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Care Sheet for Geckos

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.67    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 02/18/2006

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Geckos

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

AbyssalDevil

Years Experience:

Under 1 Year

Species:

Golden Gecko

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Females are obviously smaller than the males. Males have two knobs at the base of their tail, and are a more yellow-ish color, whereas females are olive-green-yellow.

Mostly Active During:

Night

Substrate and Water Needs:

Geckos need moisutre and humidity, but do not use cedar or pine, since they give the gecko breathing problems. A shallow drinking bowl is a must, although they will not drink from it often; mist the sides of the tank, as they would prefer to drink like that. If your gecko doesnít drink from the bowl. donít worry.

Lighting and UVB:

Use a 45-60 watt heat lamp, depending on the size of its tank. UVB ligts are optional

Temperatures and Humidity:

Keep it 75-85F durin the day, and about 65-75F during the night. The humidity should be around 65%, at least.

Heating and Equipment:

Heat lamps are required, and under-tank heating pads are optional, though preferred.

Caging Provided:

15-20 gallons work for a single gecko. The tank should be tall, as geckos love to climb.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

When insects arenít available, mashed fruits (bananas, apricots, peaches, etc) or even fruit-flavoured baby food is good enough, althouh itíd be better if you supply them with crickets, mealworms, or waxworms.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Dust the crickets with the calcium/vitamins, or mix them with the fruits. Geckos need a lot of calcium. The gecko should be given a variety of foods, to keep them entertained.

Maintenance:

Obviously, clean out leftover feed and fecal whenever you see them. Change the water once a day, and if youíve got live plants, remember to remove the half-eaten, dying or dead leaves.

Some Words on this Species:

Although they are not too aggressive, they donít like to be handled, and will bite if they feel threatened. Most golden geckos are taken directly from the wild, and thus are a little aggressive and easily stressed.
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