Northern spiny-tailed Gecko

Species Background

 Licence Category - Category 2

Lifespan - Up to 10 years of age


Northern Spiny-tail Geckos are an arboreal species that have a very good climbing ability. Therefore vivariums should be designed to provide climbing space as well as suitable ground area while they forage for food at night. An indoor enclosure measuring a minimum of 45cms long, 45cms wide and 60cm high is appropriate for two to four adults.

Lighting and Heating

In the wild Northern Spiny-tail Geckos sit on branches within shrubs and small trees where they bask and receive exposure to sunlight during the day. UV lighting in combination with a heat light is therefore strongly recommended. A heat light and UV globe or tube should be positioned at one side of the enclosure whereby the geckos can access adequate amounts of UV-B. A thermal gradient should be maintained within the vivarium to achieve a hot spot of 35°C to 25 °C in the cool end, during daytime hours.


Multi-stemmed branches can be positioned beneath the heat light and UV globe so that geckos can access heating and UV lighting. A water bowl should be placed in the cool end of the enclosure on top of a sand or bark substrate.

Food (In Captivity)

Northern Spiny-tailed Geckos are insectivores, feeding primarily on crickets and wood roaches in captivity. Insects should be dusted with calcium and multi-vitamin supplements so that their diet is balanced.


  • Vivarium
  • Heat globe
  • UV globe/tube
  • Thermometer
  • Thermostat
  • Substrate
  • Water bowl
  • Branches
  • Vitamin and calcium supplements

Please note the information provided above is a species background, NOT A CARE SHEET. We recommend adequate background reading and research to be undertaken prior to purchasing this species. See recommended books below.

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