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Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli)

Name:Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli)Ptychozoon kuhli
Genus:Ptychozoon
Category:Lizards - Geckos
Origin:Malayan Peninsula to Indonesia
Lifespan:3 years
Average Size: 6" - 8"
Description:The flying gecko is a small and attractive gecko which got its name from its adaptation of jumping or gliding from tree to tree which it does by using skin flaps along the flanks of the gecko and webbed feet which create wind resistance that stops the geckos from falling and glides, this way of moving as been described as flying, gliding, and even falling with style but the most appropriate name for this would be parachuting as the flaps along the gecko acts kind of like a parachute. The flying gecko belong to the family gekkoninae and the genus Ptychozoon, other similar members of the genus include p.lionotom which is very similar and the only ways to tell these apart is that p.kuhli posses 2 rows of enlarged tubercules along its back and p.lionotom does not.
Housing Requirements:This arboreal gecko is from the Malayan Peninsula and is native to the tropical rain forest. It is a tree dweller. When captive, adults require a 15 gallon enclosure,The best substrate for flying geckos is a bed a beast or forest bed type bedding; they are both expandable natural beddings, this is because it is good for geckos which need a fairly high humidity such as the flying gecko. Other substrates that are suitable for flying geckos are reptile turf, newspaper, kitchen towel and soil. Most substrates have a chance of impaction; the only safe substrates that can be used are newspaper or kitchen towel but these aren’t necessarily the best. Forest bed come in small compact packs and are relatively cheap when compared with the area that can be covered. Paper can be cheap and easily replaced and is very absorbent which can decrease smell (which flying geckos make very little of). The substrate should be spot cleaned every other day and completely cleaned out every 1 to 3 months. I also like to use a small section of moss both on the floor and draped over branches and twigs, this may help keep humidity up and look nice along with the branches and plants.
Light/Heating Requirements:Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone,Day temperature should be gradient from 78-86 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 72-80 degrees F. Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24-hour heat.
Food Requirements:This carnivore eats insects and arthropods. Always offer variety for proper nutrition. Eats variety of larger worms (earthworms, meal/wax worms). Dust food with calcium and vitamins.
Water/Humidity Requirements:This species requires moderate to high levels of humidity,Mist the enclosure daily for moisture and high humidity. Provide a large shallow bowl for drinking and soaking. Enclosure must be well ventilated.
Breeding Notes:N/A
Original Author:http://lllreptile.com/info/library/animal-care-sheets/geckos/-/flying-gecko/
Price list last updated on April 27th, 2014 at 03:12:30
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