Leaf-Tail advice plz

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  1. natrix

    natrix Very Well-Known Member

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    I just did an impulse purchase at the Castle Hill expo today of a leaf-tailed gecko , It's the first herp I've bought with legs.
    I've got a bunch of enclosures etc around the place & have bought some crickets & meal worms ,
    so I have all i'll need I think.

    What temps should I run him at ?
    what about humidity ?
    how much & how often should I feed him ?
    anything else that I should know ?
    thanks :)
     
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    I'm assuming you purchased a Phyllurus platurus, if so, I wouldn't offer any heating considering your exactly where wild populations are.

    Deck the enclosure out with lots of branches etc for climbing.
     
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    Keep it cool, either don't heat it or offer a small heated area of 26 degrees. They prefer hiding in rock crevices so build a (stable) stack of either thin rocks or perhaps bricks. They'll happily squeeze into the tight gaps (quite often upside down).
     
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    Thanks guys , that's helpfull , cheers.
     
  5. MrBredli

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    It is P. platurus isn't it?
     
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    I think i saw the one you may have purchased, was it next to an eastern stone gecko?
    Could you post pics?
     
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    Daniel : not sure if it's the one you mean , I bought it from Jason --colourful critters.
    Mr Bredli : I haven't checked out the Latin name yet , but it's a southern leaf-tail gecko from this area(Syd) so I'm told.
    I got him all set-up now & he's taken a couple of crickets & meal worms.

    yep , it is P .Platurus
     
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    mine love hanging upside down and hanging around in rock crevises etc. humidity is best at high ( around 80%). feed them a few insects (i feed mine crix, sometimes roaches) every 2 -3 days. how big is your new one?
     
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    I never realised Sydney had such a high humidity percentage, would have thought it would have given the gecko respiratory problems?
     
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    it doesn't have such a high humidity..
     
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    Riley just stated that they require80% humidity. Phyllurus platurus are a Sydney endemic species thus saying Sydney has up to 80% humidity.
     
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    TWENTY B Very Well-Known Member

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    i understand that,

    but since sydney doesn't have that high a humidity level normaly, why would you kep a leaf-tail in such a humid environment.
    i'd expect it to be more like 50-60%
     
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    You Should Feed It Two Time's A Day.
     
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    Ehhh?????

    If it's an adult a once weekly feed during winter is fine (some don't feed at all during the winter period), in summer twice to three times weekly is fine.
     
  15. MrBredli

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    These geckos can often be found in very close proximity to waterfalls and cascades. There's no need to monitor the actual humidity levels but it's a good idea to give the cage a decent misting everyday or two as, like most geckos, they prefer to lick up droplets of water rather than drink from a bowl.
     
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