Gonatodes albogularis fuscus has a very large distribution area, which extends over large parts of Central America. Gonatodes albogularis fuscus also occurs in . that Gonatodes albogularis was first found in Florida in , but was likely transferred from Key West, where the species was originally introduced and first. Diurnal but shy. Very hardy. Great beginner micro gecko. Brilliantly colored males . Small size = less expensive setup. Name: Gonatodes albogularis. Known as.
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Adults have a total length of only 6. Unlike other geckos G.
Males are quite conspicuous with their yellowish heads and dark blue to black bodies, in particular when basking. At cooling nighttime temperatures they fade to gray or blue-green males. Females are mottled grayish lizards often with a light collar line.
In both sexes, the tip of the tail is white. They have round pupils and lack toepads.
Yellow-headed Gecko – Gonatodes albogularis : WAZA : World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Usually they are quite active on the ground, darting in and out of holes and crevices, eating tiny insects and spiders. Adult males are known to defend a specific area and exhibit tail-waving as a territorial signalnevertheless holes and cavities that provide optimal refuge may be communally used by several individuals.
Reproduction occurs year-round, but during the December—May dry season activity is usually reduced. The females only lay a single, large oval egg, 8 x 6.
Females will lay eggs communally in a favorable spot. Aas many as 10 have been found in a single crevice. The eggs take about months to hatch.
It was probably also transported from Key West to other sites in southern Florida. However the last known preserved specimen was collected in and the last field observation occurred inboth on Key West.
Additional field surveys from December through December throughout the Florida Keys and southern peninsula yielded zero observations of this species, suggesting that it has undergone population declines or local extirpation. There are hardly any yellow-headed geckoes in zoos or aquariums outside the species’ range. In the United States, exhibiting Gonatodes albogularis is of educational interest because it occurs as an introduced alien species, which proved not to be invasive.
Yellow-headed geckoes are nice little creatures, which may be easily spotted in gonatodez terrarium because they are active during opening hours, and therefore would make a good ambassador species for the conservation of Mesoamerican forests. Fr Gonqtodes Es Members’ Area.
Distribution Range El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala; USA Florida, introduced Habitat Rain forests, where it prefers dry microhabitats, but is sometimes also found in moist areas and often in edificarian situations near houses and in gardens. It is found on trees, often clinging upside down on the shady underside of low horizontal branches, in holes and crevices, and under debris tree trunks and wooden objects.
Why do zoos keep this animal There are hardly any yellow-headed geckoes in zoos or aquariums outside the species’ gonatoes.
Rain forests, where it prefers dry microhabitats, but is sometimes also found in moist areas and gonnatodes in edificarian situations near houses and in gardens.