Last year in October (10/2011), I purchased a group of geckos from Jon Boone. Two were specific animals that I really wanted in my collection. I was pleasantly surprised Jon was keeping them and had some available. In one of my Emails during this transaction, I asked if he had any other animals that I might be interested in.... BIG MISTAKE!
There are always gecko available from Jon that I ABSOLUTELY AM interested in keeping. What a dumb question. Well Jon sent back a nice, short list but praised the uniqueness of one gecko in particular- Hemidactylus ruspoli (see below). Jon described the species as Extremely rare. I happily ordered a pair and was exceedingly pleased at seeing the animals when they came in. They were stunning animals with great markings.
The pair were added to a sandy substrate 10 gallon tank with hiding spots, water dish, and heat source (low 90s). Quick story on the pair-- Sometime during the winter of 2011/2012 I found the top ajar and the super fast, small geckos out of the tank. Unfortunately, during one of the feedings, we did not put the screen top all the way down. Well, after about an hour of scouring the room, my youngest son was able to locate the two healthy geckos (and claim his cash reward) and we located them back in their enclosure.
This year in May, I took a couple of quick photos and sent them over to Jon for review as I was concerned that I could not distinguish either as a male. He graciously handled my question with providing additional information on the two geckos and indicated one was absolutely a male.
This past weekend, while cleaning poop (which you know is my favorite thing to do Read More), I lifted up a piece of corkbark and found one of the expected adults but also saw a tiny head peak around the other side of the wood then dart right back under. Babies!!! Unreal. I was very excited but also realized that I had not checked for eggs in at least a month or so. Prodding around a bit in the sand and sure enough, 2 eggs! Another piece of driftwood lifted and another little tiny baby shot out. This one tail-less unfortunately but very spry.
The two little youngsters were located in another small version of the parents enclosure and are doing fine on small crickets and mealworms. I hope they grow quickly and can be shared with other hobbyists.
From Jon- "They are exceedingly rare and it’s one that I feel fortunate to work with. A long story made short is that a European herpetologist got a small permit to work with Chameleons in Kenya and found the H. ruspolii up near Lake Rudolf on the Ethiopian border and fell in love with them. He eventually brought back 4 animals and they turned out to be 3.1. They eventually bred, crossbred and now we are some of the first people in the world to work with c.b. animals of this fantastic species."
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