Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus) is part of the Gekkonidae Family, the genus Aeluroscalabotes. It can be found in the wild in Thailand, Kalimantan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
This species has two subspecies: Aeluroscalabotes felinus felinus and Aeluroscalabotes felinus multituberculatus.
Compared to the daytime gecko from Madagascar looking for the sun’s rays, the cat gecko lives in high areas with flowing water. It prefers lower temperatures and shade of forests.
It is called cat gecko because it has retractable claws and it has tail tail near the body just like a cat.
It can be found under the name: Malaysian Gecko cat, The gecko cat, etc.
Cat Gecko’s Food
When it comes to lizards everyone knows that they feed on insects. Cat Gecko beside insects feeds with some small invertebrates that it catches near the water.
In captivity it is recommended to feed her crickets, larvae and cockroaches. Do not forget to give them with calcium powder on average 3-4 times a week before eating them.
For a diet that is as good as possible it is best to offer the animal varied food. In addition to “moving”, that is, living food, you can pair it with various fruit salads.
Calcium and vitamins are needed to supplement nutrients that cannot be taken from their food. Be careful, do not overdo it with calcium or vitamins because otherwise the animal will have health problems.
Cat Gecko’s Features
Cat Gecko is one of the few species that live at such high altitudes and prefers humidity and lower temperatures. It is a semi-arboreal species that comes out in search of food only at night.
The color varies between brown and brick red. In this species, females are larger than males. At maturity, they reach a length of 17cm, while “gentlemen” are only 10-11cm.
Cat Gecko leads a solitary life, seeking its mate only during the breeding period. Cat Gecko does not have adhesive fingers (it cannot move on almost any surface). She has to move to the ground or to the trees helping herself to the need and the prehensile tail (she can hang with it).
If you want to buy one do not forget to first document and make the correct terrarium. A lizard that lives in poor conditions generally does not have many days.
If we reach the terrarium subject, it is good to be as wide as tall. Considering that it is a species that likes to climb and you must give it the opportunity to do so.
The decoration can be made up of a substrate or earthed in which a species of natural plant can be planted on which to grow.
It is good to avoid artificial plants when pets depend on them in captivity. In the aquarium you go or when you have a cat, although they are not like the natural ones.
The daytime temperature should be between 24-28 degrees Celsius and at night 20-23 degrees Celsius. The heating is good to be done partially in the aquarium to leave the possibility of the “tenant” to choose a warmer place or a less warm place.
Hiding places must be at least two, and humidity is very important. At least 80% must maintain relatively constant humidity. To do this you can create a small corner of water at the bottom (if you put a natural plant even better) or a large pot.
It is recommended to spray 2-3 times daily in aquarium water. Water must be flat or reverse osmosis water, known in several countries because it is sensitive to tap water and can easily move.
The substrate can be made of coconut. It helps you maintain moisture and is very practical. Handling is not recommended because it is generally shy with a solitary and isolated lifestyle. It is probably one of the reasons why it is not preferred by many breeders.
Cat Gecko’s Reproduction
Sexual dimorphism is relatively simple. The females are almost double to the males. Above I specified that a female is about 17cm, while a male a little over 10cm.
The disadvantage is that the cat gecko multiplies very hard in captivity. It is recommended that you have had at least one reptile or similar lizard before.
Another disadvantage is that many inexperienced people ask for a cat gecko that they torment and eventually die.
This is because they do not understand that it is a nocturnal species and that not all specimens have adapted to life in captivity. Many of them come from animal trafficking, meaning they are taken from their natural environment.
After mating the female lays several times two eggs. The incubation period is approximately two months and the average temperature is 25-26 degrees Celsius.
Life expectancy is somewhere around 15 years.