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Breeding & keeping info
Uroplatus pietscmanni - keeping & breeding at BION Terrarium Center
by Anna Ivanuna & Lilja Krivosheeva
The bark leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus pietschmanni) is described by Böhle & Schönecker in 2004 only!
This unusual looking and attractive geckos inhabits very limited area (few forests only) in Fierenana, East Madagascar. They lives in primary forests.
For today U.pietschmanni is breed in limited numbers in captivity but still is in high demand on reptile’s market.
We keep Uroplatus pietschmanni in BION Terrarium Center since 2010 and start to breed them in 2012.
We imported 34 specimens direct from Madagascar in the end of 2010.
For October 2014, we have 11 adult males, 11 adult females and 2 c.b. babies as our current breeding stock.
The details of keeping
Terrarium: For adults – 70х50х50 cm. Substrate: medium size bark. For babies – 30х30х30 cm.
Substrate: small size bark.
Decoration:medium size vertical and horizontal branches, lianas, pieces of bark for climbing; hollows and hiding places, live plants.
Lighting : full spectrum Zoo Med lamp “Reptisun UV.5”; up to 10 hours during breeding season and 6-8 hours at the rest of time.
Heating: 40 watt spot lamp.
Temperature: day - 22-26°C (basking place - maximum 29°C), night - 16-20°C.
Humidity: 60-80% - both for babies and adults.
Diet: For adults: Turkestan roaches (Blatta lateralis), butterflies of Pyralidae family, crickets. The size of insects should be not less than 1.5 cm. Food is provided 1-2 times per week by 1-2 insects per head. If the certain animal has a tendency to obesity feeding should be limited.
For babies: Turkestan roaches (Blatta lateralis), butterflies of Pyralidae family, crickets. The size of insects should be not less than 0.7 cm. Food is provided 2-3 times per week by 3 insects per head.
Mineral supplements: Every other feeding we sprinkle insects with calcium and vitamins. We use Zoo Med “Reptivit with D3” and “Reptivit without D3”, Reptical.
Also we give “Mineral All”from Repashi one time per week.
Males and females reach their sexual maturity around 18 months.
We keep adult lizards in pairs (1:1).
One female makes 3-5 clutches per season.
The clutch consists of 1-2 eggs.
In average 1 female gives up to 6 fertile eggs per season.
- In 2012 we just got first clutches from wild female (9 eggs total)
- In 2013 we got 19 babies from 24 eggs total.
$1- In 2014 we got 40 eggs total (31 fertile + 9 unfertile). For the moment 11 babies are hatched. Other eggs are still in the incubator.
The size of new born lisards are about 5-6 cm, including tail. According to our observations, if a baby is born smaller, it usually doesn’t survive.
Healthy babies grow quickly adding by 1cm to their size each month. Size of terrarium should be changed properly in time.
Sometimes you could have a problems with shedding due to low humidity or lack of vitamin A in lisard’s diet. You need to increase the overall humidity in the terrarium. Also we use vitamin product “Chiktonik” 2-5 times every 2-3 days until improvement. Concentration of the solution: 1 part of vitamin for 100 parts of water.
- Frank Glaw - Miguel Vences. 2007: Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag GbR 3rd Edition. 496 pp. Germany
- Sacha Svatek and Susanna van Duin. 2001. Leaf-tailed geckos – the Genus Uroplatus. Brahmer-Verlag, 161 p. Germany