As I walked toward the leopard room, the run-away darted under our utility cart. I was checking out the size of the tiny crickets in the feeding cup at the time so I barely noticed it. Moving the cart, I quickly realized it was NOT a cricket and knew right away WHAT IT WAS! There was a Loose Little Lygo. Right there on the cold basement floor.
The Lygodactylus kimhowelli adult pair are housed in a 10 gallon, screened top glass enclosure. Puck light heat and high intensity fluorescents brighten the enclosure. In the tank, wedged tightly in a little crevice on their cork bark we found eggs a while back. With no way to get the bark out to claim the eggs, we allowed them to stay in the tank, being very careful whenever we misted not to get the eggs wet. I knew the parents allow hatchlings in their enclosure without bothering them and somehow thought I would be lucky enough to see them soon scooting around the tank. Well, it didn't quite work that way.
The cricket cup was put aside, the cart moved, and an empty deli cup and piece of paper used to capture the little lygo. Although I knew the babies of these pint size little jewels would be small, I did not expect THIS small. I setup a makeshift tall deli cup to hold them initially as they will go into a more permanent setup in the next day or so. Barely longer than a penny, it will be difficult to find appropriate sized food for these little guys. We usually get a cricket hatch once a week or two in one of our leopard gecko enclosures (warm and moist lay box) so I will be looking for a few tiny crickets to get them up to size. Wish me luck!