Western Banded Gecko - Coleonyx variegatus (Captive Bred)-


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  • Nocturnal
  • Small terrestrial gecko
  • Beautiful banding
  • Easy to keep and breed
  • Can be handled
  • Like a miniature leopard gecko!


NameColeonyx variegatus. Its straightforward common name, the Western banded gecko, refers to its range in the western United States as well as its banded patterning.


Recommended Enclosure Size: Pairs and trios can be kept in a 12x12x12 enclosure. Males should never be housed together. Sand works well as a substrate. Numerous hides should be provided; slate, cork flats, or even everyday items like overturned flower saucers work well. Low climbing materials like rocks, driftwood, cork bark, manzanita branches, and other rough surfaces can be added, but should be supported by the bottom of the enclosure instead of the substrate. Succulents and arid plants can also be added.


Temperature: Keep Western banded geckos between 75-85 F. A basking spot of around 90-95 F maintained with an undertank heater or basking bulb. Temperature should be monitored with a digital thermometer, and the basking spot can be checked with an infrared thermometer or temperature gun. Night temperatures should not fall below 65 F. UV light is not required for this nocturnal species.


Humidity: Keep Western banded geckos at 40-55% humidity. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer. A humid hide is strongly recommended for this species. These banded geckos should be lightly misted daily or every other day to moisten a portion of the substrate and provide dew on enclosure walls and cage items from which they can drink, but enough ventilation should be provided to allow the enclosure to dry out after a few hours. A shallow water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting.


Size: Western banded gecko hatchlings are around 1-1.5 inches. Adults will reach about 4-5 inches from head to tail. This species has a lean build.


Age: Western banded geckos are at least 2 months old when sold by Josh’s Frogs, at which time they are well established. It is estimated that these geckos live for 10-20 years in captivity.


Feeding: Juvenile western banded geckos sold by Josh’s Frogs are fed ⅛-inch crickets. These juveniles can also be occasionally offered extra small black soldier fly larvae, melanogaster fruit flies, bean beetles, and springtails. Adults should be fed a staple of 1/4-inch crickets or dubia roaches, but can also be occasionally offered black soldier fly larvae, waxworms, and small mealworms. All feeder insects should be gutloaded and dusted with vitamin/mineral supplements, and can be offered in a food dish.


Sexing: Adult male Western banded geckos exhibit strong femoral pores compared to female. Males also have a bulge at the base of their tail.


Color/PatternWestern banded geckos have a yellow background with brown spots and stripes along its body.


Social Behavior: Males can be housed with one to two females. Males should never be housed together.


Breeding: A light brumation period in the winter or longer days in the summer will help incite breeding. Females lay pairs of eggs about once every 30-40 days. Eggs will often be laid in a humid hide if one is provided. Eggs should be carefully removed and incubated.


Natural Range: Western banded geckos occur in arid environments in the southwest United States.


History in the Hobby: Despite being an inexpensive great beginner desert gecko, captive bred Western banded geckos are not very common. We’re excited to make this banded gecko more popular and available!


Links of Interest:

Reptiles Magazine Care Article - Reptiles Magazine article on western banded geckos


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Shipping for any number of animals is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


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We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


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FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

All gecko shipments are sent via FedEx Overnight Air or USPS Express mail (where available). Therefore, your geckos will arrive the next day before noon. Josh's Frogs offers a live arrival guarantee on all gecko shipments provided that:

  • temperatures during transit do not exceed 85 degrees
  • temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to address
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