Mourning gecko

Characteristics

Mourning gecko (lepidodactylus lugubris) is one of the smaller crepuscular (active during twilight) species of gecko. They can be found around coastlines in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
The interesting thing about these lizards is – they’re all female! They are parthenogenetic (which means they can reproduce without a male) and live in groups with a loose hierarchy. Females of one group usually lay their sticky eggs in one certain spot (a crevice between rocks, under tree bark, in a hollow trunk or branch).
They lack eyelids, instead they have a translucent scale covering their eyes which they clean and wet with their tongues.


Care

Room temperature around 22°C and higher humidity are perfect for them. Adults reach length of 11 centimeters (half of which is the tail) and are commonly found hiding in rock crevices, tree branches, bark, leaf litter and other enclosed spaces, where they feel safe.
Their diet consists of tiny insects (mealworms, baby crickets and roaches, small spiders, fruit flies) and instant gecko diets (Repashy, Pangea, Arcadia). Finely mixed fruit may be offered as a treat in small amounts (once or twice a month). Live food should be dusted in calcium and vitamins. They readily drink water from daily misting (misting also helps with keeping the humidity).
These geckos do not require UVB.



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