Pristurus carteri

Common Name- Carters Rock Gecko, Scorpion Tailed Gecko

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Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Gekkoninae Pristurus carteri

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Most Underrated Gecko- Pristurus carteri


Often called the scorpion gecko, Pristurus carteri are endemic to Oman (Middle East).  As adults, they are a sandy brown colored gecko, matching their natural habitat perfectly.  As their common name suggests, they display a wonderful behavior of lifting and wagging their tails back and forth.   This is a fairly quick gecko but one that will scamper back to its hiding place whenever they can. Size- around 4.5".  They are nocturnal but active at times during the day.  


Found in Oman (Middle East).  These geckos are terrestrial.  They enjoy sandy habitats that afford them areas with some plants to use as observation posts.  



Temperatures range from 75 at night to 95 degrees during the summer days.   While they prefer a more arid setup, they enjoy a misting of the enclosure once or twice a week. Provide overturned flower saucers for hides on both the warm side and the cool side.  As well, they enjoy rock formations and plants to climb on (both artificial or real).  A water dish (cleaned and refilled a couple times a week) can be used.   Feedings can consist of 1/2 inch crickets.  Include small dubia, medium mealworms, laticauda, and other smaller insect sources for variety.  Dust the insects with a calcium/vitamin mix every other feeding.


Males and female may be kept together.  The female places her eggs in the substrate, gently mounding up sand around the eggs.  Remove the eggs and place them in a bottle cap half filled with sand (to keep the eggs from rolling. Place the cap in a container with moist medium to keep the humidity. Incubate around 82 degrees.  Eggs will hatch in about 60-80 days. Setup the babies like the adults, over sand with plenty of hiding places.  Brumation should be provide with sufficient temperature drops in the winter.  Note-  it is important to give the females breaks during the year as egg laying can be very stressful on them.   


Substrate- use a sand (specific for reptiles- but do not use calci-sand).   Use rocks, cork bark, and plants in the enclosure.  Make sure this arrangement is very stable and will not move onto the animals.  For breeding projects, a 10 gallon tank is sufficient.  

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