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Pictus gecko

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Sexing and Characteristics:

Pictus geckos are very easily breed. The male gets to bumps near the back of his tail. The female may also show signs of bumps near the back of her tail. The pictus gecko can mate all year round but is more effectively bred in the winter and will usually mate at night or early in the morning . Before mating the male will bite the females neck and then if she is interested she will bite back then he will put his leg over her tail and mate. 1-2 months later she will lay her eggs which you put in a Tupperware container filled with vermiculite or perlite soil then you put the container in an incubator then 4-10 weeks later thereís your babies. If you want mostly males then put the temperature higher than 85 if you want mostly females put the temperature under 85 if you want a mix 85 or 86 is good . Breeding age for a male is 11 months a female a year also the female should weight 50 grams.

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Substrate and Water Needs:

I simply put out a dish of water which he drinks from but I also mist him 1-2 times a day. I recommend that you use Repti Carpet as a substrate, itís what I use for all of my geckos and itís safe for babies and adults! I donít recommend that you use any type of sand or bark as this can give them serious rashes and can cause them to get sick and impacted if they consume it. You should change your reptile carpet about every other week or so.

Lighting and UVB:

I donít suggest you need any UV lighting but if you use one it canít do any harm you do need a heat lamp thought I suggest you use a 60 - 100 watt bulb. I use a 75 watt but my house is quite chilly itís usually about 62 to 67 degrees if your house is like this Iíd use a 70 or 100 watt, that is if you are keeping your gecko in a 15-20 gallon tank. If youíre cage is a higher built cage I might even try a 150 bulb but I wouldnít go over 150 for safety sake ! You need to keep your heat lamp on 12-14 hours a day I keep mine on from 9-9 as this gives him balanced sleeping and hunting times.

Temperatures and Humidity:

You need to keep the temperatures in the day at about 80 - 90 degrees and at night 60 - 65 but I wouldnít let the temperatures drop below 60. I donít use a night bulb for mine but some people like this for colder homes as this type of bulb keeps in some heat at night. If you use a night bulb you will need to buy another heat lamp for night. You need to have an area where he can bask in the sun I use a tight beam for his basking spot this way it stays at the 90-95 degrees that it needs to stay at. You can also use a under-tank heater or heat pad also keep these on about 12-14 hrs also never use heat rocks or heat caves as this may burn your gecko .

Heating and Equipment:

It is very important that you use a heat lamp as this is their only form of heat except natural sunlight since this type of gecko is from Madagascar it is use to relevantly warm temperatures. I do suggest if possible you let him get some real sunlight either inside through a large window or in the summer a little outside running around the yard is excellent for his health just make sure that there arenít any other animals around you and your gecko such as cats or dogs and never leave him alone outside without supervision as he will run away or be eaten by a predator! and I know you donít want that to happen so keep two eyes on the little feller.

Caging Provided:

I suggest you use at least a 10 gallon tank I use a 15 so that mine has lots of space to run around. If you have 2 or more you need to add 10 gallons every gecko you add example: if You have 5 geckos you need to use a 50 gallon or larger. Pictus geckos love to hide so you need at least one place for Your gecko to hide I use half a coconut with a hole in the side you can buy these at lots of pet stores and my gecko absolutely loves them plus there only 4 or 5 dollars. Even though geckos donít often climb it is good that you have something for them to climb on if they feel like it. I íd also use some kind of live plant so that if you spray the plant theyíll go in it and get moisture from it. You can also buy magnetic caves these are good because you donít have to disturb the gecko to check on him/her.



Description of Diet:

I simply feed mine crickets and the occasional wax worms and silk worms but donít give to many of these as they are fattening. I give my gecko 2 or 3 crickets a day (a dozen a week) some people prefer to put 4 dozen in at a time for the month though I wouldnít suggest this as the gecko often will over eat. When your gecko is younger you should feed him a half of a dozen every other day to fatten them up.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Itís important that you give your animal the nutrition it needs I use rep-cal which gives him lots of vitamins. Simply put it in a container and shake the crickets in it. It is very important that you gut load the crickets so that they get nutrition as crickets are very low in fiber and vitamins.


You need to give them something to climb on and something to go in you can use a margarine container with a hole in the side or you can buy a cave at your local pet store. Use live plants or you can use fake plastic plants but make sure that they are not too close to the heat lamp or they might melt! These geckos are really easy to take care of.

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Iíve had my gecko for 3 yrs now and havnít had any problems, and if you stick to the proper care you shouldnít have any problems either. They really are great little animals, there extremely docile and relatively hardy. Hope this helped you and enjoy your little fellers!
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