Leaf-Tailed Gecko Temperatures & Lighting Requirements

Lighting

Leaf-tailed geckos benefit from a consistent day/night cycle of 12 hours each (for example, 7am-7pm). The best way to accomplish this is with a timer.

Although these geckos are crepuscular, they tend to sleep out in the open during the day in the wild, naturally exposing themselves to sunlight. Breeders and collectors generally agree that 2.0 or 5.0 strength UVB is strongly recommended for their health — A Zoo Med ReptiSun 5.0 compact fluorescent should do the trick. No additional light should be needed unless you wish to provide a basking spot, discussed in the next section.

Temperatures

Although in theory all members of Uroplatus can be kept fairly comfortably between 72-76°F (22.2-24.4°C), different species evolved to thrive at slightly different temperatures, depending on what part of the island they inhabit. All seem to benefit from a temperature drop at night, which also helps promote air circulation in glass enclosures.

  • fimbriatus: 76-78°F day, 70-74°F night (24.4-25.6°C, 21.1-23.3°C)
  • henkeli: 72-75° day, 65-68° night (22.2-23.9°C, 18.3-20°C)
  • aff. henkeli: 72-75° day, 65-68° night (22.2-23.9°C, 18.3-20°C)
  • sameiti: 77-82° day, 72-75° night (25-27.8°C, 22.2-23.9°C)
  • sikorae: 72-78° day, 68-72° night (22.2-25.6°C, 20-22.2°C)
  • aff. sikorae: 72-78° day, 68-72° night (22.2-25.6°C, 20-22.2°C)
  • giganteus: 75-78°F day, 68-73°F night (23.9-25.6°C, 20-22.8°C)
  • ebenaui: 68-75°F day, 62-70°F night (20-23.9°C, 16.7-21.1°C)
  • phantasticus: 72°F day, 65°F night (22.2°C, 18.3°C)
  • fiera: 68-75°F day, 62-70°F night (20-23.9°C, 16.7-21.1°C)
  • finiavana: 72-75°F day, 68-72°F night (22.2-23.9°C, 20-22.2°C)
  • fotsivava: No data
  • kelirambo: No data
  • malama: No data
  • pietschmanni: 73-76°F day, 65-68°F night (22.8-24.4°C, 18.3-20°C)
  • alluaudi: 74-76°F day, 68-72°F night (23.3-24.4°C, 20-22.2°C)
  • malahelo: No data
  • guentheri: 72-75°F day, 65-68°F night (22.2-23.9°C, 18.3-20°C)
  • lineatus: 75-78°F day, 72-75°F night (23.9-25.6°C, 22.2-23.9°C)

Leaf-tailed gecko temperatures should never exceed the maximums (or minimums) outlined above.

Certain species, namely U. giganteus and U. guentheri, may benefit from an 80-82°F basking spot, created with a 60w incandescent bulb. However, a basking spot should only be implemented if it will not raise overall terrarium temperatures.


PRO TIP: Track your terrarium’s temperatures with pinpoint precision by using a temperature gun like the Etekcity Lasergrip 774. I use mine all the time!

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