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Old 01-08-2016, 03:43 AM
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I had an amazing 2.2 group of Phantasticus in the early 2000's, so when i saw the opportunity to get a pair from a recent import i immediately jumped on it.

This is a pic of the female who is absolutely stunning. When i put the male in the quarantine he bolted so no pics of him for a few days.. More to follow.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:45 AM
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Pic would help.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:33 AM
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Luckyyyyy! Amazing animals to own and observe. I had a gorgeous pair for all of two weeks before I killed them. One of the most heartbreaking losses I've experienced (and this includes dogs).
A local frogger/friend gave me an unreasonably good deal, I got them home and set up a 10g temp tank, half screen, half glass lid, drainage layer, leaf litter, sturdy thin-limbed plants and manzanita branches. Following my standard frog viv protocol, I bleached and heat treated all the stuff I put in, but because they needed shelter, I added the phants immediately, before the usual fungi/mold blooms had come and gone. I figured that with the extra ventilation, the typical cycling issues would be minor. They were, but almost immediately both geckos developed substantial eye infections, and succumb quickly.

It sucked.

I only mention it to hopefully caution any future owners of how sensitive they can be. Definitely an intermediate/expert only vivarium subject, but I have known several people that did well with them for years.
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Old 01-08-2016, 12:17 PM
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Congratulations on your acquisition
I would love me some Uroplatus, I had a friend who bred them a few years back but then he got out of the hobby and I haven't seen any for sale in my country since.
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These are easily my favorite geckos... Almost got them on a few occasions but just didn't want to deal with breeding their food.

I tried and didn't like breeding dubias. Didn't help that I needed a mask to deal with them as they gave me a terrible cough.

Do you breed dubias?
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Old 01-08-2016, 07:15 PM
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They are truly an amazing animal to watch, the way they pounce on prey items is a sight to see! The biggest thing is acclimating these guys in individual quarantin enclosures.

My tubs are rather large with minimal items inside for ease of cleaning. Each tub has a schefflera, paper towel base and a few cork tubes and thats about it. I use a large clear tote's with a vent slot cut into each side. So the tote is actually standing up like a 20vert. When done misting feeding etc just put the lid back on and leave them alone..

Wild caughts are actually really hardy. They key is getting them within 2 weeks of landing in country before the importer has time to do damage. I do have my own large Dubia colony as well as breeding crickets on a smaller scale. Uroplatus do relish small land snails, so that project is going to get started next week. I did take some extra shots with my DSLR but am having issues uploading them to my pc, ill get it handled tonight and post some really great ones..

Also I have never understood the logic of keeping them in a 20g or a 10g, they are pretty much arboreal and need a lot of vertical space. I plan on building this pair a 24" cube for housing.
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Congrats, they are nice. I had a pair of fimbriatus years ago. Sold them off before I had a chance to breed. Could kick myself in the ass. Rarely see any leaf tails avaible anymore. Good luck
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wow she looks great.

Have you found in your experience that they are sensitive to temperature and humidity changes. I have heard that they are very intolerant of those changes and there health can go downhill quick.
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I have had them 78-81 degree range without issue. They both still look great and a better look at the female today makes me believe she's gravid .
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If your right congrats and good luck!! What an amazing and rewarding species to work with.
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:43 AM
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I have been surprised that they have been feeding out of a small clear 3"D x 5"L x 4" wide tupperware tub. Imo if you can clear 60 days its smooth sailing after.
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Here are a few pictures of the basic quarantine bin.
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Default Re: My new Uroplatus..

Finally got my SD card reader on my PC working again, here are a few shots . To be honest the tail pic is my favorite lol, but the unrelated tongue shot photo of my female Calumma O'shy is great as well..
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