Coleonyx elegans, the Yucatán banded gecko, is a species of geckos found in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. (Source: Wikipedia. Photo: (c) Jorge Armín. AnAge entry for Coleonyx elegans. Classification (HAGRID: ) Genus: Coleonyx; Species: Coleonyx elegans; Common name: Mexican banded gecko. How to care for your Yucatan Banded Gecko (Coleonyx elegans). The Yucatan banded gecko originates from Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. They are a.

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Every month, a different herp species will be profiled by three experienced keepers. It can also motivate others to take on a new type of gecko.

We would love to receive any suggestions about gecko species for future articles. Send those over via our contact form. After succesfully keeping and breeding E. I was trying to get C. Unfortunately, I found this species to be very rare and hard to get in my region Slovakia, Czech Republic at that time. The only Coleonyx species easy to get in my region are C.

So I decided to buy C.

I got my first 2 babies of C. These grew up to be 2 males, unfortunately.

So later in I obtained from another breeder an adult pair and at that same season I got also my first babies. I found this species to be quite prolific and easy to raise. In september I came across C. I bought 1 male and 2 females adults and succesfully bred them the next season. Also, in and I bought my first C.

Hiding places are made of coconut-shells, wood, ceramic flower-pots or plastic boxes covered with lids hole cut in the lid for entrance. Hiding places are similar to that mentioned previously, but I put also some flat rocks, under which the geckos like to dig their resting places. The rocks are safe from collapsing. I spray one corner of the enclosures times a week. Of course, in each enclosure I put a shallow dish with water. Also, in most enclosures I put a dish with powdered calcium which C.

It is said that it can cause impaction when swallowed by the animal. So far, I had no such case in my geckos. Some of my geckos especially C. On the other hand, I had bad experience with dried Sphagnum moss, which is sometimes used also as a substrate. I tried it for moist hiding places. One of my C. I think the geckos swallowed some sphagnum fibers accidentally during skin shedding. There are several things I find interesting about Coleonyx geckos.

At first, I consider their appearance and movements nice and elegant, mainly when compared to most other eublepharid species. Also, their colors are nice and it is always interesting to watch the color change as the gecko grows from juvenile into adult. I also like their tolerance for each other: One of my favourite reptiles are varanids monitor lizardsbut so far I have no adequate space conditions and finances available for keeping some of them.

Yucatán banded gecko

The biggest challenge in my breeding Coleonyx species has been finding the right incubation temperature for the eggs. Especially the percentage of succesful coleonx of C. Many babies died in eggs half- or almost fully developed. I am working with Western Banded Geckos Coleonyx variegatus sp. These tiny desert jewels are native to the Southwestern deserts of the USA, and can be found hiding under debris during the day or scurrying across roads with their tails arched up over their backs to mimic scorpions after dark.


He kept them in his Playmate lunch box along with some of the native soil they were found in. Since Banded Geckos are aggregate and found in small colonies, I house mine together in a gal short glass breeder tank with a screened lid on a pea gravel substrate with artificial succulents, rocks, driftwood, natural looking cave eleans, and a water bowl.

I use a gal under tank heater to keep the warm side at about degrees F. Banded Geckos are like miniature leopard geckos, and their feline behavior is fun to watch… especially when they stalk their prey. They are voracious eaters, and mine will even take small, hand-fed mealworms right from my fingers. Although not as prolific as Leopard Geckos, they breed well in captivity. These little geckos are quite vocal, and will squeal in a high-pitch as they dart around.

Watching my Banded Geckos interact with each other is always entertaining! The biggest challenge working with Banded Geckos is their size, especially babies. Adults are just a little over 3 inches snout to tail tip, while hatchlings can be only an inch or so long. Handling hatchlings is challenging, as is finding insect prey small enough for them. Banded Geckos tend to be skittish, especially wild-caught specimens, and they drop their tails easily if they are threatened.

Another challenge coleonnyx losing eggs during incubation, but seeing coleonyz newly hatched baby makes it all worthwhile! I keep Coleonyx variegatus. I have kept both subspecies — C.

Soon after, someone local offered me a pair and a juvi she had gotten from Marcia. Despite the warning that the juvi was seriously ill, I acquired the 3 of them. Currently Eleganss keep the adult Coleonyx in a front-opening enclosure with the floor space of a 15 gallon tank, though half the height. They seem to make use of the entire enclosure and can be very active. They attack their food with gusto and often greet me or other Coleonyx with a slowly waving tail.

I have had a hard time keeping these guys alive. For several years there seemed to be some kind of plague going on where the entire colony would stop eating, start to lose weight and waste away.

I had one female drop her tail for no reason and then start to waste away. No other gecko species in my household ever demonstrated these symptoms. To be sure, I treated all the enclosures and furniture the Coleonyx had used with ammonia as if I were disinfecting for Cryptosporidiosis and started again. They produced 5 babies during the summer of and then for some reason got busy again in October.


Viliam Vongrej is 32 years old and lives in Slovakia central Europe.

Coleonyx elegans Gray, 1845

He has been interested in nature since his childhood. During the years — he studied at the Comenius University in Bratislava capital of Slovakiaat the Faculty of Natural Sciences. During these years he started keeping reptiles, mostly geckos.

He got his first reptile Eublepharis macularius in She has been working with geckos sinceand currently breeds leopard geckos Eublepharis maculariusfat-tail geckos Hemitheconyx caudicinctus coleobyx, western banded geckos Coloenyx variegatus sp. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband Glenn, has two grown children, and colepnyx grandchildren.

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Aliza is a home care speech therapist living in the Boston area. She has been breeding leopard geckos since and has also been successful in breeding Coleonyx, African Fat Tail and Gargoyle geckos. Other interests which she pursues in her copious free time include work in ceramics, practicing tai chi and surfing the internet.

For the past several years I’ve been breeding superworms for all my geckos. It’s a fairly simple process and with some time and patience you can raise your own feeders. We had the opportunity to interview Kevin of New England Reptile Distributors, asking him about the amazing Tokay Gecko morphs they are working with. Here is what Kevin had to say. Breeding leopard geckos is relatively easy and rewarding.

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