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African Fat-tailed Gecko

(Hemitheconyx caudicinctus)

 

Category: Reptiles

 

 

This nocturnal, ground-dwelling gecko is named for its adaptation of storing fat in its tail - these energy reserves allow the gecko to survive for many days without food if needed. They are becoming popular pets due to their docile temperament and ability to thrive in captivity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_fat-tailed_gecko

http://www.theurbangecko.com/caring-african-fat-tailed-gecko

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Gekkonidae
Genus - Hemitheconyx
Species - H. caudicinctus

 
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