DIPLODACTYLUS VITTATUS--EASTERN STONE GECKO--WOOD GECKO
These cute little geckos are native to the eastern quarter of Australia, thus the reason for the name. They reach a size of about 3-4” typically, but I’ve read that some have reached 6”. Breeding season is spring and summer with the female laying two eggs in a clutch and producing several clutches a season. The eggs are only a bit larger than a tic-tac and can be very hard to find. I think they get a thrill out of trying to hide them were you wouldn’t think to look. I provide a moist moss lay box, which has only once been used for egg laying, but they have burrowed under it to hide eggs, as well as under the small calcium/mealworm dish. Eggs are removed and incubated at 84 degrees for roughly 60 days, at which time a teeny tiny dark colored little gecko pops out. They are born very dark colored and lighten with age to an almost tan color.
Their care is quite simple. A small cage equipped with a hide and a moist lay box with an under tank heat source on one end kept somewhere between 82-86 seems to work very well. Their diet consists of crickets, dubia roaches, and mealworms, all of which get dusted with calcium. They hide during the day and are very active at night and extremely fun to watch as they stalk insects and pounce on them. I wonder if you can tell, I’m loving raising these. A true treasure in the gecko world.
Author: Pat LaFaive