"This just in".... sounds like a news flash. Well, for Supreme Gecko it is. A couple weeks ago, we made arrangements to ship in Lygodactylus williamsi, the Electric Blue gecko.
A little history- four or five years ago, the L. williamsi started showing up in the hobby. It seemed like every other table at reptile shows were offering these beautiful little geckos. First they were around about $250 each but quickly were priced under $50. Their price was so depreciated that I felt other hobbyist must have been breeding these gekcos like crazy and decided not to purchase any at that time. Besides, back then, I was keeping crested geckos, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, and chameleons. I had no interest in these tiny little geckos.
At the time, information came out that the geckos were limited to a very small ecosystem in Africa- not square miles, but square blocks in size! It wasn't long before the government shut down exporting the animals. You would think that with so many in the country that captive breeding would have established L. williamsi in the hobby and they would be readily available. This did not happen and now they are nearly impossible to find.
Keeping in contact with a wonderful keeper, Linda of Switzer Reptiles. We purchased other small geckos from her this past year and in one of our conversations, she mentioned that she had several L. williamsi that she was growing up. During subsequent discussions, I made sure that I let her know that I was very interested in the animals and as luck would have it, they became available about 2 weeks ago.
It's extremely exciting to be able to work with these wonderful animals for the first time. I hope, with the 8 individuals, that we have at least one male in the group. Keep checking back as I would really enjoy working with other hobbyists that are as interested in these jewels as I am.
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