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Paroedura picta - Madagascar great head gecko


Madagascar, im
South and southwest of the island.


These geckos mostly inhabit dry forests, savannas and semi-desert areas.


The species belongs to the medium-sized species of the genus.
The males can have a total length of 15-17 cm, and weigh a weight
from 20 - 25 g.
The females stay 1 to 3 cm smaller and reach a weight of
14 - 18 g (Schröder, 1999).
Paroedura pictus is crepuscular and nocturnal.
Like most geckos, this one also eats its skin after each molt.

Gender differences:

The males are often darker in color than the females and reach one
greater overall length.
The males are safest when they are clearly recognizable
Identify hemipenic pockets.


The pair or harem position, 1 male and several females, has proven to be best. Since the animals like to be on the ground, the base should not be too small, around 60 * 60 for a 1.2 group. A mixture of clay and sand is suitable as a substrate. For the design, stone structures can be designed with a few squeeze gaps. Some roots and dried plants complete the natural look. Temperatures between 24 - 30 ° C, locally up to 35 ° C; Humidity 40 - 60%


Various insects, it goes without saying that the food insects should be pollinated with a vitamin preparation, as with all reptiles. We use Korvimin ZVT.


The Paroedura picta, which is considered extremely productive, reproduces under optimal conditions all year round. Eggs can be weaned every 14 to 30 days. In order not to burden the females too much and to give them a resting phase, the males should be separated from the group. Since the animals are able to store sperm for a longer period of time (Receptacula seminis), the female geckos can still produce up to five further fertilized clutches despite the separation. It is always important to ensure that the animals are adequately supplied with calcium in the form of, for example: ground sepia peel.

Incubation and rearing

Two hard-shell eggs are laid. For the safety of the young animals, the clutch should be transferred to an incubator, as the adults will chase after them. You can also leave the eggs in the terrarium, but then you should lay the eggs in a cricket box filled with dry sand.

Fertilized eggs have a pink sheen, whereas unfertilized eggs have a yellowish tinge. The incubation time depends on the temperature. In my case, young animals about 50-55 mm in size hatch after 55-65 days at an incubation temperature of about 26-29 ° C. If I hatch the eggs in the terrarium, at a day temperature of 28 ° -29 ° and a night temperature of around 20 ° -22 °, it takes around 90-100 days. Both variants have worked well for me.

The young geckos start molting immediately. Just two to three days later, the animals begin to prey on small crickets on their own. The rearing of the young is quite uncomplicated and can take place under the same conditions in the keeping as with the adults.