Skip to content

Care Sheet: Gonatodes albogularis

The following is adapted from Zwerggeckos, gonatodes.wz.cz, and other sources.

Basic information:

  • TL: 3.54″ (90 mm)
  • POTZ: 75°F – 82°F (24°C – 28°C)
  • RH: 40% – 80%
  • Egg gluing: no
  • Frugivory: no
  • Flock breeding: no (male-male aggression is common)
  • Harem breeding: no (female-female aggression is likely)

Details:

Basic care for these small geckos is simple: they are diurnal, terrestrial (or semi-arboreal), and insectivorous. They are markedly sexually dichromatic: males are dorsally gray or slate blue with yellow or orange heads, females are tan mottled with brown and gray.

A tank of at least 10 gallons is recommended for a 1.1 group, and vertical orientation is preferable. Branches, cork bark, and plants should be arranged in a way that creates environmental heterogeneity: thermal and moisture gradients, hiding places, egg-laying sites, and feeding stations. They do not bask. While these geckos are good climbers, they also make extensive use of cover objects and will bury themselves. Provide substrate that facilitates this behavior, such as sandy loam or coco chips covered with leaf litter.

A 12-hour photoperiod is recommended. The tank should be misted regularly to maintain humidity, but allowed to dry partially in the interval. The geckos will drink the accumulated mist from the surface of cage furniture, and will also drink from dishes of water. Dehydration can quickly overcome very small geckos.

The recommended staple diet is small live foods such as fruit flies, crickets, or bean beetles. Wax moth larvae, terrestrial isopods, firebrats, and springtails are also suitable. Offer food at least twice per week, and dust all live foods with vitamin and mineral supplements. The geckos will also take powdered calcium carbonate from a small dish.

Clutch size is one egg, which the female may bury or hide in a crevice. Eggs can be removed for incubation on damp vermiculite or similar media. The eggs should be kept humid but protected from contact with water (for instance by elevating them above the incubation media with a plastic mesh). Incubation takes 60 to 120 days. Hatchlings may be raised in small groups but must be separated before sexual maturity, which is reached in approximately one year.