A Guide to Keeping Pet Geckos
Gecko Lizard Care Guide: Everything You Need to Know
Geckos are a popular pet for reptile enthusiasts. With their bright colors and curious personalities, geckos make great pets for people of all ages! But what do you need to know about keeping geckos as pets? Let’s take a look at the basics of gecko care.
Housing Your Gecko
When it comes to housing your gecko, it’s important to remember that they require plenty of space. A 10-gallon tank is a minimum size recommended for adult geckos, but larger tanks are even better. Make sure that there are plenty of places for your gecko to hide and climb in its enclosure, such as rocks and branches. You should also add a layer of substrate, such as bark chips or reptile-safe bedding, to provide insulation and help keep humidity levels up.
Feeding Your Gecko
Geckos are insectivores, meaning they primarily eat insects such as crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. Feed your gecko two or three times per week with gut-loaded insects (insects that have been fed nutritious food), making sure not to overfeed them. Some species may also enjoy fruit or other foods such as cooked chicken or egg yolk occasionally. Be sure to dust the insects with calcium powder every few feedings to ensure your gecko gets enough nutrients.
Temperature and Humidity Requirements
Geckos prefer warm temperatures during the day—generally around 80°F—with a nighttime drop down into the 70s. It’s also important to keep humidity levels high—around 70%. To achieve these levels of temperature and humidity you can use heat mats, lamps, or ceramic bulbs placed on one side of the tank only so that your gecko has access to both hot spots and cooler areas within its enclosure. You can also use an ultrasonic humidifier if needed.
Conclusion: Whether you’re new to reptile ownership or just looking for something different from the usual snake or turtle options, a pet gecko is a great choice! With proper care and attention, they can make wonderful companions with unique personalities that will bring joy into any home! So if you’ve been considering adding a pet gecko to your family, now you know what it takes—happy lizard-keeping!