A Guide to... Australian Geckos & Pygopods in Captivity



A Guide to... Australian Geckos & Pygopods in Captivity is a full colour, 352 page book providing detailed information on all aspects of captive husbandry relating to the most commonly kept species of Australian gecko and pygopod species including Bynoe’s and Desert Cave Geckoes, Dtellas and House Geckos, Giant Cave and Giant Tree Geckos, Knob-tailed Geckos, Leaf-tailed geckos, Spiny-tailed Geckos, Ring-tailed Geckos, Small Terrestrial Geckos, Thick-tailed Geckos, Velvet Geckos and the Pygopods including Delma’s, Scaly-footed and Burton’s Legless Lizards.
Chapters include:


  • General Management. This chapter covers Stock Selection, Handling and Hygiene, Transportation, Purchase and Freight Etiquette, Legal Requirements, General Safety, Security and Quarantine.
  • Housing. In this chapter topics such as Indoor Enclosures, Outdoor Enclosures, Hide Sites, Enclosure Enrichment, Heating, Lighting, Thermostats and Humidity are discussed.
  • Feeding Methods and Nutrition. Invertebrate and Vertebrate Food Items, Artificial Diets, Culturing Insect Food Items, Dietary Supplements, Feeding Facilities and Feeding Problems are all dealt with in detail.
  • Breeding is the next chapter and contains information on Sexing Techniques, Breeding Age, Courtship, Mating, Cooling, Strategies to Enhance Breeding Success, Reproduction, Nest Facilities, Egg Laying and Birthing, Artificial Incubation, Natural Incubation and Hatchling Care
  • The final section in the Husbandry chapters is a comprehensive guide to common Diseases and Disorders of Geckos and Pygopods such as Nutritional, Parasitic, Skin, Nail, Eye, Respiratory, Traumatic, Reproductive and Oral Disorders. This is completed with a guide to Administration of Medications and Making the most of your Reptile Veterinarian.

Within each chapter, information is presented on Pronunciation, Descriptions, Sexing, Subspecies, Distribution, Habitat, Captive Status, Indoor and Outdoor Housing, Compatibility, Feeding, Breeding Methods, Incubation, Colour Variants and Hybrids.

The book is completed with chapters on Herpetological Societies, Websites, an extensive Bibliography and a Glossary of common reptile words and phrases.