Geckos From Around the World
Geckos in my collection hail from areas throughout the world. I work with gecko species from Australia, New Caledonia, Africa, China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean Islands. The diversity of geckos throughout the world is truly astounding and with so many species that I find cool and interesting, I have no doubt that I will continue to add new species each year. The list below shows geckos species currently in my collection. They are roughly in the order they have been added to the collection, with the newest species listed at the top. Species I have worked with in the past, but am not currently working with are listed at the bottom.
This rare gecko species comes from the remote and isolated Cape Verde island chain 350 miles off the West coast of Northern Africa. These sorts of isolated and remote locales tend to be home to unique species found no where else in the world. Hemidactylus boavistensis, which was elevated to full species status in 2008, is found on only 2 small islands in this archipelago which is rapidly being developed for tourism. This, along with the establishment of non-native gecko species on the islands makes it likely that the population of this interesting species will decline. I picked up 3 small, unsexed geckos at Tinley in 2014. I haven't had them long enough to form a strong impression, but so far I find them alert, inquisitive, and attractive little geckos. Hopefully I will end up with a mix of sexes which will allow me to breed these in the future.
Holodactylus africanus, or the African Clawed Gecko, is a small, and unusual member of the Eublepharine (eyelid) family of geckos from Eastern Africa. Unfortunately, the record of this species in captivity is not a successful one, so my fingers are crossed that my 2.2 group of wild caught geckos acclimates and can perhaps one day contribute to the establishment of a captive bred population in the hobby. These geckos are a shy species that spends much of their time in moist burrows, emerging only long enough to feed occasionally.
Stumpf's Spiny Gecko
Web-footed geckos are uniquely adapted to the sandy environment of the Namibian desert of Southern Africa. The webbed feet of this species are unique in the gecko world and allow this gecko to easily traverse the soft sands of its native habitat. This small gecko may appear somewhat fragile, but is surprisingly tough. In their native habitat, they have been observed active at temperatures barely above freezing! They have recently been reclassified as members of the Pachydactylus genus, but the old moniker of Palmatogecko still seems to be more widely used. In addition to the unique toes, the eyes of this species are spectacular. Finally, after some setback with this project, I should produce some offspring in 2012.
Only a few short years ago, Nephrurus wheeleri were very hard to come by and demanded top dollar. Today, availability has increased and the price has dropped to a level that shouldn't be too daunting to the serious hobbyist. This prehistoric looking gecko from the arid deserts of Australia is relatively easy to keep and can be quite prolific. The roughly scaled skin sets this group apart from the smooth skinned knobtails. Hatchling wheeleri are robust and very easy to work with.
Sarasin's Giant Gecko
This slightly larger cousin of the crested gecko has a unique personality and a cryptic coloration of mossy greens, browns, and grays that afford this gecko wonderful camouflage amongst the bark and vegetation of its habitat. These geckos seem to always be in demand. I currently work with the Pine Island locale of this species. While I produce a very limited number of these geckos, those that I have hatched have been very high quality.
Another native of the island of New Caledonia, E. agricolae can be kept in much the same manner as crested geckos, but in smaller enclosures as they are a much smaller gecko than any of the Rhacodactylus. At first glance, these may appear to be a rather small, drab gecko, but it is upon closer inspection and observation that the unique nature of this gecko can be appreciated. This is a relatively slow moving gecko which likes to hug tightly to a vine, branch, or even your finger. Their coloration allows them to blend into their environment perfectly. I have hatched out a good number of these over the last few breeding seasons, and have 2 unrelated pairs producing.
Easy to care for, widely available, and coming in many colors and patterns, crested geckos are often considered the ideal starter gecko. However, the genetic possibilities of this species appeal to even the most advanced keepers. I work with a couple of breeding groups of crested geckos and have refined certain traits over several generations of selective breeding, and this is one of the species I am probably best known for. I almost always have crested geckos available for sale. If I had to limit my gecko collection to a single species, the crested gecko would have to be my choice. I have 3 females producing in 2013 and am excited by the progress my selective breeding projects are showing.