From the Gecko?

From the Gecko?

Caring for a pet gecko can be a rewarding experience, but it's essential to understand the specific needs of the species you choose, as different types of geckos have varying requirements. Below is a general care sheet for keeping pet geckos, along with some information about common gecko species:

Common Types of Geckos:

Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius):

Size: 7-10 inches long.
Lifespan: 15-20 years.
Temperament: Docile and easy to handle.
Housing: A 10-20-gallon terrarium with a secure lid.
Temperature: A basking spot of 90-95°F (32-35°C) and a cooler side around 75-80°F (24-27°C).
Diet: Insects, primarily crickets and mealworms, supplemented with calcium and vitamin D3.

Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus):

Size: 6-10 inches long.
Lifespan: 15-20 years.
Temperament: Usually calm and can be handled, but they may jump when startled.
Housing: A vertical terrarium with live plants and branches.
Temperature: Keep the enclosure between 72-80°F (22-27°C).
Diet: Fruit-based commercial crested gecko diet, supplemented with insects occasionally.

General Care for Pet Geckos:


Provide an appropriate-sized enclosure with secure lids to prevent escape.
Add hiding spots and climbing branches to mimic their natural environment.
Use the appropriate substrate (bedding), such as reptile carpet, coconut coir, or paper towels.

Temperature and Lighting:

Install heat lamps or heat mats to maintain the correct temperature gradient.
Provide a UVB light source for diurnal gecko species to aid in calcium absorption.


Feed a diet that's suitable for the specific gecko species, including insects, fruits, or commercial diets.
Dust insects with calcium and vitamin supplements as needed.


Provide a shallow water dish for drinking.
Some gecko species prefer higher humidity, so misting their enclosure may be necessary.

Handle your gecko gently and infrequently, as they can be stressed by excessive handling.


Regularly check for signs of illness, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, or unusual behavior.
Seek veterinary care from a reptile specialist if you suspect any health issues.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

Clean and disinfect the enclosure regularly to prevent bacterial growth.
Remove uneaten food and waste promptly.


If you plan to breed geckos, research specific requirements and be prepared for the care of offspring.
Remember that the care requirements may vary among gecko species, so it's crucial to research and understand the specific needs of the type of gecko you intend to keep as a pet. Always consult with a reptile veterinarian or a knowledgeable breeder for species-specific guidance.
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