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Marbled gecko
- Christinus marmoratus

Very nice asian gecko, with a splendid contrast of colors in its range of grays, black and white. It is an animal that like the rest of its genus lives on the walls.
Marbled gecko
Marbled gecko – own work, GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

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Distribution and habitat

The Marbled gecko it is quite common in some parts of Melbourne, but people rarely see it because it's nocturnal. You will most likely find them among driftwood in your garden, on your roof or even inside, behind a photo frame.

Description

The Marbled gecko is a small soft-bellied lizard, of up 150 length mm. Easily identified by large finger and toe pads, that extend to grip slippery or soft surfaces. Lacks mobile eyelids and uses the tongue to keep the eyes clean. It is insectivorous by nature., but eat anything small enough to fit in your mouth. In summer, females usually lay a clutch, containing two eggs at once.

Accommodation

The Marbled gecko is a very easy lizard to accommodate, since it is nocturnal and does not need heat or light. In cold areas, a heating pad or heat cord covering no more than 1/3 of the base during the colder months to keep them more active. Be sure to place them in a well-lit room if not using an overhead light so that a night/day simulation can be achieved. How is a small gecko, a small enclosure is suitable.

The minimum size would be a reptile terrarium of 45 cm.. The substrate should consist of a mixture of sand and clay, that makes it suitable for excavation. You have to place other pieces of rock or wood around the enclosure so that they have many places to hide. A small bowl of shallow water is recommended and it is also beneficial to spray the water regularly, as they are more likely to lick water from a piece of wood or rock than to drink from a bowl.

Food

The diet of the Marbled gecko consists mainly of small crickets and flies. When they are younger they should be fed every day and when they are adults every other day is fine. Wax worms and small silkworms may be offered when available. Crickets should be dusted with multivitamin and calcium powder weekly.

For sale Marbled gecko

The price of a Marbled gecko in the exotic animal market around the 20 EUR.

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