African Fat Tailed Gecko

5 Cool Facts About Oreo African Fat-Tailed Geckos

Oreo African fat-tailed gecko morphs make great reptile pets and are more interesting than the average lizard. Originally from Africa, these geckos belong to the fat-tailed gecko subspecies and are popular pets worldwide. 

A cool fact about the Oreo African fat-tailed geckos: they sport a distinct brown/cream combination like Oreo cookies due to carefully selected crossbreeding. They are quite popular and, as such, cost more than other gecko species.

Read on for more cool facts and frequently asked questions about Oreo African fat-tailed geckos. 

1. Why Are They Called Oreo African Fat-Tailed Geckos?

Oreo African fat-tailed geckos are called Oreo AFTG because they have a distinct brown/cream combination when they become adults, making them look like an oreo cookie. Younger Oreo geckos may have a white/black combination, but their color fades as they grow

The body of these geckos is vanilla-colored and can have a chocolate brown stripe if they are a striped Oreo fat tail. Some Oreo geckos may have white, orange, cream, and light brown combinations. When you buy a baby gecko, don’t worry if it’s white and black initially, as their true colors reveal with time.

These colors result from a recessive trait resulting in a lighter color combination and less pigmentation than other African fat-tailed geckos. 

2. How Are They Bred To Look Like That, or Are They That Color Directly From the Wild?

Oreo African fat-tailed geckos result from carefully selected crossbreeding and are not found in the wild. Expert breeders have created unique color variations over many years of selective breeding. The Oreo gecko is an example of this, as are other gecko morphs. 

However, even the best breeders can’t get the right color pattern every time, so the Oreo-colored geckos are rarer than the regular fat-tailed geckos. 

3. Are They Different Than Other African Fat-Tailed Geckos? Do They Need Special Care?

Oreo geckos and other African fat-tailed geckos need special care, especially with how you handle them. If you hold them by the tail, they may panic and shed their tail, leaving a short stump behind. Also, avoid squeezing them too hard, making them feel threatened. 

Oreo African fat-tailed geckos, like any fat-tailed gecko, can get used to humans but require gradual habitation, so don’t rush things with a new pet gecko. Once your pet gecko is more fond of you, they may allow you to handle them without fear, and you won’t have to worry about them losing their tails! 

While Oreo African fat-tailed geckos are quite popular for African fat-tailed geckos, the leopard gecko breed is the most popular among all geckos. These leopard geckos are more active than fat-tailed geckos and make lively pets. 

However, Oreo geckos are often rarer, and many gecko enthusiasts love to keep them because of their unique color combination. 

5. How much are oreo fat-tailed geckos?

It’s hard to breed these geckos to get the right color, so regular geckos are typically cheaper. 

These geckos may cost between $150-$500, depending on the color patterns, age, sex, and other factors. Young, healthy geckos are usually more expensive than those with more striking colors. 

The gecko cost will also depend on which breeder you’re buying from. Breeders with more experience and a proven track record often charge more, and their breeding methods are more humane. Online stores also sell them, which are less expensive and easier to find than a breeder.


Chris is a reptile enthusiast, breeder, and blogger from the Milwaukee, WI area. After breeding hundreds of bearded dragons to supply local pet stores and owning many other types of reptiles, he is now focused on sharing knowledge to help owners properly care for their little reptiles friends.

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