in the upper 80's, but the warm side shouldn't get above 85F and the cool side shouldn't drop below 75. like almost every other herp, it also sounds like UVB has modest long-term benefits and may be worthwhile to use in your light cycle. i plan to anyway for the plants in the viv.
i mention what i've read as more of a question as to which is correct, not as a criticism: i am getting a baby on tuesday and you have several years of experience. i just want the correct info. are these temps still working for you? the higher temps would actually be easier for me.
regardless of the species, i always question UTH. naturally, heat comes from above and nocturnal/crepuscular herps hide under things to avoid the heat and light. how can they do that when the heat is rising from the ground? it all just seems very unnatural to me. needless to say, i'm using a 40w CHE for my 10gal. if there's a good argument for using UTH, i'm open to change.

Riverside Reptiles

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Heat doesn't all come from above. Ambient temperatures count for a lot. Also, the heat from above heats items below which then retain and radiate that heat back. Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean that heat sources cease to exist.