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Name: Sphaerodactylus argus. Their common name, the ocellated gecko, refers to the eyelike spots along the body of adults. Argus is a reference to the Greek giant that was said to have a 100 eyes!
Recommended Enclosure Size: Adults should be kept alone or in pairs in a 8x8x12 glass enclosure or 12x12x12 enclosure. Because this species does not grow very large, upgrading adults to a larger enclosure is usually unnecessary. Coco fiber-based substrates or sand-soil substrates work well. A bioactive substrate can be made with BioBedding, springtails, and isopods. Keep substrate slightly moist. A layer of leaf litter should be added on top of the substrate. Hides should be provided; cork bark and similar items work well. Climbing materials like rocks, driftwood, cork bark, and manzanita branches can be provided. Live plants are also a welcome addition.
Temperature: Keep ocellated geckos between 75-80 F. A heat source is not necessary if stable temperatures are maintained. If a heat source is provided, use a low wattage heat pad or bulb to prevent overheating. Temperature should be monitored with a digital thermometer. Night temperatures should not fall below 65 F. UV light requirement debated; if used, provide plenty of shade in enclosure.
Humidity: Keep ocellated geckos drier, between 50-60% humidity. Plants can be added to provide humid microclimates. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer. Ocellated geckos should be lightly misted daily or every other day provide dew on enclosure walls and cage items from which they can drink, but enough ventilation should be provided to allow the enclosure to dry out after a few hours. A shallow water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting.
Size: Hatchlings measure around 1.1-1.2 inches. A medium-sized micro geckos, adults will reach around a 2.3-2.4 inches from head to tail.
Age: Ocellated geckos are at least 4 weeks old when sold by Josh’s Frogs. It is estimated that these geckos live for 10-20 years in captivity.
Feeding: Ocellated geckos sold by Josh’s Frogs are fed pinhead crickets and ⅛-inch crickets. These juveniles can also be occasionally offered extra small black soldier fly larvae, melanogaster fruit flies, and springtails. Adults should be fed a staple of ⅛-inch crickets, but can also be offered black soldier fly larvae, melanogaster and hydei fruit flies, dwarf white isopods, and bean beetles. All feeder insects should be gutloaded and dusted with vitamin/mineral supplements, and can be offered in a food dish.
Sexing: Male ocellated geckos have a more blurry patterning on their head.
Color/Pattern:Juveniles have a dark brown body. Bright lines run from their head towards their tail, fading as they reach a reddish tail. Adults are a lighter brown color and are covered in ocelli, or round eyelike markings, which sometimes form periodic lines near the head.
Social Behavior: This species is best kept alone or in a single pair.
Breeding: A light brumation period in the winter or longer days in the summer will help incite breeding. Females lay single eggs every 18-20 days in a secure area, and will often make use of strategically placed egg-laying tubes. Eggs hatch after about 100 days.
Natural Range: Ocellated geckos are found in drier areas in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas.
History in the Hobby: Despite being not too difficult to keep and breed, captive bred individuals are not often readily available. We’re excited to make this micro gecko more popular and available!
Links of Interest: Dwarf Geckos Care Sheet - An excellent resource on Sphaerodactylus argus from the Dwarf Geckos website.
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