Most Underrated Geckos - 48 Homopholis fasciata

Homopholis fasciata  01I stumbled upon Homopholis fasciata about 1 ½ years ago while browsing random

 

Facebook reptile groups. Seeing just one photo, I was struck by how morphologically interesting they were. Their short, rounded heads, relatively long and thin tail, and banded gray/silver pattern was immediately ingrained in my mind. I knew from then on I had to have some. Luckily, within a month or two, I ended up with 2.2 long term captive specimens and have managed to breed them two seasons in a row.

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H. fasciata as a whole is incredibly hardy, perhaps even more than everyone’s favorite Correlophus ciliatus. Aside from providing a puck light that gives them a basking temperature of 95 F, I mist nightly and give the adults food 2-3 times a week. Ambient temperatures have been as high as 84 (summer) and even as low as 55 F (winter). Hatchlings are kept at 80-82 F in fruit fly deli cups, and fed 3-4 times a week.   

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Hardy with simple care, it is difficult to not provide adequate care for these correctly. I believe that their label as “cheap imports” is the only thing preventing them from growing in popularity. Although my time with them can be marked in years rather than decades, I have yet to lose my fascination with these animals and do not see myself doing so.

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David Kelley
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