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Traits of Geckos

Nocturnal

Geckos are nocturnal. They do very well with no lights on at all. When
you sleep, they party and play.

Geckos sleep during the day. Often times they lay flat on their belly,
with their legs in a sprawl. This way of laying is called “Splooting”,
or “Sploot”.

care
To Be Held, or Not to Be Held

Geckos are good around people. Usually they only like twenty minutes
of human interaction a day. The timing varies, from each individual

for a
gecko. Not all geckos are the same. They do like to climb up on your
shoulder. Be careful to not let them fall.

gecko
You can pet a gecko. They love the top of their head, back, and
tummy rubbed.

Clean
By: Alissa Apel
A gecko’s tank should be cleaned once every other week. They
typically go to the bathroom in one spot. Check that spot to keep it
clean. Change their water daily.
A gecko is a great first pet. You don’t have a to worry about people On the Floor
having allergies around them. They can be held, but don’t have to be. Geckos can have a shallow warm bath. Do watch them the whole time
It’s super easy to care for them. The floor of the tank should not include substrate, or sand. Both of they are in there. They can not swim. Bathing does help when they
An orange bulb is hard on gecko’s eyes, and will actually over time
these things pet stores try to sell consumers. It’s in the gecko’s nature are having problems going to the bathroom, and helps their skin when
blind them.
Types of Geckos That Make Great Pets to lick as they walk sometimes. Any loose flooring can make a gecko they are about to shed.
impacted. Then you’ will have to go to the Vet. They do however need light during the daytime; if they are not in a
• Crested Gecko Be Careful
well lit up area.
• Day Geckos Instead of sand or substrate, use paper towels, floor tile, non adhesive
• Fat-Tailed Gecko shelf paper, or cork tiles. Tiles, cork and shelf paper wipe up easily. • Do not ever pick geckos up by their tail. They can loose their tail. It
Food and Water Dishes will grow back. It is not desirable to have a gecko loose their tail.
• Gargoyle Gecko Paper towels are inexpensive to replace.
• Leopard Gecko
Your gecko will need a few flat food dishes, or you could repurpose
• Pictus Gecko Hide and Seek • Do not hold a gecko on their back. Gecko’s can not breathe if they
throw away lids to be feeding dishes. Your gecko will need a dish for
are on their back.
water, food, and calcium with vitamin D3.
What to Buy Your First Gecko Geckos like to hide, so get them three to four hide structures. You
can make your own hides if you’d like to. They even like to lay under • Do not put more than one gecko in a tank. They are solitary animals.
What do Geckos Eat?
There are a lot of unnecessary kits and items that stores try to sell first rocks and logs. There should be a hide in the cool area of the tank,
time gecko owners. Be mindful of what your pet really needs. and in the warm area of the tank. When they shed, they do best with • Do not have loose substrate, or sand in their tank. This could
• Mealworms
a moist hide. lead to digestive impaction.
• Crickets
A Gecko’s Home • Dubia Roaches
For a moist hide, lay damp paper towels in a mason jar, or in a plastic • Do not use red light. This could lead to blindness.
• Superworms
Start out with at least a 20 gallon tank. If you buy a gecko as a baby container that has a hole cut out of it. Make sure you sand down, or • Hornworms
this size of tank may seem huge. Fill the tank up with hides, rocks, and burn the edges of the plastic opening. Freshly cut edges can be sharp. • Do not remove their shed. They will do that on their own. You can
• Silkworms
branches then it will not seem so big. A screen top is important to get. assist them with putting them in a moist hide, or by giving them a
• Wax Worms
If you already have a tank, you can get screen tops separately. The Keep it Cozy shallow bath.
• Locusts
top will keep unwanted bugs out.
A temperature | humidity gauge is important. A gecko’s tank should Enjoy Your Pet
Their staple diet should be Mealworms, Crickets, and Dubia Roaches.
Belly Heat be kept around 92 degrees, on the warm side of the tank. Remember It is best to vary their diet.
they are cold blooded animals. The most important thing is to enjoy spending time with your pet.
Gecko’s need belly heat, for proper digestion, so heat mats for the It is best to feed their food (bugs and worms) veggies, for a few days Geckos are super fun to watch!
bottom of the tank are a must. Only half the tank will need heat mats. Light before feeding it to your gecko. This is called, “Gut loading” their food.
The other half will be the cool side of the tank. The mats do not always It is also great to shake the bugs and worms in calcium with vitamin
stay put, so make sure you have some Duct tape to secure them. It is a rumor that geckos need an orange light at night. Orange D3 powder before feedings. Geckos like their food alive.
bulbs are sold in gecko kits at the pet stores. Do not buy into this.

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