Knob Tail Gecko

  • Common Group: GECKOS
  • Common Name: Banded Knob Tail Gecko
  • Scientific Name: Nephrurus wheeleri cinctus, Nephrurus wheeleri wheeleri
  • Distribution: Australia
  • Size: 5" - 6"

Natural habitat

This terrestrial gecko is found in the arid desert scrublands of Australia. A 15 gallon or larger enclosure with some dark places is needed for captivity.


May bite but most will become tame with regular handling. Males can become territorial, separate from other males. Usually tame but frequent handling will stress the animal.

Captive environment

Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Provide rocky basking areas, likes crevices and caves.


Maintain day temperature range between 80-88 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 66-72 degrees F. Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24-hour heat.


This species requires low to moderate levels of humidity.

Water requirements

Provide a large shallow bowl for drinking and soaking. Mist once per week.

Nutritional requirements

This carnivore's primary diet is insects and arthropods. Always offer variety for proper nutrition. Eats variety of small worms such as black or tubifex. Dust food with calcium and vitamins.