Equipment for keeping Williams´ Dwarf Gecko
Terrarium: A trio 1 male two Females PT2602 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium 30x30x45cm
Lighting for the PT-2602: Compact Terrarium Canopy PT2225+ Bulb PT-2186 Repto Glo 5.0 Compact NEW 13W
Heating: The bulbs when on should give enough heat. A heat mat a Royce 7x12” with a Habistat Mat Stat
Substrate: Orchid Bark
Décor: Vines, Plants PT-3040 – 3052. Branches well secured, Pool Bark Effect small
Vitamins: Exo Terra Ca+D3 and Exo Terra multi vitamin powder
Care Lygodactylus Williamsi (Williams´ Dwarf Gecko)
Common name: Williams´ Dwarf Gecko, Electric Blue Gecko
Size: 6- 10cm (2.5-4”)
Description: Males are bright blue with heavy black throat stripes, and visible preanal pores and hemipenal bulges. The females range from brown or bronze to bright green, and have little to no black on their throat. Females can easily be confused with juvenile or socially suppressed males that are also green, sometimes with a bluish cast. The underside of both sexes is orange. Colours of individuals vary according to mood and temperature—males may range from black or grey to brilliant electric blue. Females may range from dark brown to brilliant green with turquoise.
Like all Lygodactylus and Phelsuma genus geckos, this species is diurnal. L. williamsi are bold, active, social, and males are territorial. Social gestures include lateral flattening, puffing out of the throat patch, head shaking and head bobbing, and tail-wagging. In Captivity: These tiny lizards are generally housed in planted tropical vivariums/terrariums. Provided with UVB light, daytime temperatures of 85°F(29.4°C) with a 90°F(32.2°C) basking spot, and night-time lows of 70°F(21.1°C) to 75°F(23.9°C), they have proven to be fairly hardy. Humidity should range from 50% to 70%. Misting twice a day provides water for drinking, but these geckos have also been seen frequently drinking from small cups or from bromeliad bases. They will eat a wide variety of insects including fruit flies, mini-mealworms, phoenix worms, small silkworms, roach nymphs, and crickets up to 1/4" in size. Calcium supplementation of insects is vital. Supplemented fruit puree or a commercial MRP (meal replacement powder, which is prepared with water) made for crested geckos or day geckos are readily accepted. Food offerings must be limited to avoid obesity, and feeding 3 times per week is sufficient when using MRPs. Only one male should be housed per group, to avoid dangerous aggression. Multiple feeding stations will help to avoid excessive aggression between females. These geckos breed readily in captivity, These small geckos are remarkable for their virtually fearless nature, and quickly tame. Handling is not recommended for such small animals, but they can be lured onto their keeper´s hands with insect treats, and will remain active and behave naturally while being observed, once they are acclimated to captivity (often as quickly as one month after introduction to their vivarium). Feeding: fruit flies, small crickets (calcium & D3 dusted), phelsuma fruit & honey mixture (mixed fruit, fruit baby food, honey, vitamins)
Environment: Found in the Kimboza Forest in eastern Tanzania. This tropical forest habitat is rapidly shrinking due to deforestation.
A tall tropical terrarium with lots of branches and plants.
Temperature & humidity: 25-29°C/78-85°F and a dry, sunny place for basking. 50–80% RHV (misting provides drinking water)
UV lighting should be provided
Breeding: Males court females with lateral flattening, puffing out of the throat pouch, and head bobbing. Two to three weeks after copulation, the female lays a clutch of 2 pea-sized white, hard-shelled eggs which are glued to a surface in a secure, hidden location. The eggs are incubated between 78°F (25.6°C) and 86°F (30.0°C), at 60% humidity. No moisture should come in direct contact with eggs. The eggs hatch in 60 to 90 days.
No need for incubation, I have found it best to leave the eggs in the terrarium.
The parents are often not so protective of their young and eggs so cover them with deli cup or something similar.
Remove the young when hatched to another enclosure or they will become a snack for the parents.
Young animals need a lot of calcium and UV so provide them powdered fruit flies & pinhead crickets.
They reach sexual maturity at 7 months
Sexing: dominant males have a beautiful blue green colour (azure); females are green and look almost gold dusted.
Young males or suppressed males will also be greenish like the females so the best way to sex them is to check for hemipenes bulges and femoral pores.
Males often will have a darker beard as well.
Males are territorial, so keep them separated or keep them in a large enclosure with lots of hiding places to minimize encounters.
It´s important to check for mites with these species, so put them in quarantine for a while and threat them for mites if necessary before introducing them to their enclosure.