African fat-tailed gecko

African fat-tailed gecko

African fat-tailed gecko, Fat-tail gecko

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Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Hemitheconyx caudicinctus
Weight
40-90 g
Length
10-30 cm

The African fat-tailed gecko or fat-tail gecko (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus ) is a ground-dwelling species of gecko from West Africa and Cameroon.

No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

In

Insectivores

Ve

Vermivorous

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

Po

Polygynandry

Po

Polygamy

No

Not a migrant

A

starts with

Appearance

The African fat-tailed gecko is from the subfamily Eublepharinae. This subfamily has clearly different characteristics from other geckos. They are terrestrial, and have moveable eyelids, vertical pupils, and no adhesive lamellae.

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The African fat-tailed gecko is typically around 7–9 inches (18–23 cm), with females being slightly smaller than males. Normal coloring is brown and tan/beige stripes, with a possible thin white stripe along the length of the back. The underbelly is pale pink or off-white.

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Distribution

Geography

The African fat-tailed gecko is found in West Africa, from Senegal to Nigeria, extending marginally to Central Africa (northern Cameroon). Within their range, these geckos are found in the dry Sahel habitat, as well as in wet or dry savannah habitat. African fat-tailed geckos will spend most of their time in a dark, humid hiding place.

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African Fat-tailed geckos have been seen to vary in physical attributes based on their habitat even within specific regions of Africa from size, scale pattern, to color. This allows for them to be able to fend off predators and be successful at repopulating.

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Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

The African fat-tailed gecko is equipped with the ability to lose its tail when threatened or attacked. If the tail is lost, the new tail will have a more rounded shape, similar to the head. It may not match the body coloration and pattern of the gecko. The tail is also where they store their fat, an important energy reserve. With its tail, an African fat tailed gecko can go days on end without food.

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African fat-tailed geckos are reportedly strictly nocturnal, taking shelter from their generally hot and dry environment during the day and emerging at night to forage. They have been found during the day hiding under a variety of cover and will retreat to burrows or hide under rocks or fallen logs.

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Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

African fat-tailed geckos have a primarily insectivorous diet.

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
40 to 70 days
BABY CARRYING
1 to 3

Domestication

In the pet trade the African fat-tailed gecko has gained some popularity though is still not as popular as the closely-related leopard gecko. With good care, African fat-tailed geckos generally live 15-20 years, although longer may be possible.

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Through selective breeding the reptile trade has been able to produce numerous color variants of the African fat-tailed gecko including tangerine, albino, patternless, black out, and aberrant.

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References

1. African fat-tailed gecko Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_fat-tailed_gecko
2. African fat-tailed gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/203830/2771717

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