William's Blue Cave Gecko

William's Blue Cave Gecko
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In 1952, Arthur Loverage described a new gecko from a seldom-explored forest in Tanzania as being a "startling turquoise-blue." Known as Lygodactylus Williamsi, little more was heard about this dwarf day gecko until 2002, when the first pictures of the Electric Blue Day Gecko sparked public interest.
Endemic to Tazania's Kimboza and Ruvu Forest, this gecko is found in an isolated area that is smaller than 5 square miles and is located in a protected forest reserve. It prefers to live on the Pandanus tree, which has dense stalks and above ground roots. Because of this, when poachers came the geckos were easy to find.
Thousands were illegally removed and exported. By 2008 the gecko was in a critical position in the wild and Cities protected. In March 2012 this species was banned from export.
Description These diurnal gecko's vary in length from about 6-10 cm. Females are smaller than the males. Males are a vibrant blue with the underside from the neck to tail a bright orange. Males have a solid to striped black throat that can puff in display. Females have shimmering shades of olive, green and copper with blue overtones. Their stomach is a cream to a very pale orange colour. The females' throat is never completely solid black. Life span in captivity is believed to be 6-10 years.
Housing A single gecko, or a male/female pair can be kept in an exo-terra 45x45x30. They are very active lizards, and will use more space if they have it. Recommended substrate is a mix of coir soil, orchid bark or forest floor. You can also use coconut husk/fiber. Substrate should be about 3 inches deep as this helps retain humidity.
They appreciate natural sticks, branches, cork bark, vines and plastic plants to enable them to climb and explore. Multiple branches in vertical and semi-horizontal positions provide lots of places for activity. It is best not to use a background display in their enclosure to minimise risk of the gecko's getting trapped.
Temperature/Lighting These little gecko's are active day sun worshippers so need lots of light and UVB. An ambient temperature of 23-27C, and a basking spot of 31-34C is required for these lizards. A basking spot bulb and a compact UV bulb is the best way to provide the correct temperature. A drop of a few degrees at night can be beneficial. It is always best to maintain the temperature with use of a thermostat. A 5% UV bulb is sufficient. It is best to provide a day night cycle of 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
Humidity Coming from a tropical to subtropical climate, a humidity of around 80% is ideal for these geckos, but they will manage with humidity between 60 and 80%. This is best achieved by spraying the enclosure at least twice a day using a misting bottle. Give a good spray first thing in the morning and about 1-2 hours before the lights go off. Try not to spray the geckos direct as this will only startle them and you might end up with an escapee! Spraying will also provide droplets of water for your gecko to lick off the leaves and the sides of the tank and therefore a water dish is not needed and reduces the risk of a drowning threat due to their small size.
Feeding Electric blue day geckos are nectar eating insectivores. Due to the small size of these lizards, smaller insects such as fruit flies, small crickets, curly winged houseflies, small wax moths, springtails and woodlice are perfect. Feed geckos insects four to seven days a week. Make sure you feed enough to satisfy each gecko but not to the case that many insects remain in the enclosure, especially crickets. Crickets should be dusted with calcium and Nutrobal three times a week.
They also need an enriched diet of either pureed fruit, Repashy or Repashy Day Gecko complete diet every other day. Smaller insects such as fruit fly also feed off this so are ideally gut loaded. You can offer pureed mango, papaya, passion fruit, and add an active Manuka honey to the mix once a week. Nekton Tonic R is a well-balanced tonic and dietary supplement for nectar and fruit eating reptiles and is ideal to mix in with the pureed fruit. The fruit diets should be placed in a small low levelled dish and preferably placed in an elevated position within their enclosure so easy to reach. Day Gecko's very rarely spend much time on the ground.
Handling These beautiful gecko's are 'display gecko's. It is not recommended to handle these geckos due to their very small size and delicate skin which can easily tear. This being said, they can often become very bold and some will even take food from their keepers fingers. There are several anecdotal accounts of males that would even climb onto their keepers' hands to bask while the keeper worked in their cage! So with patience, you can eventually gain your geckos trust and they will learn that you are not a threat.