|average adult size:||4 to 12 inches long, depending on species|
|average life span:||up to 10+ years with proper care|
Will reach adult size in 6-18 months, depending on species and under ideal conditions; upgrade habitat size as your reptile grows.
A well-balanced Tropical Gecko diet consists of:
- A variety of insects, including gut-loaded (recently fed) crickets, mealworms and waxworms.
- Some species, such as Golden Geckos, like fruit baby food.
- Benefit from Tropical Gecko commercial food.
Things to remember when feeding your Tropical Gecko:
- Fresh, clean, chlorine-free water should be available at all times.
- Feed juveniles daily, adults every other day.
- Sprinkle food with calcium supplement daily and a multi-vitamin supplement once or twice a week.
- Size - appropriate size and shape habitat to accommodate normal behaviors and exercise. Due to the varied sizes and growth rates of Geckos, and their individualized needs, we recommend you consult a book on this species to determine its specific housing requirements.
- Habitat - thick branches for climbing; tall, dense non-toxic plants for hiding a hiding area elevated off the habitat floor is also necessary. Maintain greater than 70% humidity by misting as needed every day.
- Substrate - use a mulchtype such as coconut fiber or bark; Geckos may eat their substrate, if they do, switch to something they cannot eat such as repticarpet.
- Temperature - temperature gradient (95°F for the warm end and 70°F for the cool end); recommend radiant heat. Use an incandescent light or ceramic heater as primary heat source.
- Lighting - UVB rays with full spectrum lighting for 10-12 hours a day is recommended for Golden Geckos; most Tropical Geckos only need fluorescent light for 10-12 hours a day. An incandescent day bulb can be used for basking area if not using a ceramic heater.
- House adult Tropical Geckos separately and do not house different reptile species together.
- Most Tropical Gecko species are nocturnal (active at night).
- Many Tropical Geckos are easily stressed, and do not like to be handled; Some become aggressive when handled.
- Some Tropical Geckos may bite when handled, use caution when feeding.
Thoroughly clean the habitat at least once a week: place Gecko in a secure habitat; scrub the tank and furnishings with a 3% bleach solution; rinse thoroughly with water, removing all traces of bleach smell; dry the tank and furnishings completely and add clean substrate.
Grooming & Hygiene
- Geckos regularly shed their skin; ensure humidity of habitat is at appropriate level to allow proper shedding.
- To facilitate shedding, bathe in a large container that allows the Gecko to immerse its entire body or provide a shed box, which is essentially a hide box with sphagnum moss, that will aid in the shedding process.
Signs of a Healthy Animal
- Active and alert
- Clear eyes
- Body and tail are rounded, filled out
- Healthy skin
- Clear nose and vent
- Eats regularly
- weight loss or decreased appetite
- mucus in mouth or nose
- bumps, sores, or abrasions on skin
- labored breathing
- paralysis of limbs or tail
- abnormal feces
Common Health Issues
|Health Issue||Symptoms or Causes||Suggested Action|
|Gastro-intestinal disease||Runny stools, caked or smeared stool around the vent area, and loss of appetite caused by bacterial or parasitic infection.||Consult your exotic animal veterinarian.|
|Metabolic bone/vitamin deficiency||Inability to absorb calcium due to insufficient UVB light. If untreated, can lead to a disorder characterized by deformities and softened bones. Swollen limbs and lethargy||Consult your exotic animal veterinarian and provide ample UVB lighting.|
|Respiratory disease||Labored breathing and mucus in the mouth or nose. Can be caused by a habitat that is too cold or damp.||Consult your exotic animal veterinarian and ensure habitat is appropriately warm.|
Ask an associate about Petco’s selection of books on Tropical Geckos and the variety of Petco Brand products available for the care and happiness of your new pet. All Petco Brand products carry a 100% money-back guarantee.
Because all Geckos are potential carriers of infectious diseases, such as Salmonella, always wash your hands before and after handling your Gecko and/or habitat contents to help prevent the potential spread of diseases.
Pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing and/or caring for a Gecko and should consider not having a Gecko as a pet.
This care sheet can cover the needs of other species.
Note: The information in this Care Sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care. If you need additional information, please refer to the sources on the following page or contact your veterinarian as appropriate.