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Latin name: Stenodactylus sthenodactylus
We have multiple adult individuals available who are all about 3.5” in length and unsexed. Photos are representative of our general stock.
General Info: These unique geckos aren’t well known in the reptile hobby but are nonetheless, very interesting and beautiful pets. They are hardy, stay small and are very docile.
Habitat and lifestyle: They are native to the deserts dry grasslands and dry riverbeds of Northern Africa and the Middle East. Dwarf Sand Geckos are primarily nocturnal and live beneath rocks or in small burrows during the day to escape the hot temperatures of their habitat. They come out at night to hunt small insects.
Size and lifespan: As adults they reach lengths of 3.5”-4” nose to tail tip. Their lifespan in human care is not well studied but we believe they can live between 10-15 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
The use of two thermometers is ideal. One should be placed just off-center from the basking area on the floor of the tank and the other one should be placed furthest away from the basking area also on the floor of the tank.
Humidity: 30% Misting once daily is recommended to simulate desert morning dew.
Tank size: 10 gallons for babies/juveniles, 20 gallons for adults.
Tank type: Standard rectangle - allow for ample floor space.
Lighting and heating: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for housing this species in glass tanks. Dimmable heat bulb only for a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are always helpful.
This species is nocturnal so full spectrum UVB lighting is not required but is highly recommend for overall welfare and to establish a regular day/night cycle.
Substrate and furniture: Sand, screened pine or dry coconut fiber substrate 2"deep. Provide lots of hiding places. Provide a water dish as well.
Handling: Dwarf Sand Gecko tolerate gentle handling well if it’s infrequent enough. Too much handling will cause stress so try to limit sessions to no more than 10-20 minutes (1-2x per week at most)
When not to handle: When you first bring your gecko home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Diet and feeding: Offer live crickets/feeder roaches 2-3 times per week. Gage the number of insects your gecko will eat based on the number they leave behind. We recommend starting with an offer of 5 feeder insects and then adjusting from there. Fattier food items like worms can be offered 1x weekly for variety and as a treat!
Always remove uneaten feeder insects if they have not been consumed after a day.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*
Food size: The feeder insect should be able to fit width-wise between your gecko’s eyes.