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Western Banded Gecko - Coleonyx variegatus (Captive Bred)

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 Due to state laws, we cannot ship Western Banded Geckos to California, Arizona, Utah or Nevada.


Defining Characteristics:

  • Nocturnal
  • Small terrestrial gecko
  • Beautiful banding
  • Easy to keep and breed
  • Can be handled
  • Like a mini Leopard Gecko!


Name: Coleonyx variegatus. Its straightforward common name, the Western Banded Gecko, refers to its range in the western United States as well as its banded pattern.

Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: A lone individual can be kept in an 18x18x12 enclosure; pairs and trios can be kept together but will require more space. Males should never be housed together.

Sand works well as a substrate. A semi-arid bioactive setup is strongly recommended. Numerous hides should be provided; slate, cork flats, live oak bark, cholla wood, or even everyday items like overturned planter saucers work well. Low climbing materials like rocks, driftwood, cork bark, manzanita branches, and other rough surfaces can be added, but should be supported by the bottom of the enclosure instead of the substrate, as banded geckos are avid burrowers.

Temperature (°F) & Lighting: Keep Western Banded Geckos between 75-85 degrees. Provide a basking spot of around 90-95 degrees, maintained with a basking bulb. Temperature should be monitored with a digital thermometer, and the basking spot can be checked with an infrared thermometer or temperature gun. Night temperatures should not fall below 65 degrees.

UV lighting is strongly recommended. Not only will they synthesize D3 from ambient UVB radiation and incidental exposure, but they will also use the UVA wavelengths visible to all reptiles to properly inform basking behavior and circadian rhythm. UV lighting should be focused on their basking site and feature Ferguson zone 1 levels of UV radiation. Animals should also be provided opportunities to escape from UV exposure throughout the rest of their enclosure.

A great basic lighting combo for this species is Zoo Med's Mini Combo Deep Dome Lamp Fixture with a nano halogen heat lamp & UVB tropical compact fluorescent bulb.

If you'd like to use a more advanced lighting setup, we highly recommend the VivTech First Call SurSun LED UVA/UVB Bulb (3 watt) in lieu of the compact fluorescent bulb linked previously, and the addition of a Josh's Frogs Green Gro LED light fixture. Make your life easier by plugging your lights into the Zilla 24/7 Digital Timer Power Center!

Humidity: Keep Western Banded Geckos at 40-55% humidity. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer.

A humid hide is strongly recommended for this species. These banded geckos should be lightly misted daily or every other day to moisten a portion of the substrate and provide dew on enclosure walls and cage items from which they can drink, but enough ventilation should be provided to allow the enclosure to dry out after a few hours.

A shallow water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting. Don't forget the dechlorinator for your water!

Size: Western Banded Gecko hatchlings are around 1-1.5 inches. Adults will reach about 4-5 inches from head to tail. This species has a lean build.

At the time of sale, these geckos are about 2.5 inches long.

Age: Western Banded Geckos are at least 6 weeks old when sold by Josh’s Frogs, at which time they are well established. It is estimated that these geckos live for 10-15 years in captivity.

Feeding:Western Banded Geckos can handle feeder crickets within 1/4 and 1/2 inch, with juveniles favoring smaller prey items, and slowly favoring larger prey items as they age. Juveniles can also occasionally be offered extra small black soldier fly larvae, melanogaster fruit flies, bean beetles, and springtails.

Adults can also occasionally be offered black soldier fly larvae, waxworms, and small mealworms. All feeder insects should be gut loaded and dusted with vitamin/mineral supplements; we recommend Repashy Calcium Plus LoD when provided proper UV lighting, but if not, Repashy Calcium Plus should be provided to account for the lack of natural vitamin D3 generation.

Sexing: Adult male Western Banded Geckos exhibit a conspicuous bulge at the base of their tail, and will also have small spurs on either side of the base of their tail. They can be sexed at around 5-6 months of age, so due to young age at the time of sale, Western Banded Geckos sold by Josh’s Frogs are not sexed.

Color/Pattern: Western Banded Geckos have a yellow background with brown spots and stripes along their bodies.

Social Behavior: Males can be housed with one to two females. Males should never be housed together.

Breeding: A light brumation period in the winter or longer days in the summer will help incite breeding. Females lay pairs of eggs about once every 30-40 days. Eggs will often be laid in a humid hide if one is provided. Eggs should be carefully removed and incubated.

Natural Range: Western Banded Geckos occur in arid environments in the southwest United States.

History in the Hobby: Despite being an inexpensive great beginner desert gecko, captive bred Western Banded Geckos are not very common. We’re excited to make this banded gecko more popular and available!

Links of Interest:

  • Reptiles Magazine Care Article - Reptiles Magazine article on western banded geckos

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After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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