African Fat Tailed Gecko

Fat-tailed Gecko at Wingham Wildlife Park

African Fat-Tailed Gecko Natural History


These geckos grow to about 9 inches (23 cm) with males of the species being slightly larger than females.

Habitat and Distribution

This species originates from the savannahs of West Africa, preferring rocky hillsides and scrubland habitats.


African fat-tailed geckos can live for over 15 years in captivity.


These insectivores eat a variety of insects including crickets, mealworms and silkworms.

Groups and Breeding

Females can lay up to five clutches of eggs per breading season with each clutch consisting of 1-3 eggs. These take 43-70 days to hatch depending on the temperature and hatchlings measure 2-3 inches (5-7 cm).


This species is widespread throughout its natural habitat and is not considered threatened although agriculture and collection for the pet trade do pose potential threats.

Interesting facts

African fat-tailed geckos have a unique behaviour of tail wagging thought to be used to distract their prey when hunting.

The African Fat-Tailed Gecko During Your Day Out in Kent

Our African fat-tailed gecko can be seen in the reptile house here at Wingham Wildlife Park alongside a number of other reptiles including several snake, turtle, gecko and lizard species plus a variety of amphibians and invertebrates.