Captive husbandry and breeding of the banded knob-tailed gecko (Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus) at Perth Zoo

  • Published source details McGill B. (2015) Captive husbandry and breeding of the banded knob-tailed gecko (Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus) at Perth Zoo. The Herpetological Bulletin, 134, 6-9.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Lizards

    A replicated study in 2009–2014 at Perth Zoo, Australia (McGill 2015) found that banded knob-tailed geckos Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus bred successfully in captivity and some offspring survived for at least a year. Four females produced a total of 40 clutches of eggs over four breeding seasons (2–6 clutches/female/year). The total number of eggs and hatching success was not provided, but authors reported that only one egg failed to hatch. In 2009, eleven geckos were acquired (5 females, 6 males) and housed in four enclosures (88 x 55 x 60 cm), each with a sand substrate, a nesting box and various rocks and branches. Ambient temperatures were 19–26°C with a 31–35°C basking area in summer, and 15–22°C and 24–28°C basking area in winter. Eggs were removed and incubated in perlite or vermiculite (1:1 or 2:1 mix with water) at 29–30°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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