Categories | Reptile Breeders | Gecko Breeders
If you are after a pet that is a little different from the norm and that is fun and interesting to keep, a gecko might just fit the bill. Here’s what you need to know.
There are many different species of geckos that can be found living around the house or that can be kept as pets. They also come in many different colour variations and some have truly striking patterns. Great geckos for beginners include leopard geckos, crested geckos and African fat tail geckos. They are nocturnal which means that they are most active at night. Geckos are different from lizards in a couple of main ways. The first is that they communicate with each other using chirping sounds. As well, geckos don’t have eyelids but rather a transparent membrane over the eyes which they clean by licking them with their tongues. Another interesting feature about geckos is that they can walk up and down walls and even across ceilings with ease as they have special pads on their feet. Some species of geckos can even change colour like chameleons in order to blend in with their surroundings or to adjust to the temperature.
Geckos live in a cage that is commonly known as a vivarium and you will need to purchase and furnish one before you obtain your pet gecko. Ensure that the cage is large enough to comfortably hold your gecko. You will need to heat the cage which can be done with a 60 watt bulb fitted with a thermostat or dimmer switch to ensure that the temperature is at the correct level. Use an appropriate substrate such as bark or reptile sand on the bottom of the cage, and place plenty of rocks and artificial plants in the cage so they have plenty of places to hide. Of course, make sure that you have plenty of fresh water available in the cage – shallow dishes are best – and spraying a water mist into the cage is ideal if your pet gecko prefers to drink water droplets.
Crickets are an excellent source of food for geckos. When they are young, feeding should be done twice daily but it can be reduced to twice weekly once they are of a certain age. Only give your gecko as many crickets as they can eat in 20 minutes and remove any remaining crickets afterwards. As well as crickets, you can feed your gecko mealworms, worms, flies, and even one day old mice once they are adult size (depending on the species of gecko). You should also give your gecko supplements that are specially designed for them to ensure that they are getting the vitamins and minerals they need.
It is important to start handling your pet gecko from a young age. They might be nervous at first but the more you handle them, the more used to it they will get and the easier they will accept it. You should start slowly, by just putting your hand in the cage with them and then gradually build up to handling them. Always be very gentle and never hold them by the tail as the tail can break off, which could cause them to lose trust in you.
Other Information about Geckos
As geckos are classed as an exotic pet, you should check with your local state or territory authority to ensure that you are allowed to keep geckos and that you have the appropriate permits to do so.
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