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Name: Pachydactylus fasciatus. Its common name, the Thick-Toed Banded Gecko, refers to the bands across its body and its thick toe pads which allow it to climb surfaces, even smooth ones, well.
Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: A 12x12x18 glass enclosure will house a lone gecko, with pairs and trios requiring more space. Males are territorial and should not be housed together.
Hides should be provided; cork flats, live oak bark, slate, or even everyday items like overturned planter saucers work well. These active climbers will take full advantage of rocks, driftwood, manzanita branches, cork bark, and other climbing material. They may occasionally dig, so heavy items should be supported by the bottom of the enclosure and not by the substrate.
Temperature (°F) & Lighting: Keep Thick-Toed Banded Geckos at 75-85 degrees. Use an overhead basking bulb to provide a basking spot of 95 degrees. Mini halogen bulbs work well for small enclosures. Do not allow ambient temperatures to rise above 100 degrees. Temperature should be monitored with a digital thermometer, and hot spot can be checked with an infrared thermometer or temperature gun. Night temperatures can drop to 68 F.
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.
Humidity: Keep Thick-Toed Banded Geckos at 40-50% humidity. They should not experience prolonged humidity levels above 55% A humid hide is recommended, which this species will use for shedding, laying eggs, and hydrating. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer.
Thick-Toed Banded Geckos should be misted once or twice a week to 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 within a few hours. A shallow water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting.
Size: Thick-Toed Banded Geckos are at least an inch long when sold by Josh’s Frogs. Adults reach around 3.5 to 4 inches.
Age: Thick-Toed Banded Geckos sold by Josh’s Frogs are at least 6 weeks old. This species can live up to 10-15 years in captivity.
Feeding: Thick-Toed Banded Geckos can handle feeder crickets ranging from 1/4 - 1/2 inch, favoring smaller prey items as juveniles, and slowly favoring larger prey items with age. Smaller feeder insects such as black soldier fly larvae and bean beetles make good treats. Small mealworms can also be occasionally offered to full grown adults.
All feeder insects should be gutloaded and dusted with vitamin/mineral supplements. We recommend Repashy Calcium Plus LoD if provided proper UV lighting, but if not, Repashy Calcium Plus should be used to account for the lack of natural vitamin D3 generation.
Sexing: Male Thick-Toed Banded Geckos have a hemipenal bulge at the base of the tail. Because of the lack of any distinguishable features at their young age, individuals sold by Josh’s Frogs are not sexed.
Color/Pattern: Thick-Toed Banded Geckos have a beige or light brown—sometimes almost purple—background with brown, orange, or yellow stripes. Their entire body is punctuated with tubercles, giving them a characteristically bumpy look.
Social Behavior: Male Thick-Toed Banded Geckos are territorial and extremely aggressive towards other males in the same enclosure. While a Thick-Toed Banded Gecko can be housed with multiple females, males should never be housed together.
Breeding: A brumation period in the winter or longer days in the summer will help incite breeding. Females will lay pairs of eggs in the substrate (or a humid hide, if one is provided) every 3-4 weeks. Eggs hatch within 50-70 days.
Natural Range: Thick-Toed Banded Geckos live in the harsh Namibian desert, which contributes to their hardiness in captivity. By day, they hide in rock crevices, emerging at night to mate and to hunt for insects along rock faces.
History in the Hobby: Captive-bred Thick-Toed Banded Geckos are available but not common in the hobby. Their simple care and hardy nature makes them a great beginner pet for those looking for a climbing desert species.
Still not sure if a Thick-Toed Banded Gecko from Josh's Frogs is the right pet for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!
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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My thick-toed banded gecko arrived in perfect condition! He/she (still not sexable) came about 2.5 inches long a little over a month ago and is now around 3.5 inches long and put on a good amount of body mass! I placed him in a bioactive 10 gallon enclosure with a rock formation to hide in and branches to climb. I've been feeding good helpings of hydei fruit flies (they're really easy to culture) every night and at this growth rate, I'll be introducing x-small Dubias soon as well. Thank you so much Josh's Frogs!
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