Pets & Animal Reptiles

Information About the Gecko - Henkel"s Leaf-Tailed Gecko

There are over 2000 different species of Geckos, inhabiting all sorts of regions from around the globe.
Geckos are small-medium sized lizards and are abundant in warm, humid countries.
Many Geckos fire an irritant liquid as a defense mechanism or, more notably, are able to "drop off" their tales.
The smallest of the species is the Dwarf Gecko (jaragua sphaero), measuring in at only 16mm.
It was discovered off the coast of the Dominican Republic, on a small island in 2001.
The largest of the species is believed to be the Kawekaweau or Delcourt's Gecko.
Measuring 600mm, this huge gecko is assumed to have gone extinct over 100 years ago, at the end of the 1800's.
The only specimen that still remains was a stuffed specimen 'found' in 1986 in the basement of the Marseille Museum.
It was discovered by Alain Delcourt, hence its name.
The Gekkonidae family is home to some strange species of geckos, such as the Kuhl's Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli), Henkel's Leaf-Tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus), and many more.
There are still many Gecko species/ sub-species yet to be found.
Some species of Geckos are excellent as a beginner's exotic/reptilian pet.
They do not need much space and do not eat much either.
All reptiles are at risk of developing a deadly disease known as Metabolic Bone Disease.
This applies to Geckos as well.
It is very common in, so make sure you provide at least 8 hours of UV light and supplement their diet regularly.
Some species can be harder to look after than others, but most are quite hardy and temperate, with care and looking after they should be fine.
Make sure their diet is supplemented, as it always should be, and that you have a good insurance provider in case anything goes wrong, as always.

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