Helmeted Geckos (Tarentola chazaliae) are a relatively small but ‘chunky’ species of gecko native to the west coast of Africa from Morocco to Senegal. During the heat of the day they will often rest under rocks or bits of debris to avoid the high temperatures of midday sun. Most active at night they were the first recoded vertebrate to be proven to have colour vision even at night. They are relatively hardy individuals and should be kept similar to viper geckos with a rocky sandy style enclosure; one point of note is that when this species is most active (at night) there is considerably higher humidity so they should be lightly misted every evening. Through experience we have found that they will also actively bask under UV lights during the day so the requirement of UV light for this supposedly ‘nocturnal’ species must not be underestimated.
This species is appropriate as a beginner species due to their ease of care but due to their increasing rarity they should definitely be on peoples list of species to captive breed.
|Latin Name||Tarentola chazaliae|
|ADULT SIZE||3.5-4in (9-10cm)|
|Temperature Requirements||28-30C (daytime up to 35C hot spot)|
|ADULT ENCLOSURE SIZE||24 x 18 x 18in|