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Re: flying dragon


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Posted by Emerson on April 02, 2001 at 14:13:54:

In Reply to: flying dragon posted by reptikim on March 31, 2001 at 22:21:02:

Here's a sample caresheet. You can also do a search in kingsnake or yahoo for more.

Description: A truly weird and wonderful gecko! This species grows to around 6-7 inches and has folds of skin along it's flanks and on the sides of it's cheeks, the feet are webbed and the tail is frilled and all these "adornments" assist the gecko to glide from treetop to treetop when the legs are splayed and the webbing stretched out. It also helps to camouflage the gecko (whose colouration can only be described as "bark") when it is resting upon a treetrunk by disguising the animals outline. Many times I have spent ages looking into my enclosure trying to spot my Flying Geckos only to suddenly realise there is one resting on a piece of cork bark right in front of my nose!

Vivarium Requirements: 36 inches (length) by 12 inches (width) by 15 inches (height) is suitable for 2-3 animals. Substrate should be bark chip and plenty of branches, cork pieces and a plant or two should be provided. Humidity needs to be maintained at 80 - 100% so as well as the daily spraying with a plant mister, place a good sized bowl of water in the enclosure. Daytime temperature needs to be between 82 and 89 degrees, reduced to 72-75 degrees at night.

Feeding: Crickets, medium sized locusts and waxworms. Dust the livefood with a suitable vitamin supplement once a week before feeding to the geckos.

Notes: High humidity is essential as is the correct temperature. These geckos suffer great stress if the temperature gets too high and may well die. I have one male and one female and I have noted that when one approaches another, the tail is flicked and a low grunting noise is made. Whether this is a courting ritual or some kind of threat behaviour I am unsure, if you know, e-mail me and tell me because whilst it's fascinating to watch I'd love to know why they're doing it!



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