Distribution: Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ghana ?, Liberia ?, Guinea ?, Sierra Leone ?
Type locality: Senegal.
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Barcode data: Hemitheconyx caudicinctus
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African fat-tailed gecko
The African Fat-tailed gecko is from the subfamily Eublepharinae. Members of this subfamily include the leopard gecko of south Central Asia, India, and Pakistan. This subfamily has clearly different characteristics from other geckos. They are terrestrial, nocturnal, have moveable eyelids, have vertical pupils, and no adhesive lamellae (sticky feet).
The African Fat-tailed gecko is found in West Africa, from Senegal to Cameroon. Their habitat is dry and arid, although they will spend most of their time in a dark, humid hiding place. In captivity, it is important to provide these geckos with a source of humidity that mimics these conditions.
The African Fat-tailed gecko is typically 8-14 inches (20-35 cm), with females being slightly larger than males. They have a captive lifespan of 10-25 years. 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.
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.
African fat-tailed geckos as pets
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. Unlike the Leopard Gecko, these geckos tend to be more docile but do have a higher humidity requirement. 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 fat-tails.
- Richard D. Bartlett; Patricia Pope Bartlett (1995). Geckos: Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and Behavior. Barron's Educational Series. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8120-9082-6. Retrieved 30 January 2013.