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What Is a Bibron's Gecko?

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A Bibron’s gecko is a species of gecko belonging to a genus called pachydactylus, or the thick-toed geckos. The name of this gecko might have derived from the name of a French zoologist, Gabriel Bibron, giving it a scientific name of “pachydactylus bibronii.” The Bibron’s gecko can be largely found in southern Africa and can be kept as a pet.

Compared to other gecko species, the Bibron’s gecko is fairly large, reaching up to 8 inches (20.32 cm) as a full adult. Its skin contains wart-like bumps called tubercles protruding out of its back, making the reptile appear rough and scaly. Its color can range from shades of olive to gray and brown, and it features a striped pattern of black and white, along with random sprinkles of little dots. Like most reptiles, this gecko usually has a segmented tail, sometimes further emphasized by the stripes running through it. It is interesting to note that none of the patterns of these geckos is alike.

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This reptile is said to be diurnal and does most of its activities during daytime, such as hunting, eating, or even sunbathing during the heat of the day. The Bibron’s gecko is also described as both terrestrial and arboreal, which means they are comfortable living either down on the ground and rocks or high up in the trees. Its neutral-colored skin makes for a very convenient camouflage, making it easier for the reptile to hide among rocks or branches. The species are also built to be swift runners, perhaps to efficiently run to and from their dual habitats and escape from predators. When it comes to food, this gecko is also called an insectivore, as they primarily eat insects, a steady diet amply provided for by their habitats.

These geckos often live in colonies, sometimes as many as 20 geckos per group. They can, however, be very territorial and dominant, especially the male species, during mating seasons. It is not unusual for a Bibron’s gecko to have missing limbs or a severed tail after combating another gecko. This is why many experts recommend prospective pet owners to have separate cages for each gecko, especially the male kind, to prevent them from fighting or eating each other up. At most, one male and female can be kept in the same cage.

The female Bibron’s gecko reproduces twice every year, or bi-annually, producing an average of two eggs per period. Egg-laying periods are usually during spring and winter, and the hatching occurs in the summer and autumn, respectively. A baby Bibron’s gecko may initially have a solid color, but will eventually and gradually generate stripes and dots, just like an adult’s.

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