White Spotted Wall Gecko – The Ultimate Guide


White Spotted Wall Gecko

Do you own a White-spotted gecko but are unsure how to handle it? If that’s the case, this is the article for you! On this page, we will teach you how to care for these animals and help them live their lives to the fullest! Here, you will also learn how to reproduce and set up their tank.

Origin 

White-spotted wall geckos are reptiles native to Northern Africa. Its scientific name is Tarentola annularis and is also known as ringed wall gecko in its locality. 

This animal is particularly located in Saharan and sub-Saharan areas of Africa. Today, they are well-distributed in other parts of the world, including Miami Florida. In Florida, they primarily dwell on buildings and walls of human habitation. 

During ancient times, this animal was considered harmful. In fact, most natives in Sudan tend to kill them whenever they come across their way. This untoward incident is not only practiced by the ancient and native people, even modern being tended to kill these animals, thinking they animals are poisonous.

The real danger with regard to these animals is the tendency of increasing population which may cause an imbalance in the ecosystem. They are large animals and is the potential to cause harm to some species of small lizards and frogs. They also pose threat if they will continue to invade human habitations.

Identifying Traits 

White-spotted wall geckos have rugged tubercular scales running over its back. Its back has a gray-to-tan hue with unique white spots around the shoulder. It also seems to be wearing armor. The underbelly of these geckos is white with slight protruding scales. The toepad of this lizard is undivided. They also have large eyes which have similar coloration as their body covering.

This animal is quite combative or aggressive in nature. They have the tendency to bite whenever they are grabbed or handled. They can also scream or produce sounds if they feel threatened. Hence, extra care must be observed in handling them. 

Habitation

This animal needs a warm and humid environment to live. Hence, they should be kept in an enclosure that is capable of maintaining the right kind of temperature and humidity. 

A glass terrarium is great for retaining the moisture inside the tank. It is also great for conducting coolness and allowing warmth to escape from the enclosure. A wooden vivarium may also be utilized in housing this gecko since it’s also good for maintaining the suitability of the tanks. 

To make sure that they are properly ventilated, place a mesh covering or holes in the tank. This will let the extra water to evaporate and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi-causing infection. Providing ventilation also prevents the growth of mold.

The recommended size of the tank is 450mm in length and 600 mm in height. The enclosure has to be big enough since this type of gecko grows big, reaching the size of 7 to 8 inches in adulthood. They are also arboreal animals and they need a tall enclosure to climb on branches.

Substrate

Peat moss or coco fiber is usually utilized as a substrate for this type of gecko since this type of material allows the retention of water and increases the environment’s humidity. Moss is also loose material suitable for your pets. 

In choosing the substrate, make sure that it is free from chemicals and other harmful elements. This should also be replaced every 3-4 months with new substrates to prevent their environment from getting unhygienic.

Humidity and Temperature

White-spotted geckos should be given at least 40% to 50 % humidity. This is just a moderate requirement since their nature doesn’t demand too much of it. However, humidity is still needed for proper shedding and hydration. If you notice that the tank is getting dry, you can mist it at least once a day until you create drippings on the decorations.

The temperature on the tank needs to be within 75 degrees Fahrenheit as they need consistent air temperature within this level. You can do this by placing a heat mat on the warm area of the enclosure. The heat mat is regulated by using a thermostat. 

Remember to place the heat mat away from the cooler area so that the enclosure can provide a temperature gradient necessary in regulating the body. As an alternative to a heat mat, you may also resort to a basking bulb.

Light Requirement 

UV lighting can be utilized for their enclosure. Aside from increasing the temperature, it can also serve as a source of vitamin D3 which is significant in the production of calcium in the body. This may be used whenever your geckos are suffering from bone diseases and structural malformation.

The UV lighting can be attached to the ceiling of the enclosure or over the basking area. T5 tube can be maximized for 9 months but the lamps should be replaced every 6 months. Make sure that the light covers the entire enclosure. 

Decoration

Wooden ornaments, as well as live plants, can be placed as a decoration of the vivarium. This ornament will make their place more attractive and conducive. Natural wood or branches can be placed vertically so that they can climb and exercise their muscles. They are arboreal animals and they need climbing materials to observe their environment. 

Vining plants such as pothos can also be added to your tank. It can serve as an extra hiding place, especially for young geckos. Decoration with sharp edges must not be added to the enclosure as it may cause substantial injuries.

Diet and nutrition/Supplements 

White-spotted wall geckos are basically fed with insects such as brown or black crickets, mealworms, waxworms or calciworms. These insects contain a high amount of protein that is essential for the growth of their muscles and healthy shedding. The insects must also be dusted with vitamins and minerals enriched with calcium to compensate for the lacking nutrients on the insects.

Breeding     

Males usually have bigger heads and hemipenal bulge at the base of their tails. Their tails are also wider compared to their female counterparts. For more accurate sexing, wait until your geckos reached maturity. 

This species reaches adulthood within 18 months or 1 and a half years from birth. They basically start reproducing during spring when the temperature gradually arises. Healthy adults produce healthy eggs. Hence, they must be fed properly to prepare their body for reproduction.

If mating was successful, the female gecko will start to lay pair of eggs in an average of 3 to 4 clutches. These eggs are usually buried on the substrate to protect them from possible harm. After an incubation period of at least six to eight weeks, expect the hatchlings to arrive.            

Final Thoughts 

Extra attention must also be observed when you are handling this animal as they can be ready to attack or confront every time they feed provoked or threatened. They can also bite, so it would be better if you let them in their tank. 

White-spotted geckos are fun animals despite their aggressive behavior! They are as equally as important as other types of geckos because of their interesting traits. They are easy to care don’t require too much attention. 

They can also reach 10 to 20 years if they are cared for properly. Hence, they could serve as your closest friend for a very long period!

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