Bibrons Gecko

Bibrons Gecko at Wingham Wildlife Park

Bibrons Gecko Natural History

Size

This gecko reaches lengths of around 8 inches.

Habitat and Distribution

This African gecko can be found in dry forests and rock faces across almost all of the southern parts of Africa.

Age

This lizard has been known to live for 18 years or more in captivity.

Threats

This is a common gecko species which does not currently require any conservation efforts, however it is still caught very commonly for the pet trade, and is often also confused with the turners gecko, with the two of them almost being interchangeable in the pet trade – as such import numbers and pet sale numbers of the 2 species can be difficult to pin point.

Diet

The majority of this carnivorous lizards diet is made up of invertebrates such as crickets, locusts and spiders, however it will also feed on very small mammals and reptiles when it is fully grown.

Groups and Breeding

This is an aggressive gecko when it comes to males of the species however females can often be found living both amongst themselves and the males.

Interesting Facts

As with many gecko species (and other lizards), when threatened, if this animal is caught by its tail, it can simply drop its tail off allowing it to run away.  After some time the tail will grow back (at which point it will serve the same purpose – mainly as a means to escape as well as a fat store, but will not look the same as the original).

Bibrons Geckos During Your Day Out in Kent

The bibrons gecko can be difficult to spot and due to its aggressive nature to enclosure mates of the same species (they are placid to other species), you may see them hanging out with other species rather than an exhibit all of their own.  However due to their brown colouration, incredible camouflage markings and rough skin, they blend in almost seamlessly with surroundings such as branches and cork bark.