Pictus Gecko Guide
 
 
 Scientific Name:

 
  Paroedura Pictus
 
 Other Names:

 Panther Gecko

 Ocelot gecko

 Madagascar Ground Gecko

 Painted Ground Gecko

 Malagasy Fat-Tailed Gecko

 

 Big Head Gecko

 
 Origin:

 
 Madagascar and its surrounding islands
 
 Native Habitat:

 
 They are mainly found in the leaves on the ground of the forest
 
 Appearance:

 

 Small geckos with large head, a slender body and big eyes

 They usually have a brown body with a mixture of gold tint and white markings across their head, back and tail

 Some of them have a white stripe running down the back from the top of the head to the tip of the tail
 
 Size:

 

 Hatchlings are about 2 to 3 inches in length

 Adults are usually between 4 to 6 inches in length
 
 Life Span:

3

 4-10 years with proper care

 Males live longer than females 

 
 Behavior:

 

 Nocturnal, terrestrial (ground dwelling) species

 They shelters in cool caves during the day and active at night
                                
 Social Structure:

 Males fight with each other, but doing well with one or more females

 Sexing:

 

 Sexing can be done as early as 2 to 3 months of age

 Males have very predominant bulges at the base of their tail and are generally longer and  bulkier than females

 Sexual maturity for this species is reached at 7 months

 
 Terrarium Type:

 

 These Geckos have the ability to climb up an aquarium wall, therefore a secure lid is necessary to prevent the escapes

 Pictus gecko can get stressed out if they don't feel secure in their surroundings

 By offering several hides placed throughout the enclosure, you can help them feel secure

 Low lying climbing material is a great exercise area too

 Since the Pictus Gecko is terrestrial and could fall, these items should not be high, making a fall dangerous

 

 
 Terrarium Size:
  

 10 gallon tank could house 1-3 geckos

 5 gallon tank is good for the young gecko
 
 Heating:
 

 The temperature should range from 70 degrees F to 85 degrees F from end to end

 The best way is to use an undertank heating pad on one side of the terrarium

 Heat rocks shouldn't be used as they can cause severe abdominal burns when the rocks get too hot

 Lighting:

 Pictus Geckos are nocturnal and do not require any special UV lighting

 Humidity:

 

 Humidity levels should be maintained around 40% - 60%, which can be achieved by misting the terrarium every couple of days

 
 Substrate:
  

 Paper towels, Reptile carpet  

 Any loose substrates that Pictus Gecko can ingest (as sand and fish tank gravel) are not recommended,  they can be extremely harmful to a gecko's digestive system
 
 Food:
 

 Pictus Geckos are insectivores: they feed on insects and worms

 The best diet includes live crickets, mealworms and small silkworms

 All insects food should be "gut loaded" (with sliced potatoes, grapes, apples, carrots, bananas, etc.) for at  least 24 hours before feeding them to the gecko

 It's also important to dust the feeders with calcium

 Do not to feed Pictus Gecko an insect that is larger than the width between their eyes to prevent choking

 Hatchlings and Juveniles should be fed daily

 Adult geckos should be fed every other day 

 

 
 Water:

 
 Fresh water must be available all the time
 A water dish should be shallow and stable

 
 Supplements:
 
 Vitamins and Calcium supplements are mandatory to ensure Pictus Gecko health
 Dust crickets and mealworms before feeding in a calcium powder and put a dish with the calcium   powder into the terrarium
 
Pictus Gecko cool facts:

  • These geckos are known for their interesting personalities       

Juveniles can be very jumpy because they consider you as a predator
After gentle handling a couple minutes a day, they can be taught to stay calm around you and can be held for hours
Pictus Geckos also become quite docile as they get older
  •  They are hardy geckos what makes them good for beginner
  • Their endless pattern possibilities will amaze you

Pictus Geckos are born with stripes on their backs, but the stripes slowly turn to spots with each time they shed their skin

  •  Pictus Gecko will eat its shed skin