In March of 2011, Gecko Time began publishing monthly articles by Justin Hansen detailing his experiences as a new gecko breeder. Justin has decided to continue his account for a second breeding season and we are happy to have him. Note that we have omitted the “New” from the title, since Justin has successfully completed his “trial by fire” as a new breeder. And now, without further ado . . .
We don’t usually post video updates or short blog posts but this video was too good not to share. I hope you enjoy! More
Over the last two weeks we have discussed Namibia, and a gecko that hails from that region. This week I’d like to share my experience importing P. rangei from Germany to the United States.
“Perhaps the most remarkable Gecko of the South African geckoes is the web-footed Palmatogecko from the Namib desert.“ Brain (1958) formulated it very accurately in his description of one of the characteristic species from Namibia’s coastal deserts.
Even though P. rangei counts among the well known species it is still a rare sight in our terrariums. More
Namibia is located on the Atlantic coast between South Africa and Angola, and for five years my fellow instructors and I from The University of Arizona have been taking 8 – 13 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of different majors to Namibia as part of a six-week conservation biology class. Why Namibia? More
It’s hard to believe but one full year of breeding is now under my belt and as usual things didn’t go as planned, but they were fun. At this point I thought I would have 2 full racks of hatchlings, a couple of sales and be setting up for my first show. More
Why do we keep geckos? Paint? Write lyrics? Or poetry? Why do we have this compunction to have hobbies? The answer is not that simple, but one writer, Thomas Moore, has given me some insights I’d like to share with you. If you don’t want to take this philosophical journey, and this IS a philosophical journey, abort this mission now. More
Originally known as Teratolepis fasciata, the genus Teratolepis was abolished due to the fact that the whole genus consisted of only two geckos: Teratolepis fasciata and Teratolepis albofasciatus. Teratolepis was originally established by Gunther in1869 because he considered them to have a ‘bizarre scalation’. Recently, in 2008, they were reclassified by Bauer as Hemidactylus imbricatus commonly called the “viper gecko”. More
As the autumn winds blow, leaves begin to fall and temperatures gradually change. Bright orange pumpkins of all sizes begin to line residential neighborhoods; black and orange decorations fill department stores and shops- all marking the fast-approaching Halloween holiday. . . Arriving in my gecko room, I smile to myself as I carefully slide open a plastic sweater box to reveal a brightly colored orange reptile. More
So far all my hatchlings have come from the Sunglow by Superhypo pair and for the most part the hatchlings look the same. That was until this past Saturday when I found a present in the incubator. More