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Flying Gecko (Uroplatus ebenaui)
Flying Geckos are small lizards with grey and brown mottled colorations that resemble tree bark. They have flaps of skin on each side of their bodies and webbed feet that allow them to glide from branch to branch. Their tails are flat and look like a dead leaf, giving them their name. They will grow up to 3-6 inches long from the tip of their snout to the end of their tail. Males have “V”-shaped pre-anal pores and a yellow anal region that are absent in females. These lizards can live 8-10 years if taken care of properly.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to Southeast Asia.
Adult geckos do well with most substrates, while juveniles should have newspaper, paper towel, or reptile carpet as a substrate. Be sure to put enough plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in and climb on.
Because they won’t be threatened in captivity as they are in the wild, it may be rare to see them actually glide. To improve the probability, set up a branch at a slight angle so that it stops about 6 inches from the top of the tank. Set up another branch on the opposite side of the tank and extending at a right angle at about half the height of the tank.
Two or three adult Flying Geckos can be kept in a 20-30 gallon tank. Keep only one male per tank, as they will fight. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 80-85º F during the day with a slight drop to 70-75º F at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. A small heat pad is recommended for basking.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended. Spray the tank with a mister every 2-3 days.
Flying Geckos will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.