Cork-bark leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus pietscmanni)
The Cork-bark leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus pietschmanni) was described by Böhle and Schönecker only in 2004!
These unusual looking and attractive geckos inhabit very limited areas (a few forests only) in Fierenana, East Madagascar. They live in primary forests.
For today, the Cork-bark leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus pietschmanni) is bred in captivity in limited numbers but still is in high demand on the reptile market.
At BION Terrarium Center, we have kept cork-bark leaf-tailed geckos since 2010 and started breeding them in 2012.
At the end of 2010, we imported 34 specimens directly from Madagascar.
As of October 2014, we had 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-sized bark. For babies – 30х30х30 cm.
Substrate: small-sized bark.
Decoration: medium-sized vertical and horizontal branches, lianas, pieces of bark for climbing; hollows and hiding places, live plants.
Lighting: a full spectrum Zoo Med lamp “Reptisun UV.5”; up to 10 hours during the breeding season and 6-8 hours the rest of the time.
Heating: a 40 watt spot lamp.
Temperature: 22-26°C daytime (basking place - maximum 29°C), 16-20°C at night.
Humidity: 60-80% - both for babies and adults.
Diet: For adults: Turkestan roaches (Blattalateralis), butterflies of the Pyralidae family, crickets. The size of insects should be not less than 1.5 cm. Food is provided 1-2 times a week, 1-2 insects per head. If a particular animal is prone to obesity, feeding should be limited.
For babies: Turkestan roaches (Blattalateralis), butterflies of the Pyralidae family, crickets. The size of insects should be not less than 0.7 cm. Food is provided 2-3 times a week, 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 a week.
Males and females reach their sexual maturity at the age of around 18 months.
We keep adult lizards in pairs (1:1).
One female makes 3-5 clutches per season.
A clutch consists of 1-2 eggs.
On average, 1 female gives up to 6 fertile eggs per season.
- In 2012, we just got the first clutches from a wild female (9 eggs in total)
- In 2013, we got 19 babies from 24 eggs in total.
- In 2014, we got 40 eggs in total (31 fertile + 9 unfertile).
The size of newborn lizards is about 5-6 cm, including the 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 every month. The terrarium size should be adjusted properly in time.
Sometimes you could have problems with shedding due to low humidity or a lack of vitamin A in the lizards diet. You need to increase the overall humidity in the terrarium. Also, we use a vitamin product “Chiktonik” 2-5 times every 2-3 days until improvement. Concentration of the solution: 1 part vitamin to 100 parts water.
- Frank Glaw - Miguel Vences. 2007: Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences&GlawVerlagGbR 3rd Edition. 496 pp. Germany
- Sacha Svatek and Susanna van Duin. 2001. Leaf-tailed geckos – the Genus Uroplatus. Brahmer-Verlag, 161 p. Germany