to Keep Your New House Gecko
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Appeal. You can’t help but like these bright-eyed cuties. Their small size and price make house geckos keepable in the smallest apartment. You may experience difficulty keeping him in his cage, but he’ll fit in your apartment.
Natural Roach Killers. Many people release house geckos in their living quarters to reduce their roach population. That’s probably one reason they’re now found all over the world. They thrive in the same environments that support roaches.
Size. You might find a mature adult house gecko growing close to five inches. Most top out around three inches. Even tho they can eat adult crickets, the medium crickets work better.
Space. Ten-gallon aquariums with a screen top work well. You won’t need locks for house geckos. Take their top off carefully. You can crush the ones that like to squeeze into the tiny space below their cover. Those plastic “keeper” cages come apart too hard. The extra effort popping their top makes them easy to escape from.
Keep Covered. You absolutely need a cover or house geckos run up the glass, take a flying leap, and hit the floor running. They then run up the walls and even across your ceiling as fast as you can run on your floor.
Provide Cover. Put lots of “decor” in their cage. House geckos spend their days hiding from predators. Give them lots of spaces to hide and you’ll have happy geckos.
Special Lighting. No prob. You don’t have to light these guys at all – unless you keep live plants in their cage. House geckos work the night shift. They do like live plants because they provide excellent hiding places and plenty of humidity.
Water. A frequently changed water bowl gives them something to drink and helps provide the humidity they need. Put a bubbling airstone in their water dish. Those new waterfalls work even better. So do the misters and volcanoes. House geckos also appreciate frequent mistings.
Supplements. Fast-growing lizards such as iguanas need calcium and D3 for their bone growth. Forget these for house geckos. These little guys don’t grow six feet long. Most supplements will cause them more problems than they could possibly solve. If you insist on souping up their food, just give their crickets and mealworms a healthy diet.
Cage Mates. House geckos mix well with green anoles, brown anoles, green tree frogs, grey tree frogs, fire-belly newts, long-tail grass lizards, red-belly toads, and survive well in vivariums containing fish on the lower level.
House Gecko Problems. YOU are their biggest problem. Squishing them with their cage lid and breaking off their tails are their biggest threats.
Foods. If it’s small and moves they’ll try to eat it. See the chart above for their favorites. Feel free to add other bugs – especially nocturnal bugs such as moths. House geckos will jump a pretty good sized moth.
Breeding 1. You’re more likely to breed these guys accidentally than on purpose. Escaped house geckos breed when they can find a food and water source – like at Aqualand. As a result, they’re fairly well established in most warm weather parts of the world (as well as Aqualand). House geckos help out by eating up our crickets that escape.
Breeding 2. If you plan to breed them on purpose, provides lots of nooks and crannies. Male house geckos get territorial. You also need plenty of space – like a 29-gallon aquarium. You’ll breed them better when you give them so much cover you can hardly see them.
Whitmore, Gainesville, FL, December 26, 2005
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