Like the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius), the fat-tailed gecko, is a true eyelid gecko. From the family Gekkonidae and the subfamily Eublepharinae, the Hemitheconyx caudicinctus, or Fat-tailed gecko, is very similar in shape and size to the leopard gecko. But it is adapted to a far different life-style.
A proper enclosure should include a minimum of a ten-gallon tank. Large rocks should be placed along the bottom of the tank and the floor of the tank should be filled with a quarter inch of dechlorinated water at all times. Silk or plastic foliage can be placed across the rocks and into the water. Small branches can also be placed into the aquarium for climbing.
It is a relatively docile animal, more shy and with different behavior patterns toward humans than the leopard gecko. A new owner may cause the animal some distress, but upon becoming used to to its owner, the Fat-tailed gecko is usually content to rest on a hand or arm. They will forage all night feeding on insects, grubs and mealworms, eating anything they can catch and fit into their mouths. They have large appetites and are voracious eaters. Fruit flies, small mealworms or any small feeder insect may be fed to the baby gecko.
The native range for the Fat-tailed gecko is West Africa, from Senegal to Northern Cameroon. They utilize savannah, rocky hillsides, dry open woodland, and river edges as habitats. In captivity, they prefer a semi-moist micro-habitat and a dry area for foraging. We recommend that all new specimens be quarantined 3 to 5 days so that they can be checked for parasites and disease at the new location.