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Egyptian Sand Gecko (Stenodactylus petrii) Egyptian Sand Gecko (Stenodactylus petrii)

Equipment for keeping an  Egyptian Sand Gecko

 

Vivarium: PT-2600 The Exo Terra Glass Terrarium
 
Lighting: PT-2225 Compact Fluorescent Terrarium Canopy. PT-2187 Repto Glo 5.0 Compact NEW 26W
 
HeatingExo Terra Desert PT2030 Heat Mat. Habistat Temperature Thermostat. Thermometer.
 
Substrate: Desert Sand or Playpen Sand.
 
Décor: Rocks drift wood, Bark Cave-small
 

Calcium and vitamins: Exo-Terra Calcium +D3. Exo-Terra Multi Vitamin Powder.

Many reptiles require a diet based on live or fresh foods, due to their specific feeding habits. These are readily available, but in themselves do not offer a balanced supply of nutrients. To ensure your pet receives a properly balanced diet, it is important to increase the nutrient content of these foods with a nutrient supplement.


CARE

Egyptian Sand Gecko (Stenodactylus petrii)
Behavior: The sand gecko is a small, desert dwelling species reaching a total of just over 5 inches. It is a terrestrial gecko, meaning that it lacks the adhesive toe pads on their feet. Therefore, they cannot climb smooth surfaces, and prefers to stay close to the ground. This is where they do a lot of digging. They do not tunnel like some species, but instead make chambers under rocks and pieces of wood and bark. Stenos do vocalize, but not very often. Usually when they are mating or chirping to their partners.
Longevity: Stenos have a life expectancy of around 5 years. Most are imported, so likely to be older than you think they are. They are also likely to have parasites or other diseases and that will shorten their life if not looked after. There have not been any records of stenos and their life expectancies as far as I know, so 5 years is approximate and an educated guess.
The Sand Gecko for The Beginner: Although having more complicated needs than say a leopard or crested gecko, sand geckos are relatively easy to care for. For many reasons, the sand gecko is a good choice for moving up in experience. While an easy species to care for, you should definitely already have some experience with geckos. You must realize that these geckos do not like to be held, and spend most of their time hiding under cage décor. Parasites are often found on and in stenos and must be dealt with otherwise death may occur
Diet: Stenodactylus petrii are strictly insectivores in nature, eating appropriate sized crickets, and small mealworms. Smaller worms (phoenix and waxworms) can be fed, but not too often.
Supplying calcium is always important. You should dust all livefood with calcium except for once or twice a week. Once or twice a week use a vitamin supplement, with D3.
Water is not all too important. Spray the cage down every few days. This is the time to give them a gentle spray and let them lap up water off their bodies. These geckos come from the deserts of Egypt and Libya, so keep humidity down as low as possible although, as previously stated, a misting to keep them sand from caving in is a good idea.
They should be kept at 75°- 85°°F during day time and 65°- 75°F during night. They should be provided a basking spot with a basking heat lamp.
Males can be told apart from females by the presence of a hemipenal bulge and their more slender appearance.
 
John
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