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Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)
Mossy Leaftail Geckos are blotchy green, grey, and brown in color, making them resemble a rock covered with moss or lichens. Their tails are flat and look like a dead leaf, giving them their name. They will grow up to 6-8 inches long from the tip of their snout to the end of their tail. These lizards can live 8-10 years if taken care of properly.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to Madagascar.
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 of their small size, 2 adult Mossy Leaf-tailed 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 75-80º F during the day with a slight drop to 68-72º 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.
Mossy Leaf-tailed 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.