Lygodactylus is a genus of diurnal geckos with approximately 60 species. They are commonly referred to as dwarf geckos. They are mainly found in Africa and Madagascar although two species are found in South America. Lygodactylus picturatus, the best known species, is found in Kenya and commonly known as the white-headed dwarf gecko.
- Règne: Animalia
- Embranchement: Chordata
- Classe: Reptilia
- Sous-classe: Lepidosauria
- Ordre: Squamata
- Sous-ordre: Sauria
- Infra-ordre: Gekkota
- Famille: Gekkonidae
- Genre: Lygodactylus
- Nom binominal: Lygodactylus kimhowelli
Lygodactylus kimhowelli has a total length of 9 centimeters, making it the largest species in the genus Lygodactylus. Here both sexes are equal in size. Like all members in the genus, Lygodactylus kimhowelli has adhesive fins on the undersides of the toes, as well as the underside of the tail tip. Having round pupils it tells us that Lygodactylus kimhowelli is active during the day.
Both sexes are colored the same. The head is yellow with two black lines that begin patchy at first and remain solid continuing on downward over the dorsal all the way to the tail. Two other lines can be seen on both sides over the snout and eyes carrying over to the hind legs.
The yellow markings on the head are detached from the front legs coloring of blue-gray. The ventral portion of Lygodactylus kimhowelli is dyed bright yellow. Males are often told apart from females by their having a solid black throat, but it is not too rare for them to have a deep black chevron pattern here instead.
Size and Longevity
Yellow Headed Dwarf Geckos are a dwarf species of gecko, rarely exceeding 3” total length. Little is known about their natural lifespan, although an expected lifespan of 5 to 10 years is not unreasonable.
While a cooling period is recommended for these little jewels, breeding may occur throughout the warm season. Providing plant stalks (Sansevieria) and corkbark, the female will find a secluded spot to deposit her eggs. Hatching occurs after about 60-70 days at about 82. If you can, collect the eggs and incubate them away from the pair. The adults do not bother the young but, due to the size of the hatchlings, it will be very difficult to find them and to contain them in the enclosure.
Little is known about the life of Lygodactylus kimhowelli in the wild, except for the fact that it is both an arboreal and a sun loving gecko. They live in coastal forests, but also occur in nearby settlements.
Here is where it gets a bit tricky. Once hatching occurs transfer the babies to a small, 1 litter or smaller container, with a screen top. The top must allow lighting in. Add peat moss as substrate to hold moisture, a couple plastic plant leaves for hiding places, and a couple tiny bamboo shoots to climb on.
Due to their size only the smallest of foods can be fed to the neonates. We offer freshly hatched crickets, and tiny mealworms.
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Lygodactylus kimhowelli images